2016 Fast Casual Top 100

FastCasual’s annual list of the industry’s most significant brands and executives.

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: Taylor Company




2015 Fast Casual Top 100

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

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: FastCasual.com




2015 Fast Casual Top 26 Executives

The fast casual industry is like no other restaurant segment, and that’s because it’s packed with creative, innovative and generous leaders. This year, we chose to unveil this year’s list of the industry’s top leaders at the 10th annual Fast Casual Executive Summit Oct. 18-20 in Miami.

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: FastCasual.com


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FEATURES


FastCasual Editor: 'What do you want to hear from the CEOs at Fast Casual Exec Summit?'

To possibly have your questions answered by an exec at the Summit, email them to CherryhC@Networldmediagroup.com.

Perfect Pitch finalists revealed

The owners of Brazilian Bowl based in Lakeview, Illinois; Toronto's Street Shak Caribbean Kitchen and Capitol Melts, based in Albany, New York, will pitch their concepts to attendees and a panel of advisers at the annual Fast Casual Executive Summit.

In pictures: Global restaurant execs in London: Part 1

Executives from 17 countries gathered in London for the 2017 Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit — Europe last week. The event, produced by Networld Media Group, provided the opportunity for more than 100 restaurant leaders to share advice, success stories and discuss how they moved on from failure.

NRA 2017 in photos: Editors share top highlights

The editors of FastCasual, Pizza Marketplace, QSRWeb and Food Truck Operator share some highlights from the 2017 NRA show in Chicago.

Is your restaurant the winner of the 'Perfect Pitch?'

We are accepting entries for our third annual competition, The Perfect Pitch — aimed at owners of new fast casual concepts looking to pitch their brands to a room of potential investors and franchisees at the Summit. Nominations close June 2.

Which Wich founder tells Summit attendees: 'If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, BS them until you both believe it'

Jeff Sinelli learned early in life a few lessons that helped him pursue his dreams and not be afraid to get out of his comfort zone. He also learned the importance of being true to his values and a commitment to helping those in need.

BuzzFeed exec schools restaurateurs on mastering customer engagement

Jennifer Klawin, SVP, brand strategy, West Coast for BuzzFeed, shared social media tips with restaurateurs.


Fast Casual Summit: 4 questions restaurant brands must answer

At last month's Fast Casual Executive Summit outside Los Angeles, restaurant marketing consultant Gerry O’Brion said the difference between winners and losers in the food service game is differentiation. Brands that can clearly answer four key questions are primed to lead this highly competitive segment of the economy.

Fast Casual Summit: 5 lessons learned from m-commerce innovators

Why restaurants must "adapt to mobile commerce or die."

Fast Casual Summit: 10 moves to maximize your manpower

A one-hour session on optimizing restaurant labor yielded many more hours worth of proven strategies to maximize the efforts of your workforce. This article focuses on the 10 ideas put forth in the session last month at the Fast Casual Executive Summit in Laguna Beach, California.

Fast Casual Summit helps industry 'brains' exchange experience

Been there. Done that. That old saying, indicating a shared experience — often the challenging ones — aptly describes a series of continuing sessions that took place at this year's Fast Casual Executive Summit in Southern California earlier this month.

Fast Casual Exec Summit attendees learn that success isn't just about food, it's about the people

The Fast Casual Executive Summit 2016 brought together hundreds of c-level executives to learn from one another in Dana Point, California.


Rockfire Grill named winner of 'Perfect Pitch'

There may be no better way to recapture the spirit of ingenuity, excitement and entrepreneurship that has brought so many into food service than to attend an event like the Perfect Pitch on the last day of the Fast Casual Executive Summit earlier this month.

Heard at the Fast Cas Exec Summit: Editors share favorite session quotes

Another Fast Casual Executive Summit is in the books, and as always, it produced a plethora of insight.

CEOs of Captain D's, HuHot, Yalla, Slapfish pull back the curtain on business strategies

Improving sales, engaging customers, recruiting employees, food-safety issues and meeting government-mandated policies are just a few issues restaurant operators face daily. They'e also just a few of the topics that several CEOs will address during the CEO Roundtable at the annual Fast Casual Executive Summit.

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Fast Casual Executive Summit is a unique opportunity for everyone involved. Much more than “just another trade show,” it’s a chance for restaurant executives to get together in a casual work setting and learn from one another. Interactive sessions delve deep into topics that are on the minds of restaurant leaders today, and the Summit’s format allows the collective wisdom “in the room” to be distilled into concrete, actionable ideas that attendees take home with them.


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