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How Pokeworks is planning its large-scale expansion

Plus, the NRN staff discusses the Sweetgreen CEO’s comments about vaccines, McDonald's McFlurry machines, the acquisition of Twin Peaks by Fat Brands and a possible Starbucks union


This week on Extra Serving, a podcast by Nation’s Restaurant News and the Last Bite Network, thet team at NRN discussed the biggest news of the week including a possible union at Starbucks. Senior editor Joanna Fantozzi covered the issue and talked about what a union at Starbucks could mean – the only current union at the brand – and digital editor Holly Petre and editor-in-chief Sam Oches discussed what unions could mean for the industry at large, as there are very few.

Also, the team talks about the acquisition of Twin Peaks by Fat Brands and what it means for the company's portfolio of brands.

In other news, the team also discusses both the FTC’s investigation of the McFlurry maachines at McDonald’s and fat-phobic comments Sweetgreen CEO’s made on LinkedIn. First, the FTC announced it would be inquiring into McDonald's constantly broken ice cream machines, a Twitter punchline and meme – but the issue is much more complicated than that. Hear the team unravel the parts and offer their opinions. Then, the team covers recent commetns from Jonathon Neman, the CEO of Sweetgreen, who wrote a LinkedIn post about the pandemic, directing his anger about the pademic towards those who are overweight and arguing that masks and vaccines aren’t the answer — salads are. 

Finally, the episode wraps up with an interview with Steve Heeley, CEO of Pokeworks, about how he’s going to grow the brand after years as its chief marketing officer.

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