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Trending this week: Taco Bell’s long-awaited ‘redefined drive-thru’

This week on, the top story was NRN editors discuss Taco Bell’s state-of-the-art drive thru, Starbucks’ new CEO hunt. Also, NRN editor Sam Oches sat down with Aaron Noveshen, founder and CEO of San Francisco-based Starbird, at the National Restaurant Association Show where they discussed trends in the industry and what’s up next.

In other news, Chipotle Mexican Grill has been adding more variety to its food offerings in recent years and now the chain is looking to bring some attention to the beverage side. On Thursday, Chipotle announced its first seasonal beverage limited-time offer: Watermelon Limeade, developed in partnership with Tractor Beverage Co., a company that supports organic farming practices.

Also, Panera Bread has opened the first Panera To Go in Chicago, offering a new restaurant format that’s digitally focused on pick-up and delivery orders, the company announced Friday. The St. Louis, Mo.-based division of JAB Holding Co. said the Panera To Go in Chicago is the first of three test locations scheduled to open this year. The company plans to open two additional Panera To Go cafes in California and Washington, D.C.

See what else is trending on this week. 

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