The chain experienced double-digit same-store sales growth in its fiscal second quarter. The chain earned $31.3 million in total sales, versus $9.1 million last year. Compared to 2020, same-store sales were up 11.3 percent, behind strong performances in December (+14.5 percent) and February (+14 percent).
Looking at 2021, comps grew 183 percent. In California alone, same-store sales lifted almost 400 percent year-over-year. CEO Hajime “Jimmy” Uba credited the strong showing to ongoing recovery efforts related to the pandemic. Fewer dining restrictions and better staffing in states like California have allowed the company to flourish.
By Shannon Flynn
Technology innovations are dramatically changing how the world works. Robots and other automated machines are opening countless possibilities that seemed impossible before. These new robot innovations are having a huge impact on a variety of different industries, from healthcare using them to improve practices to the automotive sector developing driverless cars. Since automated machines are becoming more popular, companies are investing more time and money into developing this new technology to stay ahead of the game.
Recently, the foodservice industry has seen a spike in automated machinery as well. These new automated trends are allowing the food and beverage industry to save money, make fewer mistakes, and reduce food waste.
Continue reading to learn more about how robots are benefiting the restaurant industry and what new technology advancements you could see in the future.
By Shannon Flynn
Automation in the restaurant industry has become a growing trend. From Sally, the salad-making robot, to Flippy the burger and fry cook, AI is taking the restaurant industry by storm. Why? Because despite the sizable investment in these machines, they are helping restaurants grow and become more profitable.
By Dom McAndrew
CLOVIS, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – A robot is waiting tables at an IHOP in Clovis, helping reduce the workload for the restaurant’s human staff members.
The robot, colored in IHOP blue and white, takes food and drinks to customers at the iHOP at Sierra Vista Mall. Manager Maria Cantoriano says the robot helps keep the business running while they work to hire 15 more people.
“[The staff] like it,” said Cantoriano “It does really help because sometimes when they’re really really busy and they’re trying to get all the food out at one time sometimes it does need a couple of extra hands.”
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By Lisa Rabasca Roepe
Did you know that robots have a role in every step of the food supply chain from agriculture to manufacturing to packaging and delivery? Read how emerging technologies like robotics and artificial intelligence are fueling the food industry.
By Jyesht Diwani
Image source: PuduRobotics
For the past few years, robots have been taking over industrial sectors by streamlining various industry-related functions. We are already familiar with AI-robot assistants in the finance sector, especially while making transactions and using various financial services.
But its introduction into the world of the food business is new for the majority of the population. It's interesting to know that restaurant robots have been in existence for the last 50 years. But recently only we are seeing their mass adoption, especially in countries like Japan.
Furthermore, as per stats, the worldwide robotics market will attain a worth of approximately 147.26 billion USD by the year 2025. Also, the global industries will see a growth in CAGR of 17.24% between the years 2017 and 2025.
Increases in technology have totally changed the manufacturing industry by making the process more efficient, but automation has never been successfully implemented in the foodservice industry on a widespread scale. Nevertheless, many big-name companies are now working to develop technology to automate many tasks in the foodservice industry, which has large implications for business owners and employees, especially those in the fast-food industry. Keep reading to learn how new automation trends could possibly affect the restaurant industry, how they're currently being implemented, and specific ways that robots could be used in your establishment.