The largest franchisee for Tropical Smoothie Cafe, DYNE Hospitality Group, has inked a multi-unit agreement for 26 new locations around Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and Savannah, Ga. The agreement calls for existing franchisees Glen Johnson and Nick Crouch of DYNE Hospitality Group to develop 22 locations in the DEW Metroplex and four in Savannah, with the first two scheduled to open in Eort Worth during the first quarter of 2018. DYNE Hospitality Group owns and operates 41 Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas.

McDonald's is looking to address waste issues in several ways, announcing a pledge to make 100 percent of the company's packaging from renewable, recycled, or certified sources by 2025. This expands on an existing goal to source all the company's fiber-based packaging from recycled or certified sources by 2020. Currently, 50 percent of McDonald's packaging comes from renewable, recycled, or certified sources, and 64 percent of fiber-based packaging originates from certified or recycled sources.

Del Taco opened six new restaurants in Southern California in early 2018, as well as a new location in Las Vegas. The brand has more than 550 locations across 14 states.

Fazoli's has signed six development agreements covering 15 new restaurants across the U.S. The brand also opened five restaurants near the end of 2017, most recently in Connecticut, Texas, and Sioux Falls, S.D. The most recent agreements include three units each in Atlanta, Detroit, and Portland, Ore., as well as one unit each in Mobile and Prattville, Ala.

Monster Tree Service has reached an agreement with Austin, Texas-based franchisee Marcus Roach. The agreement covers five territories in central Texas. The first location was scheduled to open in February 2018.

ECP-PF Holdings Group has purchased 10 additional Planet Fitness locations in central New York. The group, which now owns 71 clubs, plans to add 50 more over the next five years.

Cheshire, Conn.-based Wayback Burgers has opened a location in Khartoum, Sudan, the first for the brand in the country. Eranchisee Mansour Omer Mansour Manna, who spent the last nine...

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