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Today In Food Tech: Wendy’s And Taco Bell Embrace The Digital Shift

Today in restaurant and grocery tech news, Wendy’s is going all in on dark kitchens, while Taco Bell is getting experimental with its restaurant designs. Plus, Gopuff’s acquisition streak continues.

Wendy’s To Open 700 Delivery-Only Locations In The Next Five Years

Wendy’s announced Wednesday (Aug 11) that it will launch 700 delivery-only dark kitchens across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom by 2025 in partnership with Reef Technology. The upcoming kitchens will build on a pilot test of eight dark kitchens in Canada in 2020, and 50 will open throughout 2021.

With New Drive-Thru Concept, Taco Bell Doubles The Double Lane

When it comes to redesigning restaurants for the omnichannel future, Taco Bell understands the assignment. Following the opening of the chain’s digital-only ordering kiosk-filled store in Times Square in the spring, the company announced Thursday (Aug. 12) that it will soon break ground on its Taco Bell Defy design, set to open in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota in the summer of 2022.

Grocery Roundup: Gopuff Acquires Another UK Grocery Delivery Service

Gopuff acquires Dija, Target launches a pet food brand, Foxtrot goes nationwide and Kroger and Google Maps expand their partnership.

DoorDash Losses Compound Amid Major Long-Term Investments

For its fourth consecutive quarter, DoorDash continued to see major losses. The company announced Thursday (Aug 12) that losses for Q2 2021 totaled $102 million. The company experienced a brief period of profitability at the start of the pandemic — net income in Q2 2020 came to $23 million — but returned to operating at a loss the following quarter.

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