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.

Toppers Pizza: 'Delivering' during annual football frenzy

Toppers Pizza: 'Delivering' during annual football frenzy

We're right in the thick of it, as they say, when it comes to heavy-duty pizza delivery season with football in full swing. Toppers director of national marketing and menu innovation shares how he keeps up with demand.

Pizza delivery's changing landscape: Lessons from retail universe

Pizza delivery's changing landscape: Lessons from retail universe

The trend sweeping the industry for increased delivery from all brands is changing the landscape for pizza restaurateurs, who've traditionally "owned" the delivery territory. Fortunately, the wider retail world has been dealing with the same phenomenon for some time and has plenty of lessons to teach pizza operators about this "brave new world."

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.

A 'post mortem': Looking back at 2016's hard-learned lessons

A 'post mortem': Looking back at 2016's hard-learned lessons

Experts weigh in on the eight lessons they learned in 2016 about the fine art of running a restaurant.

Is it time for restaurateurs to really talk turkey?

Is it time for restaurateurs to really talk turkey?

Thanksgiving, when you think about it, is the celebration of eating out with friends. Why then, doesn't the restaurant industry claim it and give restaurateurs and weary cooks everywhere something really to be grateful for?

Yelp-foodjunky.com partnership gives restaurateurs a front seat at the corporate catering table

Yelp-foodjunky.com partnership gives restaurateurs a front seat at the corporate catering table

A new tech partnership pairing Yelp with foodjunky.com could offer a nice inroad to new source of business for restaurants nationwide.

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.

Ask the experts: Is your brand ready for catering?

Ask the experts: Is your brand ready for catering?

Franchisors and their franchisees must understand what they're getting into before deciding if catering should be a part of the business model.

Catering checklist: 4 must-dos before serving customers offsite

Catering checklist: 4 must-dos before serving customers offsite

Before any restaurant brand jumps into catering, there are a many thoughts to consider in order to ensure success.

Catering to success with menu labeling

Catering to success with menu labeling

Menu labeling goes beyond in-store menu boards to include catering programs as well as banquet dishes.

The importance of educating your team about catering

The importance of educating your team about catering

Only through a commitment to education will we have the ability to help others meet a proper standard that can help catering and restaurant leaders adapt to the market changes.

Executive round table: Pizza industry leaders make their 2015 predictions

Executive round table: Pizza industry leaders make their 2015 predictions

Themes for 2015 include customization, freshness and mobile ordering/payments.

Sales, staff needed to execute successful catering program

Sales, staff needed to execute successful catering program

If you want to move the needle, teach everyone in your organization how to sell.

Eliminate complacency to build a thriving enterprise

Eliminate complacency to build a thriving enterprise

People, products, markets, customers and processes are dynamic and must change in order to adapt and grow.

Five steps to creating a successful catering platform

Five steps to creating a successful catering platform

Having a plan is crucial to the success of catering within your organization, and it includes timelines, teams, locations, the menu and marketing.

The importance of online ordering when it comes to catering

The importance of online ordering when it comes to catering

Research has shown that people who place mobile and online orders have an average ticket 30 percent higher than in-store customers.

Reward and loyalty programs for your catering customers

Reward and loyalty programs for your catering customers

Provide your customers with the option to select which program they prefer.

Are you ready to add off-premise catering to your business?

Are you ready to add off-premise catering to your business?

Catering should never be an afterthought; it's a lot of work and it reflects your reputation and brand.

How the entrepreneurial spirit can lead to new heights

How the entrepreneurial spirit can lead to new heights

Every successful brand in the multiunit restaurant community began with an entrepreneur who had vision and passion.

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