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Bubba Hiers, brother of Paula Deen, dies of cancer at 65

Aug. 19, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Bubba Hiers, who left behind landscaping to help his celebrity sister Paula Deen grow her Savannah restaurant business as she rose to fame, has died at age 65. "Bubba was the greatest brother who was loved by so many people," Deen said in an emailed statement Monday. "We will miss him...

Founder of national restaurant chain Jason's Deli dies

Aug. 12, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — The businessman who founded the national restaurant chain Jason's Deli more than 40 years ago in Texas has died. A Jason's Deli statement says Joe Tortorice Jr., founder and chairman of the board, died Saturday at age 70. A company spokeswoman says Tortorice had battled cancer. The...

Food delivery app Deliveroo to stop serving Germany

Aug. 12, 2019 7:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Online food delivery service Deliveroo says it's pulling out of Germany to concentrate on other markets, but is holding out the possibility of returning at a later date. London-based Deliveroo said Monday it will shut down its service in Europe's biggest economy on Aug. 16. In an email sent...

Venezuela's moribund economy shows a pulse amid US sanctions

Aug. 12, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Errol Irausquin is carving out a profitable niche with his burgeoning Fat Panda restaurant business in Venezuela's capital, despite an economic collapse that has driven millions from their crumbling homeland. Capitalizing on his success selling from a food truck, Irausquin brought...

Illegal Pete's company name is now legal in Delaware

Aug. 2, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Illegal Pete's is now legal in Delaware. The Colorado-based restaurant chain has won a fight with Delaware officials who refused to accept its conversion to a Delaware limited liability company because the company's name has "a negative connotation." Attorneys for the Division of...

Impossible Whopper goes nationwide at Burger King

Aug. 1, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Burger King will begin selling the plant-based Impossible Whopper nationwide next week after a successful test run in seven markets. From next Thursday until September, Burger King will offer delivery and mobile customers two sandwiches — an original Whopper and an Impossible Whopper...

Impossible Foods, others, use partners to expand

Jul. 31, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

After months of shortages, Impossible Foods is partnering with a veteran food production company to ramp up supplies of its popular plant-based burgers. The Redwood City, Calif.-based startup is partnering with OSI Group, an original supplier to McDonald's and one of the world's largest food producers. OSI, based...

McDonald's sales growth impresses in 2Q

Jul. 26, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's newly modernized stores and growth in delivery helped the world's largest hamburger chain serve up the biggest increase in global sales at established locations during the second quarter in seven years. The challenge: getting more customers to show up at its U.S. locations. The...

Dining reservation app OpenTable moves into delivery

Jul. 24, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

OpenTable is getting into the food delivery business. The world's biggest online restaurant reservation service — which was founded 21 years ago — has been watching warily as more and more diners opt for delivery. Between May 2018 and May 2019, U.S. restaurant visits were flat at 23.8 billion, but...

UK investigation of Amazon investment shows tougher approach

Jul. 5, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. competition watchdog on Friday launched an investigation into Amazon's purchase of a large stake in food delivery service Deliveroo, a move that suggests authorities are taking a harder line on the expansion of Big Tech. While the deal had not been billed as a takeover by Amazon, the...