Today in restaurant and grocery news, major QSR brands and iconic restaurants alike move into the consumer-packaged goods (CPG) space, while many chains beef up (or un-beef up, as it were) their plant-based options. Plus, Domino’s breaks 18,000 restaurants — here’s where that places it with respect to the competition.
Is there aggregating among aggregators? How about Grubhub and Just Eat? Will there be more? We’re going to go ahead and predict right here and now — there will be more.
Following quarter after quarter of strong sales across the globe and some significant evolutions in its digital strategy, Domino’s Pizza just hit a major milestone. The company announced Thursday (July 15) that, with a new store opening in La Junta, Colorado, the chain has hit 18,000 stores globally.
Consumers no longer need to go to niche vegan restaurants to find plant-based options beyond the typical burger substitute. As the plant-based space grows, major restaurant chains are adding more and more meat-free choices to their menus. This week, Little Caesars, Panda Express and Baja Fresh Mexican Grill have all added new alternative proteins to their menus.
Famous New York City restaurant Serendipity3 may have just reopened, but with its line of CPG desserts, customers have been engaging with the brand throughout the pandemic. Sal Pesce, president and chief operating officer at Serendipity Brands, spoke with PYMNTS about using the brand’s “mystique” to succeed in the competitive packaged desserts space.