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1/18/2021

Shake Shack's US digital sales surged after the pandemic hit last March and online and in-app sales more than tripled in the fourth quarter compared to the same period in 2019. Early investments in digital paid off for the chain and it's continuing innovative efforts, with plans to roll out revamped versions of its website and mobile app later this year.

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1/18/2021

The pandemic has fueled a rise in ghost kitchens and digital ordering as consumers have demanded more convenient delivery options. About 20% of restaurant orders are placed digitally now, compared to 5% before the pandemic, according to Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the National Restaurant Association's Research and Knowledge Group.

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1/18/2021

A Pret A Manger restaurant in New York City is doing double duty as a ghost kitchen for five virtual brands created by one of the chain's suppliers, sous vide ingredients company Cuisine Solutions. Cuisine Solutions is working with Pret employees who will ultimately take over preparing the made-to-order meals, which are available for takeout and delivery only.

1/18/2021

Yelp has updated its site and app to include feedback from users on how specific restaurants are complying with COVID-19 safety requirements, the company said in a blog post. The information will be in a new section dubbed "Health & Safety Measures," and restaurants will be graded with a green check mark if most users report that mask and distancing rules are being enforced or an orange question mark if there are too many reports of rules being broken.

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1/18/2021

A growing number of restaurants are partnering with Dispatch Goods to offer customers the option of having their takeout food served in containers that can be returned to the restaurant, sanitized and reused. San Francisco's Zuni Cafe uses the reusable dishes for all of its takeout and delivery orders, while others offer them as an option.

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1/15/2021

Kellogg's Kashi brand is rolling out a keto-friendly cereal offering 12 grams of plant-based protein and 1 gram of sugar per serving. The Kashi Go grain-free line includes two flavors: dark cocoa and cinnamon vanilla.

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1/15/2021

PepsiCo's Frito-Lay unit has recruited actor Ashton Kutcher to star in a teaser spot for its Cheetos Crunch Pop Mix Super Bowl ad. Kutcher appears shocked while rifling through evidence photos and discovering an empty Cheetos Crunch Pop Mix bag.

1/15/2021

Colgate-Palmolive has teamed with design company JAM to revamp its Ajax packaging to appeal to the European market. Modifications include a cleaner logo, increased white space and lighter hues to emphasize a brand and purpose that resonates with the European consumer, said JAM founder Peter Johnson.

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1/15/2021

Monster Beverage has named Hilton H. Schlosberg, who's served as CFO at the company for 23 years, as co-CEO. Thomas J. Kelly, executive vice president of finance, has been tapped to replace Schlosberg as CFO.

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1/15/2021

KiiTO has rebranded as Vast to expand its appeal beyond the keto market. The functional protein beverage brand is planning to double its retail footprint this year, and has revised SKU names to resonate more with mainstream consumers, said Kendall Dreyer, Vast co-founder and chief sales officer.

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