2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers

FastCasual.com's ninth annual review of the restaurant segment's Top 100 movers and shakers takes a look at the brands, people, marketing campaigns, menu trends and technologies leading the industry.

FEATURES


The New Avocado “Mother Sauce”

Simply pureeing fresh Avocados from Mexico creates a luscious and smooth new “Mother Sauce” that can be used on a variety of menu hits. Learn how to use this base for a fresh twist on deviled eggs, creamy avocado pasta carbonara, pesto, whipped butter and more.

NRA 2012: Front Flip

Front Flip founder Sean Beckner talks about the new customer engagement platform created to help restaurant operators attract and retain guests. Front Flip was an exhibitor at the 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago.

NRA 2012: Brewed tea beverage trends

Fastcasual.com speaks with Honest Tea founder Seth Goldman about the company's 2011 acquisition and trends in brewed tea.

Bacon: An indispensible ingredient in food innovation

Bacon appears to be one ingredient that the American consumer cannot do without. It's been around since the beginning of time, but never been applied to so many food products as today. Mintel Global New Products Database recently listed 38...

NRA 2011: Mixer promises consistent dough

Thinking Foods believes it has developed the ultimate solution for dough that comes out right, every time.

NRA 2011: McCafé digital menu board project largest in world

McDonald's, Stratacache discuss the benefits of having the digital platform in place.

Hot gluten free mess of new products

WestEx was a hot gluten-free mess of new products everywhere you turned.   Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending the Annual State Restaurant Expo here in Colorado.

Commentary: Coffee wars shift to oatmeal

Foodservice giants have upped the ante on menu competition, and McDonald's recent introduction of oatmeal is the perfect example.

Be allergy aware: A quick guide to the most common food allergies

Eight foods are responsible for 90% of food allergic reactions. I've assembled this guide to help you (and your kitchen) be on the lookout for a food allergy. MilkMilk allergies are caused by an allergy to one of the three proteins contained in milk: casein, whey, or curds.

Create low calorie dishes with these 12 tips

As we continue into 2011 there seems to be a stronger theme of healthy eating. Is all the attention being stirred up by Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign? Or, could it be that with this new administration we have the...

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NEWS


SmartAVI releases new digital menu solution

SmartAVI, a provider of audio/visual signal management solutions, introduced the DigiMenu-Pro, an all-in-one menu solution targeted at restaurants, cafes and other foodservice venues. According to a release, the plug-and-play product features a small hardware box with an HDMI output and...

Solo Cup unveils Trophy Plus for both hot and cold applications

A dual-temperature insulated cup with better rigidity and enhanced glossy appearance is being launched by Solo Foodservice to help operators boost beverage sales, improve efficiencies, control costs and build their business. A single-cup solution for both hot and cold beverages,...

NRA research shows gift cards on more holiday wish lists

New research from the National Restaurant Association shows that one in five Americans surveyed plan to give a restaurant gift card as a holiday gift this year. However, more than twice as many (59 percent) said they would like to...

NRA Innovations Awards application process opens

The National Restaurant Association is now seeking applications from foodservice equipment manufacturers for its 2012 Kitchen Innovations Awards. Selected by an independent panel of experts, award recipients represent some of the most groundbreaking equipment on the market that will cut...

Firehouse Subs rolls out Coca-Cola Freestyle nationally

After a nearly two-year test, Firehouse Subs is launching Coca-Cola Freestyle fountains in all of its 437 restaurants. With Coca-Cola Freestyle, customers now have the ability to create their own personal and customized drinks with more than 125 combination possibilities....

NRA names inaugural product innovation award recipients

The National Restaurant Association recently announced the recipients of its first Food & Beverage Product Innovations Awards, which recognize progressive food and beverage products that will make a significant impact in the restaurant industry. Award recipients were selected for their...

Beanstalk Loyalty to deliver Facebook check-in through POS

Beanstalk Loyalty has announced patent pending technology creating the first loyalty platform to deliver the integration between the point-of-sale (POS) terminal and social media such as Facebook. "Our unique integration with Facebook enables retail stores and restaurants -- with their...

NAFEM Show highlights energy savings

Exhibitors on day two of the North American Foodservice Equipment Manufacturers Show expressed optimism about the number of attendees at this year’s event, held at the Orlando, Fla., convention center Feb. 10-12. “So far we’ve surpassed the sales leads Thursday that we did for the entire 2009 NAFEM Show,” said Henny Penny’s Jason Moles.

Echelon develops cloud-based energy-control system

Echelon Corporation and Serious Materials are collaborating to develop and deliver the Echelon Building Energy Management solution, a new energy-saving offering for commercial, government and education facilities. The solution leverages Serious Materials' software-as-a-service (SaaS) energy efficiency platform, SeriousEnergy Manager.

Yogurt Mountain opens in Charleston, S.C.

Yogurt Mountain LLC has announced that it has opened a new store in Charleston, S.C. Customers who visit the store can enjoy a free 10-ounce yogurt during its Dec.

FastCasual.com seeks Top 100 nominations

FastCasual.com is seeking brand nominations for this year's Top 100 Movers & Shakers, set to publish in February. In its sixth year, the Top 100 ranks fast casual concepts that have blazed new trails, experienced a high-level of growth or...

Newk's Express Café chooses Hot Schedules for labor management

HotSchedules has signed a deal with Newk's Express Café to provide labor management solutions to all 27 Newk's locations. The deal was signed after a successful pilot at three Newk's locations. “We were looking for a user-friendly solution that would...

NAFEM, FS/TEC highlight cost-effective restaurant solutions

While exhibitors initially wondered how the economy would affect attendance at the 2nd annual co-located North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers Show and International Foodservice Technology Exposition, most were pleasantly surprised with attendees' focus on their products. "It's been...

Lamb Weston debuts new sweet potato products

BOISE, Idaho — ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston has developed three new Sweet Things sweet potato products for restaurant operators. The new offerings include medium-thick Crinkle Cut French Fries, Sweet Potato Chips and mildly seasoned Battered Dices. According to a 2007...

NRA Show: 5 products you can't miss

CHICAGO — Foodservice players from around the world have gathered in Chicago for the 89th annual National Restaurant Association, Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, and our coverage of the event's first day led us to many interesting and innovative new products. We've...

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