Domestic tea sales jump 6%

According to new research from the American Botanical Council, sales of loose, bagged, concentrated and herbal tea in the US increased by 5.9 percent in 2013, totally $1.7B. Ready-to-drink tea sales in the US remained relatively flat at $2.3B. According...

Qdoba experiences double-digit growth in catering sales

Jack in the Box, parent company of Jack in the Box and Qdoba restaurant brands, announced its Q4 and FY results this week. Jack in the Box's Q4 same-store sales were up 3.1 percent at both company and franchised locations. This is compared to a decrease of 0.2 percent during the same period last year. For the fiscal year, ended Sept.

Boston Market catering, takeout up 20 percent over last year

Heat & Serve options have surged 20 percent over last year, and catering is up 18 percent.

Square launches free POS app

The cloud-based point-of-sale solution tracks sales and manages items and inventory.

Intuit, Revel Systems developing QuickBooks POS

The new offering automatically syncs sales, payments, inventory, CRM and payroll data to QuickBooks.

Zoe's comps up 6.3 percent YTD

Zoe's attributes the comp increase to an increase in transactions and product mix, combined with a 1.3-percent increase in price.

Swipely ramping up in the restaurant space

Business insights provider Swipely is managing over $4 billion in annual sales on its cloud-based platform for restaurant, hospitality and retail brands. In the last six months, Swipely said it has doubled sales under management and provides insights on more...

NRA, SBA encouraging shoppers to #DineSmall on Nov. 29

The partnership will encourage shoppers to patronize local restaurants while shopping on Small Business Saturday.

Salata adds vegan proteins

Quinoa, falafel and tofu are available for an additional $2 in a wrap or small salad and $3 in the regular salad.

Chronic Tacos donates $10,000 to No Kid Hungry

Throughout the month of September, Chronic Tacos continued to raise funds for No Kid Hungry through donations and fundraising events, including its Sept. 22 promotion donating 15 percent of all sales made during the day.

ChowNow partners with Yelp for online ordering

Online ordering and marketing platform ChowNow now integrates with the Yelp Transaction Platform to allow restaurants to take orders directly from their Yelp business page.

California Tortilla enters NYC metro market

The Montvale, New Jersey location will be the Washington, D.C.-based brand's first in the New York City metropolitan area.

Luna Grill secures private funding

The funding will help Luna Grill continue its plans to grow to 30 locations by the end of 2015.

Chipotle launches mobile job application platform

More than 5,000 have submitted applications via Chipotle's recently-launched mobile application program.

Blaze ignites Knoxville opening with free pizza giveaway

Fast casual concept Blaze Pizza is celebrating the opening of its Knoxville store by giving away free pizza.

The Habit announces IPO

Shares will be available at a price of $18 per share starting Nov. 20.

San Francisco restaurant workers get $4M in back pay

Workers at Yank Sing restaurant were granted back pay for minimum wage, meal, rest period and other labor code violations.

30% of holiday shoppers plan to pay with mobile wallet

More than 40 percent of holiday shoppers intend to use mobile payments at coffee shops and fast food restaurants.

Foodservice Packaging Institute's annual Trends Report shows market shifts

Packaging trends include continued interest in sustainable products.

NRA selects LeanPath for food waste prevention program

The National Restaurant Association has chosen LeanPath Inc., provider of automated food waste monitoring systems, as its preferred supplier for the company's Conserve sustainability program.

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