Martin Morales profile now available
A profile for Martin Morales, founder of Ceviche and Andina, is now available to subscribers in the Who's Who section. The profile also includes streaming video of Martin's presentation from Allegra's Restaurant Leader Summit 2013 event.
View the profile here
McDonald's to offer free fruit on Fridays
McDonald's UK is launching 'Free Fruit Fridays', an offer that will see the chain hand out a free fruit bag with every Happy Meal on the first Friday of each month. McDonald's believes the free fruit bag will account for just over half of all children's fruit bags sold that day.
The offer is the latest push from McDonald's to improve its healthy eating credentials. The brand introduced a similar offer in France in 2010, and today half of the fruit eaten in restaurants by children between three and eight is eaten in McDonald's.
Caffè Nero founder joins Byron board
Gerry Ford, founder of the coffee shop chain Caffè Nero, has joined the board of premium burger chain Byron. Ford's private equity firm, Paladin, invested £5 million into Byron as part of the chain's acquisition by Hutton Collins last year.
Hutton Collins is looking to expand Byron further into the regions, aiming for 10 openings over 2014.
YO! Sushi adds 12 new menu items
Japanese chain, YO! Sushi, has added 12 new items to its menu. The new additions are inspired by authentic, regional dishes and street food, and include a . The brand has also launched a TV ad champaign to highlight the new items.
Street food-influenced items are making their way to menus across brands surveyed on the Restaurant Brand Portal as operators take note of the growing popularity of street food vendors. Regional authenticity is another key growth area, which will be explored in our next menu analysis.
Jamie's Italian adds outdoor barbecue offer to new restaurant
Casual dining chain, Jamie's Italian, plans to add a barbecue and hog roast to its new restaurant in Newcastle. The restaurant would offer pork sandwiches and other barbecue dishes to take away, targeting the football crowd on its way to St James' Park.
The new offer will help drive shoulder-period sales and taps into the growing demand for pulled pork and hog roasts.