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Technomic Foodservice Monitor
Wednesday, September 4, 2013


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Which Subsegments Drove Canadian Sales Gains?

Limited-service chains, particularly non-coffee beverage/snack concepts (10.2 percet sales growth), Asian/noodle concepts (10.1 percent) and coffee cafes (6.6 percent) led the way in 2012 for the Top 200 Canadian chains. Burger, sandwich and Mexican LSR concepts also posted gains of at least 3 percent. Read more.

TECHNOMIC'S TAKE
“How is the industry doing?” That’s the number one question we’re asked at Technomic, and the one we spend the better part of our time trying to answer. But the picture is more complicated than it seems. The current moving average of restaurant sales (tracking July 2012–June 2013 receipts) is up 2.4 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars over the previous 12 months.
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CHAIN NEWS – Marketing
Chili’s Annual Campaign Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – New Name, Same Bold $50 Million Goal
In 2002 a handful of Chili’s Grill & Bar restaurants in Memphis, Tenn. put their big passion for giving back behind what seemed like a small idea at the time – raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. With only crayons and chili-pepper shaped coloring sheets as a way for guests to donate, the team members hoped to raise a few hundred dollars.
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Dunkin' Donuts Kicks Off Second Season Of Eli Manning Partnership
Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today announced the continuation of the brand's partnership with New York Giants two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning. The agreement, which started in the fall of 2012, will leverage the two-time World Champion quarterback through a series of advertisements and promotions in the New York Metro Area over the next two years.
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Ker's WingHouse Bar & Grill Unveils 19th Annual WingHouse Girls Swimsuit Calendar
Ker's WingHouse Bar & Grill, a Largo, Fla.-based sports-themed wing and casual dining restaurant chain founded by Florida Gator and National Football League (NFL) veteran Crawford Ker, announced today its 19th Annual WingHouse Girls Swimsuit Calendar is now available for purchase in all 22 of its restaurants throughout Florida and online at www.winghousestore.com.
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Outback Steakhouse Breaks the Rules With New "No Rules, Just Right" Campaign
Sound familiar? It should. No Rules, Just Right is part of Outback's ideology and coded into their DNA. It means breaking conventions to deliver a delicious, no worries dining experience in nearly 700 restaurants nationwide, while providing great food at affordable prices, served by people who genuinely care about their guests.
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Taco Bell CEO rewards Alaska students with leadership training course
Taco Bell Corp., together with the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens; Get Schooled and Viacom's umbrella for social responsibility, Viacommunity, recently recognized students in Bethel, Alaska, who won an academic competition for their commitment to graduating.
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Schlotzsky's funding diabetes research
Schlotzsky's is again partnering with JDRF, a global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. The partnership launched last year, when the chain exceeded its $100,000 fundraising goal by raising $150,000 for the organization. This year, Schlotzsky's hopes to raise $200,000. "This is a cause that's close to our hearts, and it's an honor to partner with a high-impact foundation such as JDRF for a second year," said Kelly Roddy, president of Schlotzsky's.
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Last Chance to Enter: Orange Julius Treat for Teachers Essay Contest Ends September 22
The Dairy Queen system knows that throughout the school year, teachers could spend upwards of $1,500 of their own money to purchase educational supplies for their students. To help teachers ease that financial burden, the DQ system has launched the Orange Julius Treat for Teachers essay contest to give teachers an opportunity to receive funding for classroom supplies.
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SONIC Searches for Top Drive-In Crew: Final 12 to Compete in San Diego at 20th Annual DR PEPPER SONIC Games
After nine months of intense competition, 12 talented SONIC Drive-In crews are advancing to the Final 12 round of the 20th annual DR PEPPER SONIC Games, taking a VIP trip to San Diego for the last challenge at the 2013 SONIC National Convention. Each crew will compete in final events on Sunday, September 15 and Monday, September 16, and the top three crews will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the end of the week.
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Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Launches “Go Orange for No Kid Hungry” to Help End Childhood Hunger in America
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, one of the nation’s leading frozen dessert chains, announced today it is partnering with Share Our Strength to raise funds for the nationwide No Kid Hungry campaign throughout September. To help raise awareness of the issue of childhood hunger in America, each Orange Leaf location will sell limited edition “Go Orange” commemorative cups.
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Fazoli's Awards More Than $25,000 in "Pursuit of Excellence" College Scholarships
Fazoli’s, the premium Italian quick service restaurant ranked #2 overall among large national fast food chains in the prestigious Zagat Survey, recently sent 26 college students to school with $1,000 grants in its third annual "Pursuit of Excellence" scholarship program. Recipients are attending 22 colleges or universities in eight states
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Dunkin' Donuts Supports Alzheimer's Association With Fifth Annual 'Purple With A Purpose' Campaign
The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation and the Alzheimer's Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter are partnering for the entire month of September for the annual "Purple with a Purpose" campaign to help raise awareness for Alzheimer's. Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire Dunkin' Donuts franchisees and guests have raised more than $70,000 for the campaign since 2009.
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CHAIN NEWS – Expansion
Togo's Announces Royalty Incentive For New Multi-Unit Franchise Agreements
Togo's Eateries, Inc., a "West Coast Original" since 1971 serving up big, meaty, made to order sandwiches stuffed with the freshest ingredients, announced today a royalty incentive for new multi-unit franchise agreements. Beginning today, franchisees that sign a new deal for three or more locations will receive reduced royalty fees for the first two years for each new restaurant.
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Chanticleer Holdings Signs Lease for New HootersRestaurant in Pretoria, South Africa
Chanticleer Holdings, Inc., a minority holder in the privately held parent company of the Hooters brand Hooters Of America, and a franchisee of international Hooters restaurants, has secured a prime lease in Pretoria, South Africa. This will bring the Company's total number of international Hooters restaurants to eight in three countries, including the previously announced Townsville, Australia location and this Pretoria location, both expected to open before the end of 2013.
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Cold Stone franchisee outlines Nigerian growth plans
EatN'Go, which operates the Cold Stone Creamery and Domino's Pizza brands in the Nigerian market, has announced expansion plans in that market. The operator will open 16 branches in the next year, including in new cities such as Ibadan, Abuja and Enugu.
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Twin Peaks to Expand in Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes
Twin Peaks Restaurants announced a development agreement to open the concept’s first restaurants in the Pacific Northwest and in the state of Wisconsin. Pirate Booty signed a multi-unit agreement to open a Twin Peaks in Boise, Idaho along with two restaurants in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area.
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CHAIN NEWS – Menu
Wingstop Turns Up the Heat with Mango Habanero
Sweet meets heat in the newest flavor to hit the Wingstop menu. Today Wingstop introduces Mango Habanero, created for wing fans craving the perfect blend of sweet and spicy. In development the past year and available for a limited time, Mango Habanero starts out sweet, and then brings the heat.
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Rita's Italian Ice Debuts Fall Pumpkin Cheesecake Flavor
Rita’s Italian Ice, the nation’s largest Italian ice concept with more than 600 outlets in 21 states, has introduced its newest flavor, Pumpkin Cheesecake Cream Ice, to its Cool Treat menu for a limited time through September 24, 2013. Rita’s newest Cream Ice flavor combines two Rita’s flavors, Cheesecake and Pumpkin Pie.
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Long John Silver's rolls out Ciabatta Jack Sandwich
Long John Silver’s has rolled out the Ciabatta Jack Sandwich, a new application for its signature batter-dipped fish or chicken on warm Ciabatta bread, the Louisville, Ky.-based chain announced. The Ciabatta Jack Sandwich comes with a guest’s choice of fish or chicken on the new bread, with lettuce, melted Monterey Jack cheese, and Zesty Tartar or Baja sauce.
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Big News: Dunkin' Donuts Introduces Angus Steak Big N' Toasted
For guests seeking a satisfying breakfast on the go that is larger and heartier than the typical breakfast sandwich, the Angus Steak Big N' Toasted sandwich features two eggs, juicy Angus steak and a slice of American cheese, packed between two thick slices of Texas Toast. The Angus Steak Big N' Toasted sandwich is available at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants nationwide for a limited time.
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Fatburger incorporates sister brand's sauces into menu
Fatburger is heating up its burgers and sandwiches with sauces from its sister brand, Buffalo's Café. Guests can add one of six flavors to their burgers and sandwiches, including Mild, Hot, Death Valley, Red Hot Ranch, Honey Garlic and Sweet Teriyaki. The chain is also offering a few new sandwiches, including the Honey Garlic Crispy Chicken Sandwich, which is crafted with crisp chicken, mayo, lettuce, tomato and drenched in Buffalo's honey garlic sauce.
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CHAIN NEWS – Personnel
Formerly the vice president of human resources at Aramark, Arnold brings more than 20 years of experience to Focus, where he will promote personal and leadership growth of the team; oversee recruiting, training, and development; and ensure the continuation and growth of the Focus Brands culture, philosophies, and values.
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CHAIN NEWS - Mergers
St. Louis-based Private Equity Groups Announce Purchase of Lion's Choice Restaurant Chain
Local businessman and former Lion's Choice executive Mark Disper, in partnership with the principals of St. Louis-based Millstone Capital Advisors, recently announced the purchase of assets from Red Lion Beef Corp., owner of the Lion's Choice restaurant chain. While the new operating company will be named LC Corporate, LLC, the company will continue to operate under the name Lion's Choice. Details of the purchase were not disclosed.
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CHAIN NEWS – Other
Starbucks Prices $750 Million of Senior Notes
Starbucks Corporation today announced that it has priced its previously announced underwritten public offering of senior notes. The company plans to use the net proceeds from the offering of $750 million of 3.85% Senior Notes due 2023 for general corporate purposes, which may include business expansion, payment of cash dividends on Starbucks common stock, the repurchase of common stock under the company's ongoing share repurchase program, or financing of possible acquisitions.
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ANALYST CORNER
Darden Restaurants
We believe ineffective promotions and a softer end-market negatively impacted Darden’s sales during the last three months. As a result, we are lowering our 1QF14 comp estimate to down 1-2% compared to 2.2% comp growth in the prior quarter. DRI seems to be more focused on controlling costs during the last 2-3 months, which we believe is in response to margin pressure from price-oriented promotions, higher shrimp costs, and moderating check growth.
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SUPPLIER NEWS
Sara Lee Foodservice Introduces Chef Pierre Luxe Layers
Sara Lee Foodservice, a division of The Hillshire Brands Company, today introduces Chef Pierre Luxe Layers perfect flavor pairings, a collection of four pies that combine two distinctive flavors separated by a “midcrust.” The new pie offering enables operators to provide an upscale pie offering at a midrange price. “Luxe Layers are truly a new dessert experience that evolve pies into a more gourmet dessert space,” said Jason Katzman, vice president of marketing,
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OTHER
Registration Now Open for 2014 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event
The National Restaurant Association today opened attendee registration for its NRA Show 2014 and the International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event. A special “early bird” online-only discount – a 60 percent savings – is available for foodservice and hospitality industry professionals who register before November 15, 2013. Members of the National Restaurant Association receive free registration for the NRA Show and a member-exclusive rate on IWSB registration at any time.
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