Innovation on display at NRA (part 2)

It's almost impossible to see the two-miles of products and services at the NRA show, so in this two-part series, FastCasual highlights several that made their debuts at the show.

From wobbly table fixes to herbal refrigerators, innovation was on display at NRA (Part 1)

More than 45,000 buyers in the restaurant industry hit Chicago this week to check out the thousands of products and services on display at the National Restaurant Association show.

CONNECT Summit to tackle mobile technology's impact on restaurants, retail

Jayson Tipp, Nikki Baird among the keynote speakers for the fourth annual executive event.

Restaurants realizing importance of mobile payments and loyalty

Loyalty and order-ahead-and-pay are becoming the standard in the industry.

Leaders of Fazoli's, Saladworks, Fresh Brothers Pizza, Grimaldi's, Focus Brands: 'Change is coming'

The sands are shifting almost daily and almost on every front: That's the verdict from five restaurant industry leaders who shared their views Monday on the state of the industry at the National Restaurant Association show in Chicago Saturday.

Bulletproof Coffee CEO bringing butter coffee to the masses?

In part two of our series on butter coffee, Dave Asprey, CEO of Bulletproof Coffee, discusses how he's brewed butter coffee into a lifestyle.

Why Western brands are taking a chance on the UK

Dining out in the UK will continue to grow over the next five years with a value growth of 7 percent from 2016 to 2021.

Heads up: Here come 92 million Mother's Day revelers

Two out of every five Americans will dining out this Sunday, according to the National Restaurant Association.

Drink it in: The growing importance of beverages on the bottom line

Execs from Coca-Cola Company, Krystal Company and S&D Coffee & Tea predict the year's coming beverage trends.

Franchise Focus: Owner of 59 Jimmy John's attributes success to empowering employees to working for themselves

Franchisee Dan Vansteenburg, who has averaged four openings a year since 2011, turns in higher than the company average when it comes to AUVS, and his same-store sales have been positive 14 out of the 16 years he's been in business.

What do execs from Pizza Hut UK, Freshii GB, Crepeaffaire, Farmstand and Caliburger have in common?

Answer: They are all speaking at this year's Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit, being held July 18-20 in London.

'Do you deliver ... profits?' This webinar does

Mastering delivery isn't easy, but this free May 18 webinar is a great place to learn how to re-ignite your program.

Carolinas' Shuckin' Shack finds recycling shells sells

Oyster restaurants are at the forefront of a shell-recycling movement that not only may again make Chesapeake Bay a hotbed of oyster activity but also serves as a pretty good marketing tool.

How blockchain technology brings new efficiencies and transparency to the food supply chain

A blockchain allows anyone with access to its electronic ledger to track what went into a product and who handled it along the way. This transparency is especially relevant to food supply chains, given the geographic expansion of these supply chains in recent years and the amount of data companies track.

Special Report: 'tipping point' on the way for restaurant self-serve kiosks

A special report explores the growing interest by restaurants in self order kiosks. While determining return on investment poses challenges, the market is changing and restaurants must consider their options.

Why the saturation of the fast casual industry hasn't stopped McAlister's Deli

McAlister’s Deli President Paul Macaluso chats about the unit's 400th opening and shares his plans for the future.

What's the state of the fast casual industry?

The 2017 State of the Industry report polled more than 250 operators on their businesses to uncover the year's top trends.

Will menu-labeling requirements be delayed — again?

It seems seven years weren’t enough for members of The National Association of Convenience Stores and the National Grocers Association to become compliant with the federal menu-labeling requirements, scheduled to take effect May 5.

How the menu-labeling ruling will drive traffic to fast casual brands

While many brands are worried about how the regulation requiring them to display nutritional info will affect their businesses, brands associated with a health halo see the ruling as a way to even the playing field.

Can Great Harvest Bread block Panera's sale to JAB?

Panera Bread received a lot of attention last week when JAB Holdings purchased it in a deal valued at $7.5 billion, but one chain is hoping to block the sale. Great Harvest Bread, which is in a trademark infringement lawsuit with Panera, has filed an objection letter with the Federal Trade Commission asking for an examination of the proposed sale.

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