The hidden benefit of SMS text marketing messages

Erin Levzow, Director of Digital and E-commerce at Wingstop, points out a key benefit of SMS promotions that you may have overlooked.

NRA: Menu trends beckon return to simpler times

For those of us who want to return to "the good old days," that time is here, at least in the world of restaurant trends, according to mega-trends analyst Nancy Kruse in her "Menus 2015: Turning Trends into Moneymakers" session at NRA 2015.

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.

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.

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.

3 lessons restaurants can learn from ad agencies

Retailers, marketers and business owners can learn a lot from ad agencies.

Lock it up: 5 ways to protect customers using mobile payments

There are plenty of cost-efficient mobile payment processors designed to fit the budget needs of small businesses, but ensuring sensitive data customers that your business is secure is just as important as the convenience factor mobile payments offer.

5 eco-friendly trends radically transforming foodservice

Restaurants are going green and implementing sustainable practices to conserve energy and provide healthier offerings. As restaurants race toward trends the millennial generation embraces, environment- and animal-friendly initiatives are picking up speed.

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