High Bluff Capital Partners will acquire Atlanta-based Church's Chicken from FFL Partners for an undisclosed amount. High Bluff's growing restaurant portfolio under its REGO Restaurant Group arm includes Quiznos and Taco Del Mar, and the Church's deal will add 1,500 units around the world that collectively generated $1.2 billion in sales last year.
Advocates for children are asking Congress to permanently extend access to free school meals that have been permitted because of a pandemic-related USDA waiver. Ashley Wheeland, director of public policy for nonprofit Hunger Free Colorado, said universal school meals help curb hunger, reduce the stigma associated with free meals and improve outcomes for students.
More restaurants across the country are now requiring dine-in customers to show proof that they've received the COVID-19 vaccine. Restaurateurs are taking the proactive step in an effort to avoid the strict lockdown measures of last year that led the industry to lose 2.5 million jobs and $240 billion collectively, according to National Restaurant Association data.
Around the country, several states and jurisdictions including Louisiana and parts of California have reinstated mask mandates as the Delta variant of the coronavirus drives a rise in new cases. McDonald's announced that it will once again require all employees and customers to don masks in restaurants located in areas where COVID-19 cases are increasing.
The Cheesecake Factory will debut a loyalty program next year developed in large part using consumer research that has been gathered during the pandemic. The chain, which is generating around 27% of its sales from off-premises orders, also has plans to revamp its website with a focus on commerce.
Every student in Warren County Public Schools in Kentucky will be eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch daily during the upcoming school year under the USDA's extended Seamless Summer Option. Kelly Holt, the district's nutrition and dining department director, said parents should be assured that the meals being served are nutritious.
The Delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly and will require additional consideration as schools prepare to reopen. This article includes four considerations for educators and school leaders, including the potential need to pivot if there is an outbreak and knowledge of available tactics to prevent the coronavirus from spreading in schools.
Capsaicin, a compound found in many spicy foods, boosts the body's fat-burning mechanisms and stimulates the gut microbiome, says registered dietitian nutritionist Patricia Bridget Lane. Research also has shown that capsaicin has benefits on heart health and immune function.
Outback Steakhouse parent Bloomin' Brands reported a 12.1% same-store sales increase in the second quarter compared to the same period in 2019. The company attributes the improvement over pre-pandemic performance to digital marketing and delivery programs that were in place years before 2020 and that allowed the company to become a multichannel business, CEO David Deno said.
McAlester Public Schools in Oklahoma has a new foodservices van to use for meal deliveries to students in the next school year if schools must close again because of the coronavirus pandemic, said Donna Green, child nutrition services director for the district. Green said she is hopeful the district can use the van to provide food for mobile picnics by next summer.
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