Peek behind the scenes of NRN’s top stories

July 14, 2022 00:00:41
Peek behind the scenes of NRN’s top stories
First Bite
Peek behind the scenes of NRN’s top stories
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Hosted By

Holly Petre

Show Notes

Welcome to Nation’s Restaurant News’ newest podcast, First Bite. This podcast, hosted by digital editor Holly Petre, is your morning burst of news followed by a deep dive into one of the trending stories of the day. Delivered to your phone early every morning, this podcast is here to bring you the news alongside your first cup of coffee, plus some context from an NRN senior editor on one of their stories. Subscribe to First Bite now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

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August 16, 2022 00:06:59
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How these restaurants are maintaining high AUVs

The annual Top 500 report brought to you by Nation’s Restaurant News and Datassential’s Firefly is a comprehensive report of the top restaurant companies ranked by data such as U.S. systemwide sales and unit count. It provides AUV, or average unit volume. Last week, managing editor Leigh Anne Zinsmeister took a deep dive into that data and she’s on the show today with a few select nuggets. For the full list, head to nrn.com/2022top500. Plus, catch up on all the top news of the day with our daily news recap at the beginning of each episode. Be sure to subscribe to First Bite wherever you get your podcasts or on Castos, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts. ...

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August 03, 2022 00:06:56
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How Taco Bell made a viral moment last

Doja Cat made up a rap verse on TikTok that went viral asking Taco Bell to bring back the Mexican Pizza, which was pulled from menus in the great menu purge of 2020. They brought back Mexican Pizza and later called Doja Cat the “voice of the Taco Bell people.” That was in May. Two weeks later, Taco Bell was out of Mexican Pizza, blaming it on supply chain disruptions.  While the item was supposed to be an LTO, the offer was supposed to last six months, not two weeks. Fans were outraged. The Taco Bell musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and the team behind Bridgerton the Musical, never happened because of the shortage. But on Monday, Taco Bell announced that the Mexican pizza would be back permanently starting September 15.  Here’s NRN senior editor Joanna Fantozzi with more on the story. Plus, catch up on all the top news of the day with our daily news recap at the beginning of each episode. Be sure to subscribe to First Bite wherever you get your podcasts or on Castos, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts. ...

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October 17, 2022 00:08:00
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How Domino's got its groove back

Against the backdrop of continued inflation and industry-wide staffing shortages, Domino’s Pizza delivered positive domestic Q3 results Thursday morning, including a same-store sales increase of 2%. This is compared to a negative 2.9% in Q2. In fact, three of the past four quarters have been negative for the brand – a trend the company hasn’t experienced in a decade as it lapped anomalously positive trends throughout the first two years of the pandemic. Domino’s breaks down its system in quintiles based on how fully staffed restaurants are. The gap between the top and bottom quintiles has been shrinking every quarter – from 17 points in Q1 to 11 points in Q2 and 8 points in Q3 – and service times are improving accordingly. CEO russel Weiner said the number of job applications and new hires in corporate stores are “more or less” at 2019 levels. Listen to Alicia Kelso explain her take-aways from the recent earnings call. Plus, catch up on all the top news of the day with our daily news recap at the beginning of each episode. Be sure to subscribe to First Bite wherever you get your podcasts or on Spotify, or Apple Podcasts. ...

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