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As restaurant operators look to make sure that beverages continue to be a strong and growing element of their businesses, there are plenty of drink suppliers, product developers, and manufacturers looking at ways to help them boost their sales.
Hundreds of them are showing their wares during the four-day National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show that continues its run in Chicago. A two-day sister confab, the International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event, also kicked off Sunday.
Welcome to the 2013 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers and Shakers, sponsored by Henny Penny!
Choosing the top brands and trends for the annual Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers is never an easy task, and this year--the 8th edition--was no exception. This past year of growth included not only opening new stores, but also enhancing menus with healthy and innovative recipes and launching a variety of technologies that includes mobile payments.
Our rankings aren't limited to just the top brands. Included in this edition are:
Heinz Foodservice introduces its Heinze DispenSaver Condiment, a new bottle-filling system designed for high-volume, back-of-house applications that offers up to 99 percent yield.
In addition to its increased efficiency, the DispenSaver system simplifies the process of filling condiment bottles and minimizes waste. The system dispenses up to 99 percent of dispenser pack contents, yielding up to an extra bottle out of every gallon versus an average gallon jug, which is enough for 12 extra sandwiches.
Electro Freeze, a division of H.C. Duke and Son, introduces to the U.S. frozen dessert industry Genni, the first soft-serve frozen dessert quality management smartphone app.
Genni mobilizes the company’s newly released Virtual Quality Management System (VQM) in the Genesis Series Soft Serve Freezer line.
Best Sanitizers announces its new trio of BrandStand dispenser stands. This new product combines a marketing and promotional component with a portable hand-sanitizing system.
The portability of BrandStand allows prime placement in high-traffic areas. The new adjustable stand provides hand sanitation and a point of contact for businesses to communicate with customers.
Designed for use in a multitude of industries, BrandStand can be used for promoting in-store specials, corporate messages, cross promotions, revenue-generating sponsorships, and more.
Espro announced it will collaborate with illy caffè, Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea, and its restaurant supply distributor Chicagoland Beverage to demonstrate the Espro Press tabletop coffee service for restaurants.
The Espro Press is the first major technology update to the French Press in more than 40 years. Illy and Intelligentsia has supported the development of a service-ready process to elevate fine coffees at the restaurant tabletop.
In an age when culture means so many things that it often means nothing at all, brands are going back to their roots to build a strong organization from the inside out.
Fazoli’s is rolling out a new fast-casual concept focusing on modern Italian fare, CEO Carl Howard announced at the 2013 National Restaurant Association (NRA) Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show.
While Fazoli’s serves up tradition Italian dishes like pastas, pizzas, and submarinos, the new modern Italian concept will resemble Chipotle in its service and menu models. The point of differentiation, Howard says, is that this new concept will focus on three primary menu platforms instead of one.
Gluten-free items seem to be everywhere at this year's National Restaurant Association (NRA) Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, which kicked off its four-day run today in Chicago.
Pasta? Yes. Bread? Absolutely. Snacks? You betcha.
As a growing number of restaurant guests have made it clear that they want—even demand—menu items and ingredients that are free of gluten, operators have increasingly created or acquired these types of products.