• Top 5 reasons restaurant chains won't innovate in 2014

    Top 5 reasons restaurant chains won't innovate in 2014

    I am sure that if I asked the CEOs of the top 100 restaurant chains if they would like to realize innovation within their restaurant chains, most of them would respond with a hearty YES! If I asked …
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  • How state regulations could transform allergen awareness

    How state regulations could transform allergen awareness

    On Jan. 23, Senate Bill (S 409) was introduced in Maryland that mandates all commercial kitchens to have allergy awareness training. If passed, establishments must have one employee on the premise at …
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  • Zagat’s best pizzeria is all about the dough

    Zagat’s best pizzeria is all about the dough

    What does it take to woo Zagat judges? Apparently it's all about the dough. At least, that's according to the executives of Michael's Pizzeria in Long Beach, Calif. In the fall, Michael's was named …
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  • Inspiring product development and innovation as recovery unfolds, part II

    Inspiring product development and innovation as recovery unfolds, part II

    (Editor's note, *Click here to see Part I of this blog topic from the same author). Overall the trends inspiring product development and innovation indicate that consumers and food continue to move …
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  • Looking for PR love -- in all the right places

    Looking for PR love -- in all the right places

    Restaurants are good at fostering love. They provide the site for many a marriage proposal, the spot for the most common Valentine's Day activity, even the favorite place to take mom on Mother's Day. …
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  • Use mobile to get customers to fall in love (with your brand)

    Use mobile to get customers to fall in love (with your brand)

    What should your top goal as a brand be in 2014? Trust me, it should be to get your customers to love your brand. Zero ROI marketing? For those of us with our dating years behind us, Valentine's Day …
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  • Minimum Wage: Are you ready for employee questions?

    Minimum Wage: Are you ready for employee questions?

    President Barack Obama asked businesses to "give Americans a raise." Now it falls on the employers to answer questions from your staff regarding the subject. Here are a few questions your employees …
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  • How mobile apps help restaurants drive profits

    How mobile apps help restaurants drive profits

    For restaurants, mobile is changing the customer service model by enabling more discrete time optimization. Marketers need to evaluate how to adapt their business to the rapid mobile wave coming …
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  • Surging wages and digital ordering

    Surging wages and digital ordering

    My last byline asked readers to consider the idea of "surge pricing" — charging higher prices based upon real-time high demand — as applied to the restaurant industry. Using the popular …
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  • 5 things your restaurant’s mobile app must include [infographic]

    5 things your restaurant’s mobile app must include [infographic]

    Mobile innovations continue to grow at a staggering pace and to win the game, your brand's mobile app is going to need more than just a menu, nutritional information and restaurant locations. If you'…
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  • Waste not, want not, profit more

    Waste not, want not, profit more

    It's a simple fact of human behavior: People don't want you to see their mistakes. This is especially true in the foodservice business where mistakes become waste and lost profits. In our business, …
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  • Digital ordering’s next wave: Surge pricing

    Digital ordering’s next wave: Surge pricing

    A flight to Denver during ski season is bound to be more expensive than the same flight in July, just as a bottle of Champagne is pricier in late December, and a Scottsdale resort is most expensive …
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  • Inspiring product development and innovation as recovery unfolds, part I

    Inspiring product development and innovation as recovery unfolds, part I

    Overall the trends inspiring product development and innovation indicate that consumers and food continue to move toward experimentation. There is strong evidence that consumers are moving out of the …
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  • Is the Domino’s remodel mandate a response to fast casual? Kind of.

    Is the Domino’s remodel mandate a response to fast casual? Kind of.

    Domino's CEO Patrick Doyle has never broken a sweat over the abrupt rise of the fast casual pizza category — a category that has produced rapidly growing concepts seemingly overnight. During …
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  • Schlotzsky’s Kelly Roddy on building restaurant brands

    Schlotzsky’s Kelly Roddy on building restaurant brands

    In episode #025 of the Social Restaurant Podcast, I talk with Kelly Roddy, CEO of Schlotzsky's Deli, an international franchise of more than 3,500 locations owned and operated by FOCUS Brands, Inc. …
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  • What are benefits to restaurant job seekers?

    What are benefits to restaurant job seekers?

    When it comes to looking for a restaurant position, what's actually important? Is it the location, or schedule? Maybe it comes down to the brand reputation the restaurant has. Or maybe all that …
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  • Why I hate foodservice gloves and you should, too

    Why I hate foodservice gloves and you should, too

    I worked in kitchens and managed kitchens throughout the 1970s and '80s. There was a generally good awareness of food safety, cross contamination and basic responsibility to the dining public. In …
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  • The importance of food safety training

    The importance of food safety training

    We've all read the headlines about restaurant patrons having an allergic reaction after being served food items contaminated with the cause of the reaction. While in a majority of cases these …
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  • How to grow restaurant-catering sales from a franchisee’s perspective

    How to grow restaurant-catering sales from a franchisee’s perspective

    It's no secret that the franchise model for growing restaurant companies continues to be a key driver in the restaurant industry. The restaurant industry is no different than other industries such as …
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  • The CMO's paradox

    The CMO's paradox

    Chief marketing officers have always been under a lot of pressure — but add year-over-year budget squeezes and watch that pressure triple. For restaurant CMOs, whose brands face increasingly …
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Menu Labeling, Food Allergies and Gluten Free
Menu labeling final regulations on hold: What's the beef?
Customer Experience on the Move
Modular construction and ROI
The Digital Diner: Tactics, Tools & Trends that Restaurant Marketers Can Use
Podcast: Facebook's organic reach limits
Talent, Technology and Trends
Success is a team effort
Loyalty Marketing For the Masses
8 ways to keep your VIPs happy
Restaurant News, Insights & Trends
Pizza representin' on Fast Casual Top 100
Brand Strategy: Delivering On A Promise
The future of the restaurant industry is bright
PCI Compliance & Network Security
Don't let hackers scare off your customers
Shift vs. Hourly & Meal Credits. The more you know, the more you can add to your bottom line.
Lawyers see another way to get a restaurant reservation
Industry Trends & Insights
Listen, learn and leverage
Next Generation Supply Chain Management
The path toward world domination (Part 1)
Selling Digital VS Traditional Menu Boards
Where are the traditional menu board companies?
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