Starbucks stirs up price hikes

Starbucks is increasing prices ranging from 5 to 20 cents per drink in the U.S

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Breakfast takes a bite out of Panera comps in Q2

The quarter represented the first time in six quarters the company registered a year-over-year increase in transactions.

The changing role of corporate consciousness

How fast casual CEOs are turning an enlightened approach to sales success.

Panera Bread sales success boosted by investment initiatives

The company sees gains at it continues to improve marketing, catering, operational and food quality.

Fast Casual releases 2012 Top 100 Movers & Shakers

The Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers ranks the top concepts, people, technology, menu and innovation trends that impacted the segment in 2011.

Cosi CEO Carin Stutz talks brand turnaround

How Cosi's new CEO plans to rebrand, reimage and rebuild the chain.

Panera Bread to intensify drive-thru operations

Catering sales and new menu item rollouts continue to contribute to revenue, same-store sales growth.

Oatmeal goes upscale

Consumers often say they wish they had healthier options for breakfast, yet better-for-you, not to mention better-tasting, has been hard to come by when it comes to breakfast on the run. We're seeing a growing number of operators add simple fare oatmeal to their existing pastry and sandwich offerings.

Trendy cake pops find their way into Starbucks

What is the latest food innovation at Starbucks? It's "Cake Pops," or cake balls on a stick! When I first found Cake Pops in Starbucks, I got really excited because I thought Starbucks was leading the way again with food innovation. If you remember, I gave Starbucks credit with food innovation for its single serve Via instant coffee.

Innovation in the name of charity

What do the Love Kitchen, Panera Bread, and Cafe 180 all have in common? They provide affordable food to those who can’t regularly pay full price for a meal. A week ago, the Oprah Winfrey show came on the overhead...

Is your restaurant required?

Is your restaurant required by law to post nutritional information? As restaurant owners and managers you are accustomed to customers’ inquiries for the ingredient and nutritional information on your menu. Until now, answering these questions was purely at the discretion of management.

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Corner Bakery Café expands flatbread menu in an unflat approach

Corner Bakery Café is debuting new flatbread sandwiches, each under 330 calories, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Starbucks shuttering all 23 La Boulange bakeries, 14 San Francisco locations to close

Just three years after buying up La Boulange as part of its strategy to be a bakery brand, Starbucks is shuttering all 23 La Boulange bakery café locations and the brand’s two manufacturing locations by the end of September.

Kneaders opening in Scottsdale

Kneaders Bakery & Café is opening its newest location May 29, in Scottsdale, Arizona, at 15505 North Hayden Road.

ABP launches spring menu

Au Bon Pain is unveiling several menu items, including a sirloin steak sandwich and salad, multigrain croissants, an asparagus and tomato egg white frittata, a CroisBun topped with fresh strawberries, a protein-packed peanut butter cookie and Monkey Bread.

La Madeleine's menu inspired by Provence, France

For its latest menu creations, la Madeleine Country French Café is channeling the philosophy and way of life of the people living in Provence.

Nine Corner Bakery Cafes planned for California's Central Valley

Locations are being planned between Stockton and Bakersfield and Cross, with several different sites planned for Fresno.

Panera Bread progressing toward animal welfare goals

Among its successes: 91 percent of Panera's pork supply is antibiotic-free, 80 percent of is beef is grass-fed and 100 percent of its chicken is antibiotic-free.

Panera Bread set to open café with drive-thru in Ohio

Panera Bread will open its latest bakery café on Dec. 16 at 4031 Cascades Boulevard in Brimfield, Ohio. The new location will feature a drive-thru.

Bruegger's Bagels, Florida Department Of Citrus team up for pre-holiday giveaway

Everyone who enters the sweepstakes will receive a coupon for one free bottle of Florida's Natural Orange Juice with the purchase of any breakfast sandwich.

Einstein Noah brings back holiday gift offerings

Einstein Noah Restaurant Group announced the return of its Holiday Gift Card Packs and Coffee Gift Packs to its seasonal offerings.

Einstein Bros. & Noah's New York Bagels offer Black Friday catering special

Einstein Noah will offer special pricing on catering orders placed through its 1-800-BAGEL-ME phone line.

Bruegger's Bagels announces winner of $10,000 Artist Challenge

Bruegger's Bagels has selected the original artwork of Taia Morley of Stillwater, Minnesota, as the winner of its $10,000 Artist Challenge.

Lee's Sandwiches plants its flag in Oregon

The latest Lee's Sandwiches has a full bread baking equipment line and the capacity to serve additional stores when they open.

Kneader's on the rise in Phoenix area

Kneaders Bakery & Café opened its seventh unit in Arizona at 14183 W. Bell Rd., Surprise, Arizona, on Oct.

Einstein Bros. rolls out fall menu

Einstein Bros. is bringing back its pumpkin bagel and other fall menu items.

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