2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers

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.

Type: Special Report




Kwikee Mart  Grows with the Loomis SafePoint® Solution

Kwikee Mart Grows with the Loomis SafePoint® Solution

Kwikee Mart is a small chain of convenience stores throughout California’s San Jose and Napa Valley. When Kwikee Mart Owner Satindar Dhillon started planning for store expansion, he knew they would need a more secure way for owners to transport money from the safe to the bank.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Loomis


2013 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers

2013 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers

FastCasual.com's eighth annual review of the restaurant segment's Top 100 movers and shakers takes a look at the brands, people, technology, menu trends and innovations leading the industry.

Type: Special Report




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CEOs of Wing Zone, Focus Brands, Captain D's, Backyard Burgers, Koti Pizza predict industry changes, trends

CEOs of Wing Zone, Focus Brands, Captain D's, Backyard Burgers, Koti Pizza predict industry changes, trends

This year's Fast Casual Executive Summit wrapped up Tuesday night with insights from some of the industry's most successful CEOs.

French fry favoritism alive and well in US fast food race

French fry favoritism alive and well in US fast food race

A 15-brand comparison of customer buzz about QSR french fries leads to one solid winner for category favorite.

In pictures: Global restaurant execs in London: Part 1

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

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.

Series part II: 5 key questions to ask about digital signage software

Series part II: 5 key questions to ask about digital signage software

By Stuart Armstrong/ ComQi Group President When it comes to selecting a digital signage system and software for your food service operation, some features really should not be compromised. The fact is that every restaurant is different and has some...

Holy Guacamole! Are avocados back or not?

Holy Guacamole! Are avocados back or not?

Is the avocado shortage still on? The answer, it seems, depends on who you ask and what news source you rely on.

Getting 'granular' about restaurants' many possible uses for whole grains

Getting 'granular' about restaurants' many possible uses for whole grains

It’s little wonder restaurateurs are seeking new ways to incorporate old grains into their menus, given the trend toward increasingly healthful eating from sustainable sources. In this question-and-answer session with the nonprofit Whole Grains Council, restaurateurs get background on the trend, and tips on where to take it with their menus.

How can a 3D-printed pizza change the world?

How can a 3D-printed pizza change the world?

Yes, 3D printed pizzas are pretty cool, but talk to the people behind this food-printing robot and you will find it could also be a real life-changing addition to the world for people with disabilities, impairments or even lack of cooking skills.

Innovative Upstarts Part 4 - Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes shakes up the burger business with a burger for EVERYbody

Innovative Upstarts Part 4 - Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes shakes up the burger business with a burger for EVERYbody

Whether customers eat meat, poultry or only vegetables, Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes wants them all in its fold of followers.

Hot diggity dog: The weiner is finally getting some respect

Hot diggity dog: The weiner is finally getting some respect

An award-winning chef shows that even the lowliest of foods can make a menu hit when done with creativity and an eye toward the trending taste preferences.

Innovative Upstarts Part 3 — Slim Chickens finds chicken biz is anything BUT slim pickings

Innovative Upstarts Part 3 — Slim Chickens finds chicken biz is anything BUT slim pickings

In the hotly contested chicken sector of food service, one relatively new player is showing competitors how it's done, increasing sales by 50 percent last year over 2014, and prompting its customers to claim that it's nothing short of "life-changing chicken."

Innovative upstarts: In the sandwich category, Which Wich has it 'in the bag' (Part 1)

Innovative upstarts: In the sandwich category, Which Wich has it 'in the bag' (Part 1)

When Jeff Sinelli founded his Which Wich sandwich chain, it was probably destined to have something a little offbeat about it after his success with a relatively unusual concept in his former chain, Genghis Grill. That kind of innovation is where we started our questioning with Sinelli.

Snapchat campaigns capture a lot of dough for Virginia pizza chain

Snapchat campaigns capture a lot of dough for Virginia pizza chain

Ever thought of using that perpetual teenage social media favorite, Snapchat, in your social media marketing? Virginia-based Firenza certainly did, and the results have been very gratifying.

Part 3: Smaller brands, offbeat products win big in trend toward higher-end eating

Part 3: Smaller brands, offbeat products win big in trend toward higher-end eating

Within the food service industry, the growing trend toward upscale ingredients delivered quickly is not only changing the way restaurants do business, but it's also opening up great opportunities for smaller-scale vendors whose premium products address the desire of so many of us for a little sparkle with our Spam.

Part Two: A glimpse of the groundwork involved in creating a new food service sector

Part Two: A glimpse of the groundwork involved in creating a new food service sector

In part two of this series on a new food service sector that some have called "luxury QSR," the first official player in that category talks about the kind of research went into the birth of the brand and where it's headed.

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