Sales up, margins down as Panera continues 2.0 transformation


Comps for company stores increased 2.1 percent and 0.7 percent for franchise stores while margins declined 2 percent due to food costs and costs related to Panera's 2.0 initiative.


Eliminate complacency to build a thriving enterprise

People, products, markets, customers and processes are dynamic and must change in order to adapt and grow.

Nine keys for driving speed of service

Restaurants can become victims of their own success when high volume slows down service. Check out these tips for satisfying the need for speed.

Five steps to creating a successful catering platform

Having a plan is crucial to the success of catering within your organization, and it includes timelines, teams, locations, the menu and marketing.

Noodles & Company reports limp Q2 comps

Noodles & Company posted disappointing Q2 results, with comps declining 1 percent for company owned stores, 2.2 percent for franchised stores and 1.1 percent system-wide.

The importance of online ordering when it comes to catering

Research has shown that people who place mobile and online orders have an average ticket 30 percent higher than in-store customers.

Chipotle cites increased throughput as a driver behind same-store sales lift

Same-store sales drive strong second quarter results.

Pollo Tropical's streamlined menu, focus on accuracy boost AUVs

Increased efficiency, improved accuracy lead to gains for Pollo Tropical.

Reward and loyalty programs for your catering customers

Provide your customers with the option to select which program they prefer.

Salata’s growth driven by consumer demand for clean eating

Guests also want more vegetarian proteins, such as quinoa, tofu and falafel, as well as sauces and spices.

McAlister's CEO: We don't spend much on marketing because of our catering program

Many of McAlister's catering customers are first-timers who buy into the brand after the experience.

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Boston catering concierge secures $300K VC Investment

The funding will help Phoodeez, a corporate catering concierge that works with more than 40 local restaurants and food trucks, reach more customers.

WorkPlace Impact adds restaurant brands to portfolio

WorkPlace Impact, a marketing company that targets consumers directly at work, has added restaurant clients to its portfolio. According to a news release, Subway and Buffalo Wild Wings are among several other chains that are now accessing WPI's permission-based network,...

California Tortilla offers prize drawing just for catering customers

Customers who place catering orders of $200 or more will automatically be entered to win a weekly prize package and the grand prize.

Dinova lists top network restaurants for corporate dining

Corporate dining preferences lean strongly toward fast casual concepts, according to Dinova.

Dickey's rolls past $6 million mark in catering sales

Catering is responsible for 15 percent of overall sales for Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants.

Pinkberry adds Pick-Up Packs

Pinkberry will now offer Pick-Up Packs for orders of six to 24 yogurts. The Pick-Up Pack is a cooler-like, insolated carrier.

Falafill joins Chicago's The NOSH with pop-up storefront

Falafill has joined The NOSH Chicago and will serve lunch at a pop-up storefront on The Plaza each Friday. The NOSH will be held each Friday from 11 a.m.

Lavu releases delivery and routing extension for iPad POS system

Lavu Inc. announced today the addition of a new delivery and routing extension to its iPad POS system. Extension features include multiple order routing, estimated delivery times, best route recommendations and turn by turn directions for delivery personnel. The iPad...

Maui Wowi Minnesota franchisees team up for all-star baseball

Two Maui Wowi franchisees announced plans to team up to serve fans attending events related to the MLB All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis on July 15. Franchisee and Director of Regional Support Mary Bigler will serve fans on...

Mobile Menchie's self-service fro-yo truck rolls into upstate New York

Menchie’s announced this weekend the launch of a mobile, self-service fro-yo food truck. The new truck launched in upstate New York on July 4. The mobile fro-yo truck will be available for sporting events, office parties, birthday and graduation celebrations, county fairs and private events.

Maui Wowi adding two mobile carts in Texas

Two new mobile carts are being added to Maui Wowi's Texas presence. Kimberly and Tony Revis of Houston, Texas plan to use the carts in events and venues in the Houston area.

Giardino expands Southern Florida presence

Giardino Gourmet Salads has opened its newest restaurant in Miami Lakes, Fla., in Park Centre located at 8008 NW 154 St. The restaurant will host a grand opening celebration on July 12. Current Giardino franchise partners Robert Fuerth and Jaime...

PizzaRev launches catering program

PizzaRev has launched a new catering program, and has appointed Bibiana Deaver as the new catering sales manager to build to channel. Deaver will lead PizzaRev’s 10 Los Angeles-area corporate stores’ catering programs, and will develop a blueprint for franchisees’...

Schlotzsky's partners with MonkeyMedia for new catering program

Schlotzsky's has signed a deal with MonkeyMedia Software to initiate its off-premise strategy. According to a news release, MonkeyMedia Software, via its MMS Catering Institute and Software Services divisions, provide turnkey catering strategy, education and software solutions to multiunit restaurant...

Moe’s Southwest Grill partners with MonkeyMedia for catering program

Moe's Southwest Grill has partnered with MonkeyMedia Software to deploy MonkeyCatering and MonkeyOnlineOrdering to support its catering online ordering and database platforms systemwide. Moe’s tested MonkeyMedia Software’s catering platform for two years with a pilot group of both franchise and...

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As the restaurant industry becomes more crowded, operators are turning to new services to compete and differentiate. Among the fastest growing services is off-premise catering. It is estimated that restaurant locations can add $1,000 to their daily sales by adding this channel.