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.

Future franchisees are watching: What do they see in you?

Three restaurant industry leaders talk about branding strategy when it comes to the essential task of drawing franchisees in for business.

Rapid Fired Pizza adds 175 restaurants, 4 states, 2 franchising veterans

Rapid Fired Pizza is living up to its name today, announcing that it has signed two area development agreements with a pair of restaurant industry veterans who will open 175 restaurants in four new states, according to a pair of news releases.

Industry execs 'Spread the Love' at Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit

Restaurant executives from all over the world gathered in March at the Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit in Dallas to not only learn from one another about growing their businesses, but also make more than 10,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Want to grow your brand? Know the 3 Cs

China, chicken and coffee are three factors driving growth and profit in the current foodservice industry, according to Euromonitor International colleague and Consumer Foodservice Analyst Stephen Dutton.

Summit summations: Dallas event delivers Texas-sized dividends

Katie Fuhrman of MomentFeed; Kimberly Brastad of Dairy Queen; Keith Hill of I Love Bacon; Jamal Bara of Waterfall; Demetra McLain of DW's Subs and Jacquelyn Cirko of Groupon, give an inside look to their Summit experiences.

Commodities: Cheese prices up, wheat drops

There was good and bad news on the pizza-maker's trading tally sheet this week, as most stocks saw a bump in value. Prices for essential commodities, however, got a shot of adrenaline.

3 execs describe how to take on the world without losing your brand

Taking a brand to another country is one of the most complex challenges a brand's leadership can undertake. At the Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit in Dallas last month, three divergent brands shared some of the lessons they've learned on the road.

Employee bullying claims can bury your business

It can happen under the surface of face-to-face employee interactions, but it's still brutal and even can end up in a lost life, particularly in the stressful fast food environment. It's bullying. It's increasing. And it can bury your business. So, what has your company done to protect employees and the brand itself?

10 reasons to attend the 2017 ICX Summit

If you are responsible for improving customer engagement for your organization, here are 10 reasons you should make your way to Texas for the ICX Summit.

Mobile Vending University helps prepare food truck owners

Mobile Vending University provides a certified course in operating a food truck in Pasco, Washington. The attendees are taught by subject matter experts in all aspects of operating a food truck.

Wendy's twitter-mania: Is brand 'character assassination' a dead end?

There has long been a credo in advertising that great brands don't denigrate, they differentiate since some argue that when chains start taking shots at each other it never gets less demeaning in tone, only more so and ultimately damages the entire business sector. Is that where Wendy's recent twitter strategies are leading us? .

Required restaurant allergen training: Wave of the future?

Many jurisdictions nationally may not yet have regulations mandating how restaurants can best keep customers free from allergens and other food safety threats. But restaurateurs should open their eyes to the fact that this type of on-staff expertise is fast becoming a business necessity.

Commodities: Pizza stocks take a tumble

The week before Easter found pizza operators with little to celebrate as stock values for the four brands monitored by this site continued their downward trend and there was little in the way of relief from the prices being paid for commodities.

Restaurants dish out savings to soothe the stressed tax filer

Restaurants are doing their part to calm the masses with money-saving deals on Tuesday, the nation's day of shared tax-paying pain.

Capturing today's diners? A lot of it is still about 'the money'

Even with the surprises that the AlixPartners diners' preferences poll has shown this week, in many ways it still all comes down to the fact that customers want it all and they want it as cheap as they can get it.

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.

Free webinar: Is your franchise marketing strategy hurting or harming your brand?

How is your brand coming across with potential and existing franchisees? If you aren't sure or don't have a well-crafted strategy based on proven best practices, join us for this free webinar, "Harnessing the power of a centralized franchise marketing strategy."

3 ways technology can lower food costs

With timely insights, restaurants can optimize processes, make better decisions, and save time and money

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