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Capitalizing on new school nutrition policies

New nutritional policies offer a great opportunity for restaurants to partner with schools to deliver healthy menu options for students.

Consumers say one thing, do another when it comes to healthy choices

Consumers sometimes say one thing, but do another when it comes to healthful choices. This conflict affects their food choices and translates into complex flavor trends which can be difficult to unravel.

Infographic: The Millennial Workforce

It’s hard to define a generation, but “Millennials” is the popular term for those who were born between 1980 and 2000. It’s clear that this burgeoning generation has preferences and behaviors different than their predecessors—especially when it comes to jobs.

Sponsored by: Snagajob

#CONNECTsummit14: Consumers waiting for marketers to catch up

Thinking about plunging in to mobile marketing? Now is a great time, according to Jack Philbin, co-founder, president and CEO of Vibes and chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association.

Make time for staff training

Restaurants must make time for training.

Three Ways Proper Equipment Selection Reduces Kitchen Labor

Using these techniques will minimize expenses and enhance employee capability and workspace environment.

Sponsored by: The Middleby Corporation

#CONNECTsummit14: Smartphones are 'remote control for life'

Smartphones are the "remote control for life," especially for Millennials.

You heard it here first: first franchisees become important brand ambassadors

In the world of restaurants, the first franchisee can be critically important for a company that hopes to expand its growth through franchising.

Noodles & Company reports limp Q2 comps

Noodles & Company posted disappointing Q2 results, with comps declining 1 percent for company owned stores, 2.2 percent for franchised stores and 1.1 percent system-wide.

Doing digital signage right

The retail food industry depends on suggestive selling and upselling, according to restaurant franchisee and digital signage provider Ernest Koury, and when you have disinterested employees, no one is there to protect your brand. Digital signage mitigates the impact of undertrained or overwhelmed front line employees.

Does China expose the concept of Quality Fade in QSR food products?

The tendency of major QSR brands to stick with longtime suppliers exposes a false sense of security with faulty supplier partners.

Summit will help fast casual restaurants 'think mobile first'

CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit coming up Aug. 18-20 will feature the CEOs of Firehouse Subs and McAlister's Deli.

Putting customers in the driver's seat: Which Wich adds drive-thru

Driven by a desire to serve his customers, franchisee adds drive-thru to his fast casual sandwich restaurant.

No soup for you? SoupMobiles could change that

Low cost, powerful brand story make SoupMobiles attractive to new franchisees, CEO Lloyd Sugarman says.

A look at some international fast casual concepts

From poutine to crêpes, international fast casual concepts offer variety.

Zoës Kitchen's 'Southern hospitality with personality' paying off

VP of Marketing believes company culture is behind the brand's rising stock prices.

Mission Foods leapfrogs competitors with plastic ship boxes

It is not often in the QSR industry, that one decision can positively impact so many touch points in restaurant operations.

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Front Burner Brands adds general counsel

Front Burner Brands, Inc. has hired Bud Culp to fill its newly-created General Counsel role.

Restaurant Performance Index declines in July

The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) registered a modest decline in July.

Chicken Salad Chick establishes foundation to fight cancer, end hunger

Chicken Salad Chick launched a new foundation aimed at funding the work of the American Cancer Society and ending hunger in America.

Chicken Salad Chick releases additional markets for development

Chicken Salad Chick has released additional markets across the South for franchise development.

Zoe's Kitchen reports 7.5% comp increase YTD

Zoë's Kitchen, Inc. reported increased comps of 7.5 percent for Q2 2014, with a total 6.5 percent increase year to date.

Tyson Foods, Hillshire complete merger, announce leadership

Tyson Foods, Inc. has completed its merger with The Hillshire Brands Company.

NRA releases safe food handling training guide for food banks

The National Restaurant Association has released "ServSafe Food Handler Guide for Food Banking," its food-handling training guide for Feeding America's broad network of food bank employees, agency staff and volunteers.

Study reveals most employees see a future for themselves in restaurant industry

As the most extensive research of the restaurant sector workforce in decades, “Who Works in the U.S. Restaurant Industry,” details the opinions of nearly 5,100 Americans who currently work or formerly worked in the industry, as well as those who own or operate restaurants.

Execs acquire Tubby's Sub Shops

Robert Paganes, CEO of Tubby's Sub Shops, and Executive Vice President Bill Kiryakoza become sole partners of the Michigan-based company.

Technomic report highlights lunch daypart tips and trends

Considering that consumers regularly eat lunch away from home – a couple of days a week on average -- operators do well to try to snag a larger share of visits during this highly competitive daypart.

Jamba Juice announces opening of store near University of Missouri

Jamba Juice today announced the opening of a new store at 260 S. 10th Street (10th & Elm) in Columbia, Mo. on Aug. 28.

Starbucks announces fall menu additions

Starbucks Coffee Company announced its popular fall Pumpkin Spice Latte , Teavana Oprah Chai Tea Latte and Salted Caramel Mocha offerings will return to its menu on Sept. 2.

Familiar ingredients, good descriptions help Americans make healthy food choices

A new study by Mintel reveals that 27 percent of American diners prefer to order healthy meals with familiar ingredients.

Uncle Maddio's rolls out fall Panini menu

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint is now featuring hot toasted sandwiches, despite August being National Panini Month, opting for cooler weather to promote the limited-time Panini menu.

Menchie's launches two Oreo-themed flavors

Menchie's announced it will launch two new Oreo-themed flavors on Sept. 1: Just the Cookie and Just the Creme. The flavors can also be swirled together.

Chronic Tacos staging celebrity taco eating contest to benefit No Kid Hungry

Chronic Tacos and Dexter Holland, the lead singer of The Offspring who also founded the Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce, will host the fourth annual "Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge" on Sept. 1.

Muscle Maker Grill to add 22 new units across the country

Muscle Maker Grill announced it will be opening 22 new locations throughout the country.

Several fast casual brands recognized for healthy meal options

Gold's Gym recently announced the winners of its first-ever "Golden Plate Awards." Winners included Chipotle Mexican Grill, Corner Bakery Cafe and Zoes Kitchen.

Snack foods making their way onto plates

U.S. consumers are eating traditional snack foods, particularly snacks with a perceived health benefit, in between and at meals, and this behavior will drive the growth of snack foods eaten at main meals over next five years, reports The NPD Group.

BurgerFi inks five year deal with Miami Dolphins

BurgerFi announced today it has signed a five-year deal with the Miami Dolphins.

Uncle Maddio's opens first Virginia location this week

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint will open its first Virginia location on Aug. 30.

Fatburger opens doors in India, Malaysia.

Fatburger recently announced the opening of its first locations in India and Malaysia.

Farmer Boys names new VP of Operations; creates role of VP of Development

Farmer Boys announced today that Kenny Hom will join the company as vice president of Operations and Kevin Kelly, formerly VP of Operations, will take on the newly created role of vice president of Development.

Au Bon Pain posts fall menu

Au Bon Pain announced today the fall seasonal menu items available at its U.S. cafés. The new menu options will be available from Aug. 25 through Nov. 2.

Lemonberry Frozen Yogurt opens fifth location

Lemonberry Frozen Yogurt announced the opening of its fifth location.

Jamba inks administrative and technical outsourcing deal with Capgemini

Jamba Inc announced today it has entered into an agreement with Capgemini. The agreement provides enhanced administrative tools and technology services.

Redesigned Fuddruckers reopens in Lake Jackson, Texas

Luby's, Inc. announced today the reopening of a former Fuddruckers franchise location in Lake Jackson, Texas under company ownership. The 6,400-square-foot fast casual restaurant, which has been closed since March 2014, underwent extensive design, decor and systems upgrades.

Newk's opens smaller-footprint store in cancer center

Newk's Eatery announced the opening of its first "Grab-N-Go" concept in the Joseph S. and Theresa R. Bruno Cancer Center at St. Vincent's Health System in Birmingham, Ala.

ShopHouse opens in Maryland

ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen opens the doors to its newest location in Columbia, Md.

Teriyaki Madness hires franchise expert as CEO

Teriyaki Madness has announced the hiring of Michael Haith as its new chief executive officer.

Beanstalk Data announces strategic partnership with NCR

Beanstalk Data announced today it will integrate its CRM Marketing Master platform into NCR's restaurant POS systems.

Kentucky company launches self-service reservations widget

Louisville, Ky.-based QSR Automation announced the release of DineTime Host version 3.0, a browser widget that when added to a restaurant's website provides self-service reservation options that sync in real time.

Dickey's set to open three new stores

Dickey's Barbecue Pit will open three new units in Texas, Washington and North Carolina.

Roasted sweet corn is focus on Modmarket fall menu

Modmarket has rolled out its fall menu today, which will highlight roasted sweet corn.

Buffalo Wild Wings buys majority stake in Rusty Taco

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. makes a majority investment in Rusty Taco, Inc.

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