A customer arrives at a Darden Restaurants Inc. Olive Garden location in San Antonio, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

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Darden Restaurants isn’t seeing many deals on real estate right now despite the high number of permanent restaurant closures from the pandemic.

“There’s tremendous speculation in the real estate market driving prices,” CEO Gene Lee told analysts on Thursday during the company’s quarterly earnings call.

Lee did not elaborate on what the speculation means for Darden. However, restaurant chains that survived the downturn were expecting to snap up closed locations at a

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Restaurant chains including McDonald’s and KFC are paring back $5-and-under “value” items in favor of more expensive $10-to-$30 combination meals, a strategy employed to lift sales and profits and offset rising food costs as the U.S. economy reopens.

“Value” meals — sandwich, soda and fry combinations priced at $5 or less — have long been a staple of fast-food offerings. Chains used the deals to lure bargain-conscious customers, bringing traffic to stores. But deals priced at $5 and under have become less generous in the last 18 months.

During the pandemic, fast-food gained market share from other restaurants forced to

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Foundation Earth is the brainchild of Denis Lynn, the Northern Irish food entrepreneur who died in May 2021 following a freak quadbike accident.

The UK’s M&S, Sainsbury’s and the Co-op have joined Spanish supermarket Eroski on the Foundation’s industry advisory group to “explore the potential for environmental labelling on food products and to support Foundation Earth’s ambition to help build a more sustainable food industry”​ and give consumers “clear and credible front-of-pack environmental labelling system on food products right across the continent”.

The Foundation will launch a pilot later this year in September that will use the traffic-light

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Germany-based travel site GetYourGuide has debuted U.S. offerings and the ability to pay with dogecoin.


German travel booking site GetYourGuide marked its expansion into the U.S. market Tuesday with the announcement that it now accepts dogecoin for payment.

The Berlin-based firm, which says it’s booked 45 million-plus tours in 170 countries to date, is offering activity, attraction and tour bookings in major American destinations such as Hawaii; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Miami; New Orleans; New York; Orlando, Florida; and San Francisco. In addition to dogecoin, processed via BitPay, the site accepts major credit and debit cards, as well as

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