Ghost Kitchen

Articles about Ghost Kitchens or Dark Kitchens

  1. Technology & Innovation
Got the following email regarding my conversation with ReposiTrak’s Randy Fields and Dr. Benjamin Miller, executive vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs of The Acheson Group (TAG): Thank you for presenting the discussion about the FDA’s new traceability requirements.  People in our industry are simply not aware of the impending, major disruption in logistics […]
  1. Channel & Retailers
Kitchen United, which has been operating 18 ghost kitchens – including eight inside Kroger stores – is closing or selling all those physical locations, with plans to  focus on the licensing of its proprietary software, which has been used to operate those physical businesses. All of the Kroger locations already have been closed. KC’s View: […]
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Wichita State Dining has announced the roll-out of robotic food delivery on campus, thanks to a partnership with Starship Technologies. The latter’s fleet of autonomous, on-demand robots are now available to deliver food from the following campus restaurants: RSC Starbucks Panda Express Freddy’s Frozen Custard Tu Taco Market at Groundhouse Cargill Cafe Black & Gold […]
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YouTube star MrBeast, whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, is suing his business partner Virtual Dining Concepts over the poor quality of the burgers bearing his name. The collaboration involved building an online food service to deliver MrBeast-branded foods, but customers have complained about issues such as raw meat, missing parts of their orders, and […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
  Last week Joanna Fantozzi a Senior Editor for Nation’s Restaurant News and Restaurant Hospitality posed a great question; Do you know where your food is being cooked? According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® most Americans simply don’t care who cooks dinner as long as it is not them.  Here […]
  1. Data & Insights
The accessibility of AI tools like ChatGPT has empowered individuals worldwide, revealing the remarkable capabilities of these tools. From answering questions and crafting poetry to generating texts in the styles of renowned authors and facilitating translation, the possibilities seem endless.  This week we look at how new technologies have the potential to have unique use-cases […]
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3D Cloud by Marxent, a specialist in 3D kitchen design and furniture planning, has announced an early access programme for its 3D Cloud Room Scanner offering. Retailers can now sign up to be among the first to deploy the capabilities of the company’s LiDAR room scan to design solution for capturing room measurements that can […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
UK supplement brands Free Soul, HUX Health and Misfits Health have partnered with one-hour and same-day delivery startup bodo. They are using the London-based firm’s solution in three main ways: Acquiring new customers with faster and more convenient delivery options, and turning them into loyal subscribers. Using bodo’s live map order tracking and branded WhatsApp/email […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Today’s consumers are as time starved as ever and when you couple that with a growing lack of cooking from scratch skill-set grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh food continues to garner customers attention and drive food channel migration according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  Consumers continue seeking […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Uber Eats is removing thousands of ghost kitchens with duplicate menus from its app in an effort to make the experience more pleasurable for its users. The company has also unveiled new standards for ghost kitchen operators to follow. “Communicating — and beginning to enforce — these new quality standards for Virtual Restaurants on Uber […]
  1. Channel & Retailers
Willamette Week reports that “the Miami ghost kitchen company that scattered its trucks across Portland shortly before the pandemic and received over $1 billion from SoftBank and other overseas investors appears to have called it quits in Portland. “Miami-based Reef Technology last week closed most, if not all, of its remaining ghost kitchens across the […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  What is the best food marketing job in the foodservice sector?  It has to be a food marketing director at a virtual kitchen.  According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru®at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® who stated, “virtual restaurants, virtual brands start with a blank sheet and are not restricted to a set of self-imposed […]
  1. Channel & Retailers
Food & Wine reports that Chipotle is launching a new bowl-centric foodservice concept:  “Opening in March in Santa Monica, Farmesa will feature the same customizable options Chipotle is loved for. Guests will have the option of building a bowl, which includes a protein, green or grain, two sides, a choice of five sauces, and toppings. […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
We’re big fans of LinkedIn and are busy building an amazing community of retail tech enthusiasts on the social media platform. These are the articles that are currently on their radars, including Walmart, DroneUp, MAPCO, Grabango, Currys, Co-op, and Just Eat. Walmart drone delivery service hits Arizona, Texas and Florida markets with DroneUp Walmart’s drone […]
  1. Channel & Retailers
Willamette Week has a long piece about the growth – and now, the apparent retreat – of the ghost kitchen business ion Portland, Oregon. Here’s how WW frames the story: “A few years ago, restaurants started sprouting up in Portland like toadstools, with names like Mr. Beast Burger, Sticky Wings and Man vs. Fries. They […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
RTIH gets the lowdown on bodo, which was founded by former CloudKitchens and Deliveroo executives and offers e-commerce brands a plug-in that facilitates one hour and same-day delivery directly from their website or store. RTIH: Tell us about yourselves and bodo JG and BN: bodo is a logistics platform enabling brands to our customers eco-friendly […]
  1. Department & Category
Two Kroger stores in the Columbus, Ohio, market are adding menu items from Saladworks to the new Kitchen United Mix Food Hall locations situated in those stores … “Kitchen United’s Mix Food Hall provides customers with a seamless takeout experience, offering a variety of restaurant brands and menu options including Saladworks,” the announcement says.  Delivery […]
  1. Data & Insights
Auzerais went from baking for friends to building a DTC bakery empire in a week. Yes, you read that right. This exponential growth has been documented by multiple publications. Currently, Blondery ships over 75,000 shipments per week nationwide.  So how did this huge success happen, and how does Auzerais handle it all? We sat with […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
There have been several stories out there about how Hooters is teaming up with NASCAR driver Chase Elliott on a new virtual chicken format that will deliver a variety of poultry dishes via Grubhub, DoorDash and Uber Eats. The items will be delivered from some 196 Hooters locations around the country, but will not be […]
  1. Department & Category
  Building a brand with the ‘halo’ of better for you is the undercurrent driving a number of chain restaurant start-ups, and one outstanding grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh food retailer. That retailer is Everytableas regular readers of this blog know our own Grocerant Guru® Steven Johnson believes “Everytable has the best messaging within […]
  1. Retail Ecosystem
The RETHINK team visited Las Vegas from September 19-22 for Groceryshop 2022. While there, we had the opportunity to speak with many of our Top Retail Influencers and learn about their event experience. #TRI2022 members- Ricardo Belmar, Michael LeBlanc, Jeff Roster, Melissa Minkow, Bryan Gildenberg, Andrea Leigh, and Stewart Samuel- all shared their thoughts on […]
  1. Channel & Retailers
Toronto-based Longo’s announced that its Liberty Village store now is hosting a Kitchen Hub ghost kitchen – the first to open inside a grocery store in the city, and the beginning of what the two companies call “a longer term partnership.” According to the announcement, Kitchen Hub “has four new kitchens at Longo’s Liberty Village. […]
  1. Department & Category
Bloomberg has a story about how Circle K owner Alimentation Couche-Tard is developing a series of tactics designed to serve a core strategy – growing its food sales to represent between 20 and 25 percent of sales. The impetus comes from a recognition that the company is too dependent on fuel sales and profits at […]
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ZAANDAM, The Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize reported solid results for its fourth quarter and 2023 fiscal year, with full-year sales and earnings per share in line with expectations. Fourth quarter net sales were €23.0 billion ($24.65 billion), up 1.9% at constant exchange rates and down 1.4% at actual exchange rates. Comparable sales, excluding gas, increased […]
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The Wall Street Journal reports that “Walmart is shopping in the TV aisle to help grow its advertising business.  The retail giant is in talks to buy smart television-manufacturer Vizio for more than $2 billion, according to people familiar with the situation. The move would give Walmart more places where it can sell ads and pitch […]
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We just launched the YipitData Consumer Spend Index (YCSI),  a measure of overall and category-level non-seasonally adjusted US retail sales as observed in a large transaction panel.  In January, YCSI showed consumer spending Y/Y growth (ex-gas stations) decelerated slightly from December. Y/Y growth in core retail sales was relatively stable over this period. YCSI saw […]