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Before the rise of the third-party app, delivery used to be synonymous with pizza. But now that the home-delivery market...
07/05/2019
2019 Top 200: Pizza chains adapt to the delivery age

Before the rise of the third-party app, delivery used to be synonymous with pizza. But now that the home-delivery market has ballooned to $795 billion and customers can order (practically) any food they can dream of, the top pizza brands need to transition to stay competitive.

Domino's, smaller brands stand apart as segment growth stagnates

It seems like hardly a day goes by without news of another restaurant chain adding a plant-based protein to its menu, an...
07/03/2019
Plant-based protein: A fad, or here to stay?

It seems like hardly a day goes by without news of another restaurant chain adding a plant-based protein to its menu, and the public seems to be eating it up. But, restaurant investors and trend experts aren’t sure how long the craze will last.

Experts wonder whether the hype will translate into long-term sales

To satisfy diners’ sweet tooths, some chefs are taking desserts to the next-level by combining global desserts or ingred...
07/03/2019
Brownies get the global treatment

To satisfy diners’ sweet tooths, some chefs are taking desserts to the next-level by combining global desserts or ingredients with one of America’s most beloved treats — the brownie. http://ow.ly/O5T250uR8vo

Mole, burning sage and more spice up a new generation of sweets

The Family-Dining segment had combined reported or estimated Latest-Year U.S. sales of $16.2 billion, up from $15.9 bill...
07/03/2019
2019 Top 200: Smaller chains reinvigorate Family Dining

The Family-Dining segment had combined reported or estimated Latest-Year U.S. sales of $16.2 billion, up from $15.9 billion in the Preceding Year, driven by industry staples IHOP, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Denny’s.

First Watch leads list of brands outshining staid rivals

&pizza has become equally recognized for being at the forefront of industry labor reform and taking risks with new techn...
07/02/2019
Texts, tattoos and food trucks: &Pizza’s unconventional approach to growth

&pizza has become equally recognized for being at the forefront of industry labor reform and taking risks with new technology as it has for its oblong pizzas with creative toppings. Get a closer look at this growing brand, one of NRN's 2019 Hot Concepts.

The pizza chain looks to double locations by 2020 without losing its edge

The Kroger Co. is sweetening its appeal to foodies with the rollout of a new private-brand merchandising concept and a n...
07/02/2019
Kroger enhances the food experience

The Kroger Co. is sweetening its appeal to foodies with the rollout of a new private-brand merchandising concept and a new urban supermarket with in-store dining.

Treasure EmporiYUM to expand; eateries set for new Cincy store

See the Top 200 ranked by U.S. unit growth rates.
07/02/2019
2019 Top 200: U.S. Unit Growth Rates

See the Top 200 ranked by U.S. unit growth rates.

This is part of the Nation’s Restaurant News annual Top 200 report, a proprietary ranking of the foodservice industry’s largest restaurant chains.

GrubhubCEO Matt Maloney issued an email to employees Tuesday morning defending the brand and calling accusations of cybe...
07/02/2019
Grubhub CEO calls copycat website allegations ‘reckless’

GrubhubCEO Matt Maloney issued an email to employees Tuesday morning defending the brand and calling accusations of cyber-squatting “false” and “reckless” reporting.

Matt Maloney defends company in internal memo obtained by NRN

What does it mean to be a bakery-cafe? Judging by the eight chains in the Top 200 Bakery-Cafe segment, a whole lot of th...
07/02/2019
2019 Top 200: Redefining the Bakery-Cafe brand

What does it mean to be a bakery-cafe? Judging by the eight chains in the Top 200 Bakery-Cafe segment, a whole lot of things.

Broader menus, new store formats help segment evolve amid slowing growth

The investment group behind Hooters of America LLC has sold the casual-dining wings brand.
07/02/2019
Nord Bay, TriArtisan acquire Hooters

The investment group behind Hooters of America LLC has sold the casual-dining wings brand.

Selling investors retain stake in breastaurant brand

From simple to elevated, get creative with these every day recipes turned sensational using bold flavor.
07/02/2019
Five ordinary recipes turned extraordinary with flavor

From simple to elevated, get creative with these every day recipes turned sensational using bold flavor.

From simple to elevated-get creative with these every day recipes turned sensational using bold flavor.

See the Top 200 ranked by U.S. units.
07/01/2019
2019 Top 200: U.S. Units

See the Top 200 ranked by U.S. units.

This is part of the Nation’s Restaurant News annual Top 200 report, a proprietary ranking of the foodservice industry’s largest restaurant chains.

A number of restaurant companies named at least 23 people to top roles in June. Meet the newest leaders.
07/01/2019
On the move: June 2019 restaurant exec changes

A number of restaurant companies named at least 23 people to top roles in June. Meet the newest leaders.

A number of restaurant companies named at least 23 people to top roles in June.

Pizza is a favorite dining choice of many consumers, so operators are finding ways to add innovative versions of the uni...
07/01/2019
Delicious pizza starts with exceptional crust

Pizza is a favorite dining choice of many consumers, so operators are finding ways to add innovative versions of the universally popular food item to their menus.

Operators are satisfying demand for innovative pizzas by menuing tasty pizzas on everything from a traditional round pizza crust to unique flatbread.

The New York City Council hosted an oversight hearing Thursday to understand the impact of food delivery apps on the res...
06/28/2019
In NYC delivery hearing, Grubhub execs get grilled

The New York City Council hosted an oversight hearing Thursday to understand the impact of food delivery apps on the restaurant industry.

‘They came into my place of business like a Trojan horse,’ panel chair quotes operator

The Top 200 brands with the largest Estimated Sales Per Unit are primarily made up of big-footprint brands that offer ei...
06/28/2019
2019 Top 200: Driving unit volumes with brand 'magic'

The Top 200 brands with the largest Estimated Sales Per Unit are primarily made up of big-footprint brands that offer either luxury experiences or high-impact atmospheres with gaming, entertainment and bold decor.

But there’s one that stands out from that pack: Portillo’s.

Powerhouse brands boost sales with cult followings, heightened experiences

Operators should always be privy to ways of cutting labor costs, and one of the first places they should look is how the...
06/28/2019
3 tips to dominate restaurant online ordering sales

Operators should always be privy to ways of cutting labor costs, and one of the first places they should look is how they can improve their digital ordering.

Whether you’re a single location or a franchise with units spanning coast to coast, the growing cost of running a restaurant are not for the faint of heart.

The 13 chicken chains tracked in the Top 200 once again enjoyed strong growth in the Latest Year, with total segment sal...
06/27/2019
2019 Top 200: Chicken leads segment sales growth

The 13 chicken chains tracked in the Top 200 once again enjoyed strong growth in the Latest Year, with total segment sales up by 8.9% to nearly $26.5 billion.

Meeting customers where they are helps Chick-fil-A, Wingstop soar

The rising store-level output that contributed to growth in aggregate U.S. sales among NRN’s Top 200 chains was tempered...
06/27/2019
2019 Top 200: Unit growth slows among Top 200 chains

The rising store-level output that contributed to growth in aggregate U.S. sales among NRN’s Top 200 chains was tempered by significantly slowing unit gains.

Real estate market, rise of delivery reshape development strategies

Chris Turner replaces Yum president David Gibbs, who was promoted in January to the role of chief operating officer.
06/26/2019
Yum Brands taps PepsiCo executive as new CFO

Chris Turner replaces Yum president David Gibbs, who was promoted in January to the role of chief operating officer.

Chris Turner succeeds David Gibbs, who was promoted in January

Over the years, Chipotle Mexican Grill has offered several perks to recruit and retain hourly employees in an ever-incre...
06/26/2019
Will extra cash solve ‘ghosting’ worker problem?

Over the years, Chipotle Mexican Grill has offered several perks to recruit and retain hourly employees in an ever-increasing tight labor market.

5 takeaways from Chipotle’s game-changing employee bonus program

Although corporate support of the LGBTQ community might have been a risky marketing strategy a decade ago, now major bra...
06/26/2019
When socially conservative brands meet LGBTQ Pride Month

Although corporate support of the LGBTQ community might have been a risky marketing strategy a decade ago, now major brands that do not acknowledge Pride Month in June look more conspicuous than those that do. Read about the conundrum for some brands. http://ow.ly/iTF950uNBGS

Extremism raises quandry for chains like Cracker Barrel, Chick-fil-A, Waffle House

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