Americans will gobble up 1.25 billion chicken wings during the Super Bowl [infographic]

Most of those wings will be consumed in restaurants. The National Chicken Council estimates that of the wings eaten during the Super Bowl, 75 percent will come from food service outlets and 25 percent from retail grocery stores.

FEATURES


What do 26,710 PB&J sandwiches look like? Thanks to Which Wich, we now know

The thousands of sandwiches made during a 'Spreading Party' held at the Sheraton Dallas on Dec. 15 were donated to Dallas-area non-profit organizations.

How restaurants are using gamification to increase engagement in loyalty apps

Restaurants are discovering the power of leveraging apps, loyalty programs and games to engage customers and drive traffic.

Building genuine customer engagement in an Instagram world

Instead of exhausting yourself trying to change customer behavior, take the necessary steps to minimize the distractions cell phones can present.

How to choose the best rewards for your loyalty program

It's important to set the minimum purchase amount at a reasonable level so customers don’t get frustrated that they are never earning punches and thus feel like it’s not worth trying.

Executive round table: Fast casual segment leaders make their 2015 predictions

Local marketing, local sourcing, mobile technologies and customer service initiatives are all expected to move to the front burner in the New Year.

Rearview 2014: Mobile helps brands reduce friction, stay connected

Mobile technology helped brands reduce friction and connect with customers in 2014.

Rearview 2014: Cause marketing moves from fundraising to partnerships

Cause marketing went to the next level in 2014, beyond raising awareness and funds for a cause to deep partnerships between restaurants and non-profits.

Rearview 2014: Millennials take the wheel

As more and more of their contemporaries move into leadership roles, millennials are moving from the passenger side to the driver's seat.

Rearview 2014: Fast Casual is kind of a Big Deal

The theme was clear in 2014, just as it's been for several years running: Fast casual restaurants are winning. Consumers are drawn to the segment's quality, ambiance and value.

Digital strategy produces 119% jump in Tijuana Flats' online ordering

A simplified website, local SEO optimization, Pandora ads and special events for bloggers helped lift sales and drive traffic to Tijuana Flats stores.

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NEWS


California Tortilla has a new burrito that tastes a lot like college

California Tortilla's new Ramen Burrito is on trend. Other menu updates across the fast casual industry: bd's Mongolian Grill adds local, seasonal produce to its market area; Pieology adds Alfredo Sauce and Whole Wheat Crust; new smoothies debut for Bananas and Jamba Juice; The Habit brings back Sesame Chicken and Almond Salad.

It's got a bite to it: Zoup! serves up Rattlesnake Stew

Zoup! is adding a new offering to its rotating menu of soups that may rattle some diners – Rattlesnake Stew.

Taziki’s earns REAL certification

The Mediterranean concept is the first national franchise to earn the certification for nutrition and sustainability.

California Tortilla heating up Instagram with first-ever campaign

California Tortilla launched its first-ever Instagram campaign this month, asking customers to "Show Us Your Hot Sauce Face."

Menus aimed at helping diners keep New Year's Resolutions

January means resolutions, and fast casual restaurants are highlighting lighter, healthier options for diners.

Winter menus feature comfort food, hearty options

Chilly weather means hearty menu options.

Cardinal's Wong signs on as spokesman for Jamba Juice

Kolten Wong, second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, has signed on as spokesman for Jamba Juice's fresh squeezed juice line.

Zomato acquires Urbanspoon

The deal marks restaurant search app Zomato's entrance into North America. Zomato is now active in 22 countries.

Nominations are open for the 2015 Fast Casual Top 100

The annual publication is a mix of ratings compiled from industry nominations as well as a panel of industry experts.

Togo's opens two new units in Idaho

Togo's will open units in Merigian and Idaho Falls this week.

Bruegger's Bagels launches 'Behind the Taste' video series

Each behind-the-scenes video vignette will feature a discount code for viewers.

Starbucks adds Flat White espresso beverage

Starbucks Coffee Company has announced the launch of the Flat White espresso beverage.

Schlotzsky's highlighting lighter menu options

Schlotzsky's offers six Pick 2 combinations that are featured on HealthyDiningFinder.com and under 670 calories.

Au Bon Pain named healthiest chain restaurant by Grellin

Au Bon Pain has been ranked first out of 100 nationwide restaurant chains by Grellin, a website that uses publicly available data on restaurant food to determine which restaurants have the healthiest menus.

Pie Five adding chicken and veggie option to lineup

Pie Five is adding Chicken & Veggie Pie -- which weighs in at just 100 calories per slice -- to its menu through February 15.

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