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Who’s Winning the Pizza Wars?

A decade ago, the pizza category was stagnant. Today, legacy brands and ambitious fast casuals are locked in an intense, innovative battle. (QSR)

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Airbnb officially opens up platform to hotel distribution

Airbnb is to allow hotels and other accommodation providers to list on the site for the first time through an official third party distribution network. SiteMinder will be the first platform to act as a channel manager on a global scale so that its portfolio of properties can be featured alongside existing properties from Airbnb hosts. (PhocusWire)

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Amazon gears up own delivery service: report

Amazon.com Inc. is gearing up to compete directly with United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp. in the delivery space, according to a Wall Street Journal report Friday. Amazon said it would not comment on the report directly, but Kristen Kish, a company spokesperson, said in an email to Nation’s Restaurant News: “We’re always innovating and experimenting on behalf of customers and the businesses that sell and grow on Amazon to create faster, lower-cost delivery choices.” (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Tactile Foods: What to Know About This Emerging Trend

Cross-country road trips and group hikes in the woods have replaced flat screen TVs and treadmills on gift lists. Now, food and beverage companies are catering toward this new demand for experiences by promising to make products more “tactile.” (US News & World Report)

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13 popular fast-food menu items that are surprisingly perfect for vegans

Even though vegan food and fast food seem like complete opposites, there are a surprising number of vegan meals you can order at popular fast-food chains with little modification. In other words, the food is vegan without your having to change anything besides requesting no cheese. (Business Insider)

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Trivago takes aim at smaller hotels as online partners cut spend

(Reuters) – Hotel-search company Trivago NV is looking to increase the share of its business that comes from independent hotels and alternative types of accommodation at a time when its two dominant customers have reduced what they pay per click. The company, which is majority owned by Expedia Inc, generated 72 percent of its revenue from Expedia and Booking.com-owner Priceline Group Inc in the fourth quarter of last year. (Reuters)

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Restaurant sales slip in January, but optimism remains

Same-store sales growth returned to negative territory in January after three straight months of flat or positive sales. Although this could spark concerns regarding the recovery in the fourth quarter, January was plagued with external factors that suggest it may be too soon to sound the alarm. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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5 Cost-Effective Ways to Upgrade Your Beverage Menu

When Cowlaboration #8 dropped last December, Luke Shimp could only smile. The owner of Red Cow, a four-unit, Minneapolis-based chain, Shimp knew the company’s latest collaboration with a local brewery—a ruby-red cranberry sour developed with nearby Indeed Brewing Company—represented the continuation of an innovative endeavor that has propelled Red Cow’s marketplace standing and performance. (FSR)

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Deal to deliver KFC, Taco Bell nationwide sends stock of Chicago-based Grubhub soaring

After a year in which Grubhub increased the number of diners ordering food through its platform by more than 6 million, the Chicago-based company will expand to hundreds more cities nationwide through a new partnership delivering Taco Bell and KFC. The move comes as fast-food companies increasingly see value in using online orders and delivery to let customers get their food without having to leave the house. (Chicago Tribune)

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Vertical Booking adds more than 1000 new hotels in 2017

PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Vertical Booking, a recognized leader in global reservation technology, announced today tremendous growth in 2017 with the addition of more than 1000 hotels utilizing their revenue generating solutions. “Vertical Booking continues to expand and grow worldwide because more and more hotels are realizing the benefits of a real-time, centralized solution designed to assist hoteliers in making more informed decisions and maximizing revenue,” said Mark Lewis-Brown, President/CEO of Vertical Booking USA. (PR Newswire)

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10 Tips to Rescue Your Brand from the Brink

The Great Recession may be nearly a decade behind us, but leaders in the restaurant industry still can’t forget how it brought many brands—even the biggest and strongest—to their knees. With consecutive years of sales declines and drastically reduced spending from value-conscious consumers, the recession left much of the limited-service segment desperate to turn their fortunes around in the post-recession landscape. (QSR)

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Dunkin’ Donuts says it will stop using foam cups by 2020

Dunkin’ Donuts announced Wednesday its plans to eliminate all foam cups in its global supply chain by 2020. The Canton-based company said it will begin the process of getting rid of all of the polystyrene cups starting this spring and will replace them with a “double-walled” paper cup in its U.S. restaurants. (Boston Globe)

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Chipotle plans to invest in employees and existing restaurants

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is focused on operational changes, mobile orders and investing in employees and existing restaurants, CEO Steve Ells said during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call on Tuesday. Chipotle beat expectations thanks in part to menu price increases and the lower cost of avocados. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Google will let you book hotels and flights through search results

Google announced Tuesday it has changed the way people can search for hotels and flights using smartphones in a bid to make trip planning simpler on mobile devices. The company said hotel and flight bookings can now be made through Google Search results. (The Verge)

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Dunkin’ Donuts’ emphasis on beverages drives sales gains

Dunkin’ Donuts’ emphasis on beverages is paying off, parent company Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. said Tuesday, citing iced coffee and Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee as key drivers in recent same-store sales gains. The Canton, Mass.-based company also reinforced the success of its morning-focused strategy and said it now looks to increase traffic throughout the day. (Nation’s Restaurant News)