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Fast-Casual Continues to Outpace Other Restaurants

Panera Bread drive-thru
A Panera Bread drive-thru. Photo by Blue MauMau

CHICAGO –A food researcher says that the fast-casual segment continues to steal share from full-service chains and drive limited-service growth, making up 15 percent of the $231 billion limited-service restaurant segment.

Fast Casual Is Turbocharged, but Concepts Still Fail

Panera Bread, photo by Blue MauMau

CHICAGO – Fast-casual restaurants continue to lead growth within the restaurant industry. With an 11 percent increase in 2013 sales and nearly 8 percent increase in units, fast-casual concepts include many of the fastest growing restaurant chains in Technomic's own 2014 list of top 500 restaurant chains.

Sales Shrink for Burger Chains

Culver's in the Midwest bucks slumping trend in a big way by growing chain sales 8% in 2013. Photo/bmm

CHICAGO – Restaurant researcher Technomic reports today that burger chains recorded nominal sales growth of only 1.2 percent, while limited-service burger segment sales actually contracted in 2013.

Cosi Appoints Franchisee Dourney as CEO to Save It

Employees making sandwiches at Cosi
Employees stuff sandwiches at a New York Cosi. Photo/ps

DEERFIELD, IL. – Amidst falling same store sales and losses, Così Inc. (NASDAQ: COSI) announced Tuesday it has appointed its largest franchisee, R.J. Dourney, as its president, chief executive officer and a member of the company's board of directors.

Fast Casual Only Restaurant Sector to Grow Traffic

McAlister's Deli fast casual
Fast casual McAlister Deli. Photo/bmm

CHICAGO — Fast casual restaurants continue to be a bright spot for the foodservice industry, which has yet to fully recover from the Great Recession.

CEO Nigel Travis: Competition Makes Dunkin' Better

Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis tells TheStreet's Laurie Kulikowski that competition from Starbucks, McDonald's and Burger King makes his brand stronger.

After Another Record-Breaking Year, Corner Bakery Café Looks To Further Growth In 2014


Fast-casual neighborhood bakery cafe chain signs development agreements in 2013 for more than 120 new cafes beating previous annual record

Smashburger Appoints New CEO, Prokupek Leaves

photo by bmm

DENVER—Startup fastcasual chain Smashburger today announced that Scott Crane, who as the company's president has led operations for the past six years, has been appointed to the position of chief executive officer.

Fast Food Menu Changes for Fall

KFC's Go Cup
KFC's new Go Cup

LEXINGTON, Ky. — It's Fall and that means that Chief Marketing Officers have lined up new products in the hopes of raising consumer excitement, growing store traffic and generating royalties.

McAlister’s Deli Delivers 12th Quarter of Sales Growth


ALPHARETTA, Ga.—McAlister's Deli, a chain of fast casual restaurants, announced an increase of 6.4 percent in same store sales during the second quarter of 2013.