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Are grocery and c-stores a threat or opportunity for fast casual restaurants?

While new offerings may put some grocery stores and c-stores in direct competition with fast casual brands, new partnerships also present new opportunities for fast casual brands to reach new audiences and new markets.

Despite sales growth, is tough sledding ahead for the fast casual segment?

The fast casual segment continues to outperform other segments of the restaurant industry. But will it be able to keep up the pace?

6 must-do strategies attracting millennial diners

Want a piece of millennials $1.7 trillion in spending power? Here are six ways you can grab it.

North Dakota oil boom spurs fast casual restaurant growth

Thanks at least in part to its energy sector, it makes sense for North Dakota to be on the radar for restaurant developers.

The top five fast casual stories for January 2015

The top stories in January centered on restaurants poised for breakout years through franchising and growth; the secrets to Starbucks' success and CEOs' takes on top trends for 2015.

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.

Adding kiosks? Read this first

POS kiosks can be essential tools in enabling customers to have a more pleasurable dining experience. But are there certain features restaurant owners and managers should examine when contemplating the addition of this technology?

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.

Is your restaurant green?

Even though going green may cost more than conventional items, consumers are willing to pay more for the opportunity; for them it is not an indulgence but a necessity.

Rearview 2014: Here's what we were hungry for

What did we want to nosh on in 2014? Not gluten. And maybe we're getting sick of pumpkin spice, too.

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Restaurant Performance Index remained elevated in January

The RPI – a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry – stood at 102.7 in January, which represented the fourth consecutive month above the level of 102.

Hot, spicy and smoked make up half of all socially shared flavors

The National Pork Board in partnership with Crimson Hexagon analyzed more than 30 million Facebook, Instagram and Twitter food posts with Crimson Hexagon's ForSight Tool to discover what makes up an American meal.

Research and Markets publishes US pizza market report

Research and Markets has published the "Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail, Second Edition" report.

Researchers predict alternative proteins will make up one-third of market by 2054

Plant proteins, insects, algae, and synthetic biology sources may make up over 50 percent of the alternative protein market by 2054.

Nevada, Hawaii, Florida boast highest percentage of restaurant workers

States whose restaurant workforces represent the largest proportions of their overall employment include Nevada, with 16 percent; Hawaii, with 14 percent and Florida, with 12 percent. Nationally, the percentage is at about 10 percent.

Frozen pizza retailers step up their game with healthier choices

To keep up with restaurant competition, retail pizza marketers are offering consumers more options aligning with health and wellness trends, according to the Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail, 2nd Edition report, as fast casual "alters the fast food landscape."

Census Bureau releases hospitality industry data for Colorado, Hawaii

This release is the first for the accommodation and food services sector and covers Colorado and Hawaii.

January 2015 restaurant sales increase 7.4%, study says

Applied Predictive Technologies announced that in-store restaurant sales for January 2015 increased +7.4 percent year over year.

Restaurant Brands International to release 2014 results Feb. 17

Restaurant Brands International Inc. is set to release its full year and Q4 2014 financial results on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, with an investor conference call scheduled for that morning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

Panera, Chick-fil-A, Papa Murphy's receive Award of Excellence

Chick-fil-A took the No. 1 spot for excellent quick-service restaurant chains of the 148 ranked in the Sandelman & Associates Quick-Track 2014 Awards of Excellence study.

Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, PepsiCo, Wendy's, McDonald's, Coca-Cola and Burger King rated on Harris reputation poll

Harris Poll released the results of its Reputation Quotient, which examined 100 companies, up from 60 the previous year.

Tech, choice among driving consumer trends for 2015, says NRA

It's not surprising that today's restaurant consumer expects restaurants to offer technologies which make the dining experience as frictionless as possible, and prefers restaurants whose offerings support what's important to them.

Where the jobs are: Arizona, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Utah

According to the NRA, Arizona is projected to post a close to 24 percent restaurant job increase and Florida and Texas each is projected to post over 22 percent gains over the 10-year period from 2015 to 2025. Georgia and Utah are expected to grow 21 percent.

Papa John's, Quizno's, Wendy's cited among brands with poorest sustainability practices

As You Sow, a San Franciso-based nonprofit organization that promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility, released a new report, "Waste and Opportunity 2015: Environmental Progress and Challenges in Food, Beverage, and Consumer Goods Packaging."

The NRA is predicting the strongest sales gains in these five states

According to the National Restaurant Association's 2015 Restaurant Industry Forecast, Arizona and Florida are projected to post 4.9 percent sales increases. North Dakota and Texas follow at 4.8 percent, Colorado at 4.3 percent, and California and Utah at 3.9 percent.

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