Fast-growing fast-casual chains identified in industry trade magazine Future 50

Restaurant Business Online identified several up-and-coming chains in its Future 50. The data is based on 2017 information and estimates gathered by Technomic, Inc. The top five chains in the Future 50 comprise CoreLife Eatery, The Halal Guys, Wahlburgers, Maple Street Biscuit Co., and Honeygrow. Rounding out the top 10 are Bibibop Asian Grill, Babalu Tapas, Cava, Ahipoki Bowl, and Duck Donuts.

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Starbucks CFO to retire amid major developments at coffeehouse giant

Starbucks will see its chief financial officer, Scott Maw, retire November 30. Maw started with the company as global controller in 2011 and later was promoted to senior vice president of corporate finance. Maw has a background in insurance and financial services, and is a graduate of Gonzaga University.

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Teriyaki Madness adds mobile app to enhance guest experience

Fast-casual chain Teriyaki Madness has added a mobile app. Customers can order for in-restaurant pickup and will also be able to order for delivery in the markets in applicable markets.The Teriyaki Madness app integration for mobile ordering was created by Olo, a leading provider of seamless ordering at restaurants, which connected the app to the chain’s POS provider, Revel. Its rewards and special community features and enticements were designed by Punchh

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Broad Street Licensing Group named a Top 20 Global Licensing Agent

The Broad Street Licensing Group (BSLG) has been named one of the “Top 20 Global Licensing Agents” by License! Global Magazine. Ranking number 12 on the prestigious list, BSLG was instrumental in the transition of the Tony Roma’s retail product from CBQ, LLC to Ruprecht Company, a time-honored and renowned meat processor and food manufacturer in Chicago—a transition that begin in May, 2017.

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Popeyes adds Uber Eats restaurant delivery to five cities

Under a partnership with Uber Eats, Popeyes will add delivery to its restaurants in the cities of Chicago, Miami, New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. Using the Uber Eats mobile app and UberEats.com, guests can order menu items to be delivered to their homes or offices.

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Technology finds a sweet spot in D.C. restaurants: RAMW Pre-RAMMYS 2018 Roundtable

At a restaurant roundtable at Church Hall in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., featuring 2018 RAMMY Awards “Restaurateur of the Year” Finalists, a panel of local restaurateurs shared their views on a variety of topics and lessons. At this pre-RAMMY Awards event, sponsored by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW)….No Wait App…Hank’s App…MarginEdge in Northern Virginia.

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Ways restaurateurs can select the right foodservice distributor: Op-Editorial

Restaurant owners find themselves in a better bargaining position, but some of the biggest considerations in selecting the right distributor partnership have become more complex. Competitive pricing, reliability, distributor perks, convenience and industry know-how are reflective of some of the most important considerations…Independent restaurants will outpace chain sales growth by nearly double (independents to grow +4 to +5 percent vs. chains’ +2 to +3 percent growth).

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Opportunities abound for fast casuals, despite slowing growth: Report

According to its 2018 Top 250 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurant Report, total sales growth for the top restaurant chains in the segment was just 9 percent in 2017. In 2015, Technomic reported fast casual chain restaurants were growing sales at a 11.5-percent clip. Also unit growth rate in 2015 was 9.8 percent, but in 2017, growth was just 6.1 percent…As U.S. saturation nears, chains have opportunities in underdeveloped markets, including Australia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Spain.

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