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NRN editors discuss earnings season, Starbucks pay increases and college athletes partnering with Jack in the Box as ‘Jackletes’

Plus, Matt King, chief culinary officer of PPX Hospitality Brands, joins the podcast


This week, NRN editors Holly Petre, Leigh Anne Zinsmeister and Sam Oches discussed the start of earnings season. This week, some of the heavy hitters reported, including McDonald’s, Starbucks, Yum Brands and Noodles & Company. The team at NRN chats about what the positive same-store sales numbers mean for the industry.

Plus, news broke this week that Starbucks is giving employees another pay increase – the third in 15 months. What does this mean for the industry amid Starbucks’ quarterly earnings? Tune in to hear what the team has to say.

Also, amid the announcement that Jack in the Box would be partnering with college athletes, the team at NRN discusses how the new NIL (name, image, likeness) laws have impacted the athletes and this new world of sponsorships from restaurants looking for the next LeBron James.

Then, Bret Thorn is joined by Matt King, chief culinary officer of PPX Hospitality Brands, for this week’s interview. The two discuss culinary innovation at PPX Hospitality, which includes Legal Sea Foods and Smith & Wollensky.

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