Manhattan Bagel featuring sandwiches, chilled blended drinks for summer

Manhattan Bagel is featuring two grilled lunch sandwiches and three Chillerz blended drinks this summer, according to a company press release. Featured sandwiches include the Manhattan Cheesesteak, which includes grilled steak, roasted peppers, grilled onions and melted cheese on a...


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.

Slideshow: Fast Casual Executive Summit Food Tour

The Fast Casual Executive Summit kicked off Oct. 10 with the second annual Fast Casual Food Tour. Nearly 100 summit attendees spent time at brands such as Cosi, 5 Guys Burgers & Fries, Portillo's Hot Dogs, Qdoba and Penn Station.

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SmallCakes Cupcakery going global

SmallCakes Cupcakery has announced that its first International franchise location will open in the Aswaaq Mall in Dubai, under the leadership of new franchisee Saud Alnuaimi. The Aswaaq Mall is the first franchise location in Dubai with two more scheduled...

La Madeleine bolsters executive team to double unit count

La Madeleine Country French Café has announced plans to double the size of its U.S. footprint in select markets.

Kneaders Bakery & Café named as state’s top pastry provider

Orem, Utah-based Kneaders Bakery & Cafe has received the Best-of-State pastry award. “We attribute much of our success to our outstanding products, which the people of Utah have come to love. Our pastry products are made fresh in the stores,...

Corner Bakery eyes Seattle and Vegas for expansion

Corner Bakery Café has signed two multiunit development agreements with California-based businessman Anil Yadav, CEO of JIB Management, who plans to open 16 cafes in Seattle and seven in Las Vegas throughout the next seven years. According to a news...

Einstein Noah launches summer menu

Einstein Noah Restaurant Group has rolled out its new seasonal menu to kick off summer. The menu is available at all Einstein Bros.

La Madeleine plans 15 units in Colorado

La Madeleine has signed a multi-unit agreement to open 15 units in Colorado. According to a news release, this is the brand’s third franchise agreement in its 30-year history. The Dallas-based restaurant company, which includes more than 65 corporate-owned bakery...

Panera adds new test facility to enhance bakery business

Panera Bread Co. has unveiled a new test bakery facility in New Haven, Conn.

Starbucks Evenings opens at LAX

Starbucks Evenings, the alcohol-serving counterpart to the coffee house chain, recently opened a location inside of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. Global restaurateur HMSHost opened the new café on Oct. 10, offering visitors to the...

Bakery-café category underrepresented in Canada

Technomic has developed a Canadian Bakery & Coffee Cafe Consumer Trend Report, which shows that bakery-cafes in the country experience relatively low overall traffic compared to coffee-cafes. Technomic's latest look at Canada's cafe segment — encompassing fast casual bakery cafes...

Einstein Noah celebrates National Bagel Day with giveaway

Einstein Bros. Bagels and Noah's New York Bagels are celebrating National Bagel Day Feb.

Bruegger's commemorates anniversary with free bagel

Bruegger's Bagels will officially celebrate its 30th anniversary on Feb. 7.

Bruegger's Bagels focused on three markets for growth

Bruegger's Bagels has announced plans for aggressive expansion in Nashville, Tenn.; Tallahassee, Fla.; and Huntsville, Ala. "All three of our focus cities have a strong economy, and our corporate locations in these markets have a loyal following," said David Austin,...

Panera emerges as consumers' favorite sandwich chain

Panera Bread topped the list of Americans' favorite sandwich chains, according to a national study from customer intelligence solution provider Market Force. Panera was voted No.

Bruegger's welcomes fall with pumpkin-flavored menu items

Bruegger's Bagels is adding new menu items inspired by the fall season, and is also bringing back its pumpkin-flavored cream cheese and coffee offerings. Bruegger's pumpkin spiced coffee and pumpkin cream cheese are back beginning today. Bruegger's is also featuring a new pumpkin bagel, first introduced in Minneapolis-St.

Corner Bakery Cafe expands franchise sales team

Corner Bakery Café has added Nick Booras and Gregg Koffler as directors of franchise sales to support the brand's national expansion efforts. Booras and Koffler are the latest to join the company's growing development sales team to help the chain double its footprint in the U.S. throughout the next four years.

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