Cowboy Chicken, Elevation Burger execs: Pay supply chain due respect or pay consequences

In a world, where customers are demanding that restaurants use ethically produced, sustainable and healthful ingredients, supply chain management has grown in its importance. Here, two successful brands discuss how they learned to pay adequate respect to this side of their operations.

Fast insights on crisis management, leadership development and restaurant/retail partnerships

Attendees at the Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit in Dallas got down to business with fast insights in three key business management areas.

Commodities: Much joy in 'pizza-ville' as stock values soar

Values of the brands monitored by Pizza Marketplace soared in last week's trading. And although that news was tempered somewhat by slightly higher commodity costs overall, after a series of weeks of falling stock values, most pizza restaurateurs are likely not complaining about their balance sheets.

McDonald's massive move to mobile ordering: A big change that warrants big groundwork

McDonald’s and its recently unveiled plans to implement mobile ordering and curbside pickup is proof that even the mightiest brands now know mobile ordering is the order of the future. But, chains must lay the groundwork for this major transition by preparing a foundation that helps them clear the potential hurdles and move on to future success.

A little online burger buzz teaches a lot about menu prices

Polls and restaurant traffic data this year have made it relatively clear that limited-service restaurant customers today are increasingly concerned about the price they pay when eating out. Even as the fundamentals of the American economy remain strong, consumers continue to grow weary about spending money on fast food.

Stay solid: Join the movement to add 'e' to Pi Day

Enough of this obscure 3.14 math stuff. Join restaurateurs everywhere to make this day about the real "pie" — the one dripping with cheese on a steamy crust.

The plant-based burger that 'bleeds' like rare beef

It bleeds on the plate like a rare-cooked beef burger, tastes like a patty of ground beef but is produced with a mere sliver of the resources used to produce cow-based meat. It's the Impossible burger and it makes its chain debut today.

The gluten-free opportunity: New rewards await

Skyrocketing demand for gluten-free choices on restaurant menus is spawning creative solutions from restaurateurs, food service vendors and health watchdog groups to provide diners with choices that are both healthful and great tasting.

'If in doubt, leave it out': The lessons in Cinnabon's Carrie Fisher tweet

Cinnabon's poorly received social media post about Carrie Fisher, upon her death this week, has restaurant leaders talking about how best to prevent such well-intended but still brand-burning missteps online.

Commodities: Little joy to the world in pizza commodity prices

Papa John's was the only pizza chain that reported a markedly profitable week, while the other three brands monitored here remaining essentially flat or falling slightly over the course of the trading week.

Blast & Brew taps into allure of personal choice

The new Blast & Brew pizza and beer franchise gives customers creative choice regarding what's on their plates and how they most prefer to wash it down. Here, CEO John Ferdinandi talks about the concept and the path forward.

KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell leading Chinese health initiatives

The Chinese government wants to help its people live longer, healthier lives and has enlisted the support of the nation’s leading fast-food operator, Yum China, to lead the charge.

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?

Will the menu trends of 2017 turn to the dark side?

Charcoal, heavy fats and lots of bubbles may not sound like they belong on 2017's list of menu trends, but the Canadian food-centric marketing consultancy, THP, said its research shows otherwise.

Top seven steps to supply chain heaven outlined at summit

Figuring out supply chain problems has a new urgency and importance today that might not have existed just three years ago. Here from the Fast Casual Summit last month, seven key steps to supply chain heaven.

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.

Restaurants offer not-so-spooky Halloween specials

Restaurants of all kinds are offering Halloween specials for young guests.

Understanding site selection variables for restaurant tenants

When you're looking for the right property for a pizzeria or QSR, having a checklist of desirable criteria can help you stay on track.

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.

How do millennials love thee? Let 'em count the ways

Millennials are a prime focal group for targeted marketing, a relatively untapped approach that marketers are slowly lining up to use for this age demographic. The reasoning for that is as close as the nearest statistical report for this group, which actually surpassed the number of the Baby Boomers last year.

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