MAD Greens: Less food miles equals better taste

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Local sourcing is paying off for the salad concept, which is set to nearly double in size in 2015.

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7 tips for getting Millennials to stay in love with your brand

How do brands keep once-smitten customers from getting bored and breaking up?

How a hotel became a hot fast casual concept

Marriott transformed its Courtyard food and beverage offerings away from the traditional buffet into a new fast casual format, resulting in a 27-percent jump in guests' intent to recommend and return.

Fast Casual Executive Summit 2014 video highlights

Ever wonder what it's like to attend a Fast Casual Executive Summit? Here's a taste from our latest event in Denver.

Four reasons digital screens are more than menu boards

Engaging digital signage can be a key differentiator in the customer experience by educating guests about menu items, driving craving, reducing perceived wait times, and more.

Winget: 'Being passionate is a total load of crap'

Success is much simpler than we make it out to be, says bestselling author Larry Winget. Success boils down to hard work and excellence.

Snapshots from the Fast Casual Executive Summit 2014

The 2014 Fast Casual Executive Summit brought together more than 300 industry leaders representing 121 different restaurant concepts from eight different countries.

Foodies on the move

The food tour was part of the annual Fast Casual Executive Summit.

Industry trends: Consumers will spend more for transparency, authenticity, safety

Watch for menu trends at airport bars and lounges, Hollywood and convenience stores.

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.

Smashburger named top brand, Fazoli’s CEO named top exec for 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers

Criteria included innovation, growth, social responsibility and overall contribution.

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NEWS


Latest SpenDifference study to forecast 2015 restaurant menu prices

Participants will be entered in a drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card and will receive a complimentary copy of the findings.

Heartland Payment Systems hosting CEO roundtable at Fast Casual Exec Summit

A quartet of C-suite executives from the fast casual segment will participate in a roundtable Oct. 14 in Denver as part of the annual Fast Casual Executive Summit.

Marriott exec to share insights on hotel chain's fast casual concept

Lon Southerland, senior director, global food and beverage for Marriott International, will keynote the ninth annual Fast Casual Executive Summit, Oct. 12-14 in Denver. During his keynote, Southerland will describe how and why he chose to break from the standard...

Larry Winget to keynote Fast Casual Executive Summit

Larry Winget, AKA The Pitbull of Personal Development, will keynote the 9th annual Fast Casual Executive Summit, Oct. 12-14 in Denver. Larry Winget His presentation will pull material from three of his six bestselling books, Shut Up, Stop Whining &...

Project Pie teams up with private equity firm to accelerate growth

Carlsbad, Calif.-based Project Pie today announced a partnership with NYC-based Lee Equity Partners, headed by investor Thomas H. Lee.

Does your dine-in experience put guests in control?

Whether it's choosing fries or apples with their burgers or the music playing in the restaurant, guests want to be in charge of everything these days. That trend is why this year's Fast Casual Executive Summit is dedicating a session...

Fatburger opens 1st unit in Tunisia

Fatburger has opened its first location in Tunisia. The fast casual restaurant brings its made-to-order burgers to North Africa's tourist town, Sidi Bou Said, under the direction of Solitaire Food Service Inc. Fatburger currently operates in 27 countries and is...

VooDoo BBQ cashing in on increased tourist traffic

VooDoo BBQ & Grill, a franchise system in New Orleans, is riding a growing trend that shows no sign of stopping: Tourists are spending their money at limited-service restaurants, which include QSRs and fast casual restaurants. Tourism spending at American...

Fatburger featuring Orange Creamsicle Shake

Fatburger is now offering an Orange Creamsicle Shake for a limited time, available until Oct. 7. The Orange Creamsicle Shake, mixed with hand-scooped vanilla ice cream, can be topped with whipped cream and paired with one of Fatburger's burger creations,...

Panera franchisee signs multi-unit deal for The Pizza Studio

Los Angeles-based The Pizza Studio, announced the signing of an agreement with Studio 37 LLC of San Jose, Calif., to develop 25 new restaurants throughout the greater San Francisco metro area. The managing member of Studio 37 is Jeff Burrill,...

Tropical Smoothie Café donates $2M to Camp Sunshine

Tropical Smoothie Café presented a donation check of $515,000 this week to Camp Sunshine, a national retreat in Casco, Maine, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The donation was a result of proceeds from the restaurant brand's National...

Carville, Matalin to discuss gov't issues facing restaurateurs at Fast Casual Exec Summit

James Carville and Mary Matalin, Washington D.C.’s most high-profile political couple, will bring a fiery conversation about how Washington is affecting the restaurant industry to the 8th annual Fast Casual Executive Summit, Oct. 13-15 in New Orleans, said Cherryh Butler,...

Jamaican Jerk Bowl debuts at Tropical Smoothie Café

Tropical Smoothie Café is adding a Jamaican Jerk Bowl to its menu for a limited time only. The new bowl, which is derived from the top-selling Jamaican Jerk Wrap, is now available through June 9. Reinforcing its "Eat Better, Feel...

Schlotzsky's shatters company record with 170-unit franchise deal

Schlotzsky's has signed its largest franchise agreement in more than 40 years; the partnership calls for 170 Schlotzsky's locations throughout California, including Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura and San Bernardino counties, according to a company press release. Each of the new...

Operators to learn about word-of-mouth marketing in the 'social age'

Attendees of the Fast Casual Exec Summit will learn how to inspire customers to "talk up" their brands via social media.

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October 12-14 | Denver

Growth. Leadership. Innovation.

The go-to event of the year for fast casual operators is coming to the epicenter of the industry: Denver!

The 9th annual Fast Casual Executive Summit will bring together the movers and shakers from the segment for two and a half days of networking and nitty gritty work group sessions designed to stimulate your team, foster new implementable innovations and cover the industry's top strategic issues.