Cherryh Cansler / Before joining Networld Media Group as director of Editorial, where she oversees Networld Media Group's nine B2B publications, Cherryh Cansler served as Content Specialist at Barkley ad agency in Kansas City. Throughout her 17-year career as a journalist, she's written about a variety of topics, ranging from the restaurant industry and technology to health and fitness. Her byline has appeared in a number of newspapers, magazines and websites, including Forbes, The Kansas City Star and American Fitness magazine. She also serves as the managing editor for FastCasual.com.
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Photo gallery: Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit 2016

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Chipotle 'Not dialing back food-safety efforts'

Chipotle's Chris Arnold said the chain is not dialing back food-safety efforts.

Pei Wei CMO opens up about chain's growth spurt

Fueling the growth is a new loyalty campaign, a more customizable menu, a localized restaurant marketing program and a refresh of some of the chain's older buildings.

Massachusetts Chipotle closes after employees become ill

No customer illnesses have been reportedly connected to the restaurant.

Spoleto following growth path to America

John Velasquez and Carlos Oliveira have qualified to operate the business in the states under the Florida EB-5 Regional Center, which offers investment opportunities to foreign nationals seeking permanent residency status through the USCIS Immigrant Investor Pilot Program.

How 2 fast casuals mastered training to enhance customer experience

Training can range from a couple hundred dollars to several thousand annually per employee based on the type of restaurant, location and management style of the leadership team.

Starbucks, loyalty experts defend changes to rewards program

Many Starbucks fans are angry about the changes and sharing their rage via Twitter, but loyalty platform experts agree that the move was smart for the coffee chain.

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