Owner Caribou, Peet's Buys Einstein

JAB Holding, which in 2012 bought both Peet's Coffee and Caribou, is at it again, this time with a $347 million purchase of Colorado-based bagel company Einstein Noah Restaurant Group. The deal is for $20.25 a share.

Starboard's Full Slate Gets Key Endorsements

The activist gunning to replace Darden's full board of directors got at least one key endorsement today when Glass Lewis, a proxy advisory firm, recommended shareholders vote for Starboard Value's full slate of board nominees.

Jimmy John's Acknowledges Data Breach

Another restaurant chain, the third one in two months, has acknowledged a payment card data breach. This time it's Jimmy John's, which said that 216 locations had data from credit and debit cards compromised over the summer.

Someone Wants To Buy BEF Foods

Sandell Asset Management this morning said that it has been contacted by a private equity group interested in buying BEF Foods, the retail food products division of Bob Evans. Investors are also interested in buying the chain's real estate.

Income Inequality Hurting Restaurants

Is income inequality hurting the restaurant industry? It is, at least according to the NPD Group, which noted that flat traffic at quick-serve restaurants, and increasing traffic at fine dining concepts, show that the income gap is hitting the industry.


Franchise Times would like to introduce you to the lenders and real estate advisory sources that are targeting the restaurant industry.


Finance & Real Estate Directory


Top 400 Restaurant Franchisee Report Available For Purchase

Produced by the Restaurant Finance Monitor and Technomic, our newly updated report is the most comprehensive analysis and overview of the restaurant franchise industry, helping you develop sales and marketing strategies and identify growth opportunities. Leveraging the Restaurant Finance Monitor 200 and the Technomic Future 200, this report encompasses sales of nearly 10% of the total restaurant industry.

White Papers

The Monitor's library of white papers will make you more knowledgeable on a number of subjects near and dear to your business’ bottom line. Written by experts in their field, these detailed reports provide the latest thinking on everything from international expansion to new technology. Click here for White Papers.