NRN editors discuss earnings from Yum Brands and Starbucks, plus the return of the Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

Plus, hear from Kentucky-based Green District on what it’s like to have a healthful brand in the Midwest


On this week’s episode of Extra Serving, a Nation’s Restaurant News podcast, NRN editors Holly Petre and Sam Oches talk about the “earnings palooza” of the past week.

Several more brands reported over the last week including Papa Johns, Noodles & Company, Portillo’s, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, Burger King, Tim Horton’s, Popeyes, Firehouse Subs, The Habit Burger Grill, Starbucks, and Denny’s. Oches and Petre talked about the themes consistent throughout the second week of earnings, including menu price increases, inflation, and labor woes.

The two also discussed the return of Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza, the shining star of the Yum Brand’s second-quarter results. The LTO is returning to the menu fulltime beginning Sept. 15 and the two talked about what it means both for the brand and for consumers.

This week’s interview is with Green District, a healthful chain in Kentucky that’s attempting to bring healthier food to the middle of the country.

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