Kitchen United CEO Expounds on Growth, Teases Transformative Partnerships

After announcing plans to grow Kitchen United’s ghost kitchen portfolio from four to 20 locations by the end of 2021, CEO Michael Montagano teased upcoming partnerships that “will absolutely transform the company—I promise you that.”

DoorDash’s Restaurant Advisory Council Gives Honest Feedback

DoorDash publicly announced the launch of its Restaurant Advisory Council, which is an ongoing program to gather feedback from restaurant operators on platform functionality, policy matters, future products and even the hot-button topics of delivery fees and customer data.

Lunchbox Founder Focuses on Breaking Third-Party Dependence

Nabeel Alamgir of Lunchbox is more of a happy warrior than an angry naysayer. Even in saying “the bad guys are winning” when talking about the largest delivery providers, his message of restaurant independence feels like equal parts pep talk and rallying cry.

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Franklin Junction Nabs Huge Wow Bao Partnership

Franklin Junction Nabs Huge Wow Bao Partnership

At least fifty Wow Bao restaurants will soon be operating out of Franklin Junction host kitchens across the country, according to a joint announcement released this week. Based in Chicago, Wow Bao is an Asian fast-casual concept that has been an early adopter of many new-age technologies formats, including locations without any servers.

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Home Chef Delivery App WoodSpoon Raises $2 Million

Billed as an "on-demand craft food marketplace," WoodSpoon has raised $2 million in seed funding to expand its operations. The company, which we profiled back in July, essentially connects customers to home chefs. It started because the two Israel-born co-founders...

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Mercatus Provides Online Grocery Update

As once-temporary pandemic habits become set in stone, Mercatus has released an update on what it calls the “egrocery” market, looking at what factors are impacting online grocery shopper loyalty and what features are becoming most important to shoppers who are now...

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DoorDash Project DASH delivers 6.5 Million Meals in 2020

The charitable delivery arm of DoorDash announced it had delivered an estimated 6.5 million meals in 2020. Known as Project DASH, the program gets meals to places like food pantries and prepared meals to vulnerable people. It also delivers school supplies, home...

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Chicago Restaurants Getting Grocery Delivery

Chicago Restaurants Getting Grocery Delivery

MyValue365.com, a Chicago-based ethnic grocery ordering and delivery company that’s previously focused on at-home consumers, announced its entry into B2B grocery-delivery business, which includes deliveries to restaurants. This offering is a part of the company’s new...

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DoorDash Unveils 2019’s Trending Delivery Foods

DoorDash Unveils 2019’s Trending Delivery Foods

DoorDash has released its annual delivery trend report dubbed “The DoorDash Dish: 2019-2020 Trend Report,” showing what U.S. delivery consumers are hungry for. The report is built on the data from orders through the network and a survey of more than 1,200 DoorDash...

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Uber Paints Picture of Future Drone-Driver Hybrid Model

Uber Paints Picture of Future Drone-Driver Hybrid Model

Aerial drones may represent an incredible leap in foodservice technology, but there is still plenty of work to be done before we collectively get there. Uber’s Elevate division recently painted a picture of what that future model might look like as it announced its...

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Lyft, &pizza Pair Up on Late-Night Employee Rides

Lyft, &pizza Pair Up on Late-Night Employee Rides

Lyft and &pizza, the tech-savvy fast-casual East Coat pizza brand, announced a new partnership to bring &pizza employees in Washington, D.C. a reliable late-night transit option. This isn’t exactly news in the off-premises world, but is another step forward in...

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Grubhub, Just Salad Partner on Virtual Restaurant

Grubhub, Just Salad Partner on Virtual Restaurant

Another week brings yet another example of a third-party delivery company partnering with a restaurant to launch a new virtual restaurant. This latest is New York City-based Just Salad partnering with Grubhub to launch Health Tribes, a digital-only concept that...

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