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US restaurant sales growth continues to be positive in April, putting the industry on a 15-month streak of improving sales year-over-year, according to data from Black Box Intelligence; however, April's 5.3% sales growth is the weakest during same period

Price of a foodservice meal in the US up 9% in April compared to April 2019, hit by food inflation and rising costs, according to The NPD Group; traffic down 11%

Starlinger highlights recoSTAR PET 215 HC iV+ PET bottle recycling line at recently opened Circular Plastics Australia recycling facility in New South Wales; line produces 2.5 tons/hour of food-contact rPET pellets for making new beverage, food packaging

Government of New South Wales, Australia, announces its ban on lightweight plastic bags will come into force June 1; from November, government will ban single-use plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates, bowls, cotton buds, EPS foodware and cups

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May 13, 2022

Industry Roundup

Baked Goods

Brazilian government decreases its food import tax rate to zero on 11 products including beef, chicken and baked goods, as a measure to help fight inflation
Brazilian Government (05/12)

Potbelly announces limited-time return of its Lemon Cheesecake Cookie, featuring lemon flavoring mixed with bites of real cheesecake
QSR Magazine (05/11)

Breakfast Foods

Burger King testing three new Cheesy Breakfast Melts in Southern California; melts feature choice of sausage, bacon or black forest ham, layered with two slices of American cheese and a fluffy folded egg on toasted round bread
Chew Boom (05/11)

Starbucks launches summer menu; new and returning items include Chocolate Cream Cold Brew, Lime-Frosted Coconut Bar, Unicorn Cake Pop, and Bacon, Sausage & Egg Wrap
Chew Boom (05/10)


Westrock Coffee announces achievement of its previously stated goal to responsibly source 100% of its tea globally; announcement follows commitment in 2021 to responsibly source 100% of its coffee and tea
Business Wire (05/11)

Cold Cuts/Processed Meats

C-P Flexible Packaging and Volpi Foods launch GreenStream fully compostable package for packaged deli meats; GreenStream is certified compostable by BPI and meets standards established under ASTM D6400 test methods
Business Wire (05/11)

Cold Sandwiches & Wraps

Arby's announces seasonal returns of its Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich and Orange Cream Shake; the sandwich features diced chicken, red grapes, apples, celery, pecans and mayo with green leaf lettuce on toasted honey wheat bread
Chew Boom (05/12)

Aldi recalling some of its chicken wraps because of fears some are contaminated with salmonella
The Mirror (05/11)

Confectionery & Sweet Snacks

Scotland's food safety regulator urges retailers to check stock after officials find that products subject to the Europe-wide Kinder salmonella recall were on sale
MarketLine (05/12)

Executive Perspective: Mondelez plans to maintain its high single-digit EPS growth by expanding its chocolate and biscuits portfolio, increasing its e-commerce revenue share to 20% by 2030 and pursuing acquisitions, says CEO Dirk Van de Put
Candy & Snack Today (05/12)

Fried & Cooked Chicken

Pret A Manger recalls all chicken products due to fears of salmonella contamination with its suppliers, after Aldi makes a similar move with some sandwiches
Chester Chronicle: Web Edition Articles (05/12)

Panera announces return of its Toasted Frontega Chicken Sandwich, featuring smoked pulled chicken, melted mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, red onions, fresh basil and chipotle sauce on black pepper focaccia
Chew Boom (05/11)

Fruits, Vegetables & Salads

SunOpta reports Q1 net earnings of US$3.5M, compared to year-ago loss of US$281,000, as revenue rises 15.7% to US$240.2M, reflecting 13.4% growth in plant-based category and 18.7% increase in fruit-based category
Business Wire (05/11)

Hot Sandwiches, Wraps & Burgers

Subway announces offering of new Sweet Onion Steak Teriyaki Sandwich, featuring shaved steak on artisanal Italian bread, topped with crisp green peppers, red onions and American cheese, then finished with Subway’s new tangy Sweet Onion Teriyaki sauce
Chew Boom (05/12)


General Mills to acquire TNT Crust, a manufacturer of frozen pizza crusts for regional and national pizza chains, foodservice distributors and retail outlets; deal includes facilities in Wisconsin and Missouri
Business Wire (05/11)

Savory Snacks

Kellogg's Cheez-It brand announces limited-time launch of new Cheez-It Snap’d Scorchin’ Hot Cheddar cracker flavor; product features flavors of cheddar, garlic and umami
Chew Boom (05/12)

Executive Perspective: Retail success for snack brands starts with investing in a strong digital and social presence to build personal connections with consumers and create brand communities, says Joe Ens, CEO of low-sugar cookie company HighKey
Baking Business (05/11)

Coffee Shops & Juice Bars

Baristas at a Starbucks location in suburban La Grange vote against forming a union, becoming the first in Illinois to do so after workers at stores in Peoria and Cary voted in favor of joining the union last week
Chicago Tribune (05/12)

Independent restaurants with one-to-two locations still represent 53% of total restaurants in the US despite bearing the brunt of the pandemic dining room lockdowns and restrictions, according to The NPD Group
The NPD Group Inc. (05/12)

Quick Service Restaurants (QSR)

Wendy's reports Q1 net earnings of US$37.4M, down 9.6% from year-ago period, hindered by decline in operating profit; total revenues rise 6.2% to US$488.6M
PR Newswire (05/12)

Carrols Restaurant Group widens Q1 net loss to US$21.3M from year-ago loss of US$7.2M; total restaurant sales rise 2.4% to US$399.5M
Globe Newswire (05/12)

Fast-Casual Restaurants

Fiesta Restaurant Group narrows Q1 net loss to US$1.4M from year-ago loss of US$2.1M, as total revenues from continuing operations rise 8.4% to US$95.6M
Business Wire (05/12)

Jersey Mike's announces partnership with Flytrex to deliver orders by drone in Holly Springs, North Carolina; orders will be delivered in five minutes in a limited area in the town
Nation's Restaurant News (05/12)

Casual Dining Restaurants

Executive Perspective: Dine Brands managing labor shortages through various technology deployments, including robotics, in the front and back of the house, says CEO John Peyton
Forbes Inc. (05/12)

Dining At Home/Home-Cooking

US consumers spent US$2.1B on food preservation, storage products in year ending February 2022, up 36% versus two years ago; US consumers are storing food, leftovers to save money, reduce food waste, packing meals as they return to offices, schools: NPD
The NPD Group Inc. (05/11)

Foodservice Packaging

Brazil-based Koi Premium launches sushi to-go box with a sliding lid and a golden interior; made of Ibema Supera card in 295g version, the box is designed to be ‘unforgettable’ and ‘unique and fancy,’ says Koi Premium managing partner
Ibema (05/12)

North Carolina State University students create compostable takeout container prototypes in an Eastman-sponsored project; in last eight years, the university-industry partnership has involved 63 co-op students, 35 full-time hires, 34 invention disclosures
States News Service (05/10)

On-Demand Local Delivery

Short-haul freight tech company Mothership, which is used by DoorDash and PayPal, raises US$76M to expand its on-demand freight platform and same-day delivery service; 74% of US retailers do not provide same-day delivery, according to Roadie
Business Wire (05/11)

SpartanNash, DoorDash launch omnichannel partnership; per deal, DoorDash will deliver for over 100 SpartanNash stores, SpartanNash will serve as distributor for DashMart locations, SpartanNash’s independent retail network can leverage DoorDash services
Business Wire (05/10)

Payment Systems

7-Eleven Korea launches NFT membership service with NFC partner Allink, Kakao's blockchain technology subsidiaries Ground X, Klaytn; service allows consumers who have 7-Eleven NFTs stored in a Klip digital wallet to gain Klay coins when they pay via app
Korea Times (05/12)

Save Mart expands curbside pickup service to all Save Mart and FoodMaxx grocery stores in Northern Nevada via Instacart; locations will also offer electronic benefits transfer payments for same-day grocery delivery, pickup services
Supermarket News (05/11)


Catalonia, Spain, preparing legislation to combat plastic waste; legislation will include a ban on food in single-dose containers, and will only allow single-use bags if they are compostable
CE Noticias Financieras (05/11)

Stevanato named exclusive manufacturer of Owen Mumford’s Aidaptus two-step, single-use auto-injector that automatically adapts to fill volume; device joins Stevanato’s portfolio of pen injector, auto-injector, inhaler, wearable delivery system
FiercePharma (05/11)

Food & Beverage Distributors

US Foods narrows Q1 net loss available to common shareholders to US$16M from year-ago loss of US$39M, as net sales rise 23.9% to US$7.8B
Business Wire (05/12)

SpartanNash expects Q1 net earnings to be between US$18.7M-US$19.7M, compared to year-ago earnings of US$19.5M; net sales expected to be between US$2.74B-US$2.77B, compared to year-ago sales of US$2.66B; company to announce full Q1 results on June 2
Business Wire (05/12)

Performance Food Group reports fiscal Q3 net earnings of US$23.4M, up 408% from year-ago period, as net sales rise 82% to US$13.08B
Business Wire (05/11)


National Labor Relations Board files complaints against Starbucks in federal district court seeking injunctive relief for seven employees in Tennessee, Kansas and Missouri who were allegedly 'unlawfully terminated' for attempting to form a union
Nation's Restaurant News (05/12)

Executive Perspective: Krispy Kreme's primary drivers of success in Q1 were increasing points of access and getting creative with seasonal and occasion-based limited-time menu items, says CEO Mike Tattersfield
Nation's Restaurant News (05/12)

Freshii widens Q1 net loss to C$2.4M from year-ago loss of C$1.3M; revenue rises 159.5% to C$9.6M
Globe Newswire (05/11)


Latest: May, 12 2022

Latest Value Prev Chg YOY Chg
Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) 1,281.12 1,281.69 -0.04% -4.54%
Domino's Pizza (DPZ) 327.85 325.13 0.84% -22.94%
Dunkin Brands Group Inc (DNKN) 106.48 106.48 0.00% 0.00%
Jack In The Box (JACK) 77.93 78.91 -1.24% -33.39%
McDonald's Corp (MCD) 244.19 244.43 -0.10% 7.13%
Panera Bread Co (PNRA) 314.93 314.93 0.00% 0.00%
Papa Johns International Inc (PZZA) 80.16 81.81 -2.02% -15.94%
Restaurant Brands International (QSR) 50.04 49.96 0.16% -25.24%
Starbucks Corp (SBUX) 69.90 70.06 -0.23% -36.33%
Yum! Brands, Inc (YUM) 110.51 108.90 1.48% -5.67%