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Panera's Blaine Hurst accepts Fast Casual Top 100 award

FastCasual.com’s editorial team released its annual list of the industry’s most significant brands and trends, awarding Panera Bread the top spot Sunday night at the annual gala in Chicago.

Oh, what a night: Celebrating Fast Casual's 2015 Top 100

FastCasual.com’s editorial team released its annual list of the industry’s most significant brands and trends, awarding Panera Bread the top spot Sunday night at its annual gala in Chicago.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Harnesses Customer Feedback to Improve, Advocate

Orange Leaf partnered with InMoment to launch a store-wide Voice of Customer feedback program and social advocacy initiative.

Sponsored by: InMoment

NRA: Is marijuana the next menu trend?

Will marijuana soon be on your menu? Steve Fox, director of VS Strategies, counsel at Vicente Sederberg LLC, and panelist for the 2015 National Restaurant Association Show's "Marijuana on the Menu" session thinks so.

Industry gears up for NRA show

The restaurant industry’s biggest show of the year is kicking off Saturday when tens of thousands of restaurant operators and vendors meet in Chicago for the NRA event.

Taking a Look at Table-Location Solutions

The fast casual restaurant landscape is becoming increasingly competitive. A table-location solution can help an operator get a jump on the competition.

Sponsored by: Long Range Systems

Freshii CEO: Why I called out McDonald’s

Freshii CEO Matthew Corrin explains why he thinks McDonald's would find success by partnering with his brand.

Big Data’s Last Crusade: Restaurants still slow to embrace smart technology

Smart devices are only as intelligent as the data they rely on, and no industry has had more difficulty capturing data than the restaurant industry.

Restaurants hitting home runs in baseball stadiums

Peanuts and Crackerjacks have always been staples at baseball stadiums around the country, but restaurants are trying to add other cuisines to baseball fans’ traditions.

Bugging out: Is cricket flour on your menu?

Many in the foodservice industry are touting cricket flour as the next "super protein."

Are you doing delivery right?

As restaurant brands rush into delivery, they must lay the foundation with a best-of-breed digital ordering platform and choose a delivery fleet strategy that provides both a consistently good guest experience and a profitable business model.

Building brands: Pie Five's CEO shares strategies

Pie Five's parent company, Rave Restaurant Group, is looking to build and expand the concepts under the brand.

The un-red meat: Restaurants embracing new proteins

Restaurants are trying to meet Americans' desires to eat healthier by giving them a variety of protein options.

Millennials blazing trends trail as franchisees

Millennials are crazy about fast casuals, healthy menu options and the independence restaurant technology affords, but are they a generation likely to be interested in owning a restaurant?

Why Group Purchasing Organizations are good for manufacturers and members

By working through a GPO, the manufacture of food or supplies can "speak" directly to decision-makers in the purchasing arena, thus saving time, money and the hassle of hunting down those important people.

Baltimore restaurants calling for peace

As clean-up efforts continue after the riots in Baltimore, several area restaurants are providing free food and coffee for firefighters, police, the Maryland National Guard, paramedics and EMTs. They are also urging the city’s residents to support solidarity and peace through using the social media hashtags, #peace, #solidarity and #support.

Why Jersey Mike's added ordering and payments to their mobile app

Rich Hope, CMO of Jersey Mike's Subs, talks about the restaurant chain's mobile app.

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Uncle Maddio's rolls out Florida expansion

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint will soon enter the Orlando market.

Technomic: Build-your-own concepts fueling fast casual growth

Customization, personalized menu items and staff engagement drive rapid sales expansion for fast casual restaurant brands.

Dickey's wins Telly Awards

Training videos aren’t known for their high quality or entertainment value, but Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants may be changing that perception. Its Shift Meeting Training Videos (SMTVs) won four 2015 Telly Awards.

Crowdfunding a potential source of financing for restaurants

Restaurants in Arkansas are utilizing a new source for alternative funding: crowdfunding.

L.A. raises minimum wage to $15

The city of Los Angeles, the second-largest city in the U.S., voted Tuesday to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, from the current $9.00.

PizzaRev prepares for Colorado debut

PizzaRev will make its Colorado debut this summer in Boulder, followed closely by a second location in Lafayette, according to a company press release

Bareburger using analytics company to help with site selection

Bareburger, a family of organic burger restaurants, is using Buxton's SCOUT platform to identify the best market opportunities for growth in the U.S. and Canada.

Pie Five cracks Fast Casual's Top 100, expands North and South

Pie Five Pizza Co. claimed the third-highest spot on the annual Top 100 Movers and Shakers ranking for 2015 published by FastCasual.com.

Concern over GMOs increasing, NPD study says

Over half of U.S. consumers express some level of concern about genetically-modified organisms, according to a report from The NPD Group.

Mediterranean cuisine growing in popularity, study says

Food Genius, a foodservice data provider, published a new monthly industry analytics presentation focused on Mediterranean cuisine.

Burger 21 upgrades menu

Burger 21 has rolled out several new and enhanced menu items in order to appeal to the changing tastes of its guests.

Texas GRILLiT to implement millennial-inspired remodel

GRILLiT’s Texas Master Franchisor is working with Frausto Design out of San Antonio to create a new interior restaurant design focused on appealing to its largest target market, millennials.

NRF: Obama’s overtime rules will 'hollow out' management jobs

The Obama Administration’s plan to revise federal overtime regulations would likely “hollow out” low- and mid-level management positions in the restaurant and retail industries and trigger a shift toward more hourly and part-time workers, according to the National Retail Federation.

Moe’s Southwest Grill opens 600th unit

Salt Lake City is home to Moe’s Southwest Grill’s 600th unit. The milestone reflects the momentum the brand has built by signing several high-profile multi-unit franchise agreements nationwide, just 15 years after opening its first location in Atlanta.

Muscle Maker Grill gives menu a boost

Muscle Maker Grill and Inergetics, a developer of nutritional and consumer health products, are launching a new product line of booster supplements for the restaurant’s locations across the U.S.

Global foodservice sales increasing

New data from Market Research Company Euromonitor’s has found that global consumer foodservice value increased over 5.4 percent in 2014, with over USD $2.7 trillion dollars in sales

NPD: Bird flu outbreaks concerning consumers

More than half of U.S. consumers are concerned about bird flu outbreaks and the dangers they pose to their food safety.

IFA warns Cuomo NYC wage increase is discriminatory

The International Franchise Association President and CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE, issued the below statement as part of an effort to warn New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that any increase in a city's minimum wage should be applied uniformly to all types of businesses.

McAlister's developing Georgia, Florida

McAlister's Deli has signed three development agreements with new and existing franchisees to open restaurants in Southern Georgia and North, Central and Southwest Florida.

Paytronix upgrades mobile-app features for restaurants

The company said the new enhancements make it easier than ever before for restaurants and retailers to customize their apps while simultaneously making them easier and more compelling for customers to use.

Grocery store sales surpassed by restaurants for the first time

Monthly sales at restaurants exceeded grocery store sales for the first time on record, the National Restaurant Association reported.

Panera earns top spot on Fast Casual Top 100

FastCasual.com’s editorial team has released its annual list of the industry’s most significant brands and trends, awarding Panera Bread the top spot

PizzaRev CEO joins California Restaurant Association

PizzaRev CEO and co-founder, Rodney Eckerman, joined the Board of Directors of the California Restaurant Association, the state's restaurant and hospitality industry association.

Heinz posts 'solid' Q1 results

H.J. Heinz Corporation II announced financial results for Q1 2015, which indicate solid business performance.

Firehouse Subs donating nearly $200K to Chicago fire departments

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is donating $190,000 worth of equipment to nine Chicago public safety organizations.

Pieology cracks Top 500 for fastest growing chain

Technomic has awarded Pieology Pizzeria the number one spot in its annual top 500 chain restaurant report for sales and unit change.

Technomic report: Consumers prefer turkey over chicken

Technomic released its "2015 Center of the Plate: Poultry Consumer Trend Report," which found that diners are increasingly looking for menu alternatives.

NRA offering free eCertificates for SafeServe training products

The National Restaurant Association is now offering complimentary eCertificates for the ServSafe suite of training products, including ServSafe Manager, Food Handler, Allergens and Alcohol.

Study: Restaurant customers ready for mobile payments

Customers are more comfortable with mobile payments, a fact restaurants should embrace, according to study published today by Harbortouch, a supplier of point- of-sale systems.

Newk's to open in Houston, New Orleans

Newk's Eatery will development units in New Orleans and Houston thanks to an agreement with New Orleans-based Southeast Restaurant Group, founded by Elie Khoury.

NatureWorks to sponsor NRA compost program

The National Restaurant Association’s Conserve sustainability initiative announced NatureWorks LLC, supplier of renewably sourced materials, as a new program sponsor.

Rave reports positive Q3

Dallas, Texas-based Rave Restaurant Group Inc. reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 ended March 29, 2015.

3 for 1: Olo, LevelUp launch ordering, loyalty, payment solution

Olo and LevelUp have launched the restaurant industry's first fully turnkey mobile commerce solution with built-in ordering, loyalty and payment in one user experience.

Fresh To Order signs 3-unit Deal in Philadelphia

Fresh To Order has signed a three-unit deal with two restaurant and convenience store owners to bring the brand to Pennsylvania.

April restaurant sales up more than 3%, research says

Applied Predictive Technologies' index found an increase of 3.6 percent in restaurant sales for the same month, compared to April of last year.

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