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Smashburger Taking Better-Burger Phenomenon Overseas

With the better-burger category taking off in the U.S., and with its place solidified as one of the top players in the category, Smashburger announced its first deals for international units.

Development agreements were signed that will take the Denver-based chain to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Kuwait. 

Dave Prokupek, chairman and CEO of Smashburger, says the company has been looking into international expansion for the last year, and that the time is ripe to take the successful burger company overseas.

Smashburger Lands On Elite List

Smashburger announced it is ranked No. 99 on the 30th annual Inc. 500, thanks to its three-year sales growth of 2,673 percent. The Inc. 500 is an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs.

Smashburger Gives Back With 5K in Charlotte

Smashburger, the fast-casual concept rapidly becoming a top player in the Charlotte, North Carolina, "better burger" industry, is giving back to the community by supporting Camp CARE, a local organization that provides a summer camp and monthly events for children with cancer and their families. 

Smashburger Finds Five New Franchisees

Smashburger,the nation’s fastest growing “better burger” concept, announced it has added five new franchise partners to its rapidly growing family of franchisees, totaling a combined commitment for 63 new franchise units across the country.

These most recent franchise agreements bring Smashburger’s total franchise pipeline to 463 locations, which are expected to open over the course of the next several years. These new commitments will also allow Smashburger to make its debut in four new markets, further expanding its growing national footprint.

Local Hits Featured at Smashburger

 

Smashburger is serving localized burgers inspired by regional favorite flavors. These custom-designed burgers highlight the signature ingredients and taste combinations of each city, giving customers a burger built for their local palate.

Guests can enjoy localized smashburgers at restaurants in 19 states across the country and each specialized burger reflects the market's food identity and passion, ranging from fried pickles with ranch dressing in Tulsa to the guacamole and Habanero cheese-topped Arizona smashburger.

The Fall of Pizza

What’s happened to pizza’s major players?

In 2000, the QSR 50 Report, this magazine’s annual ranking of the nation’s top quick-service brands, showed a robust American appetite for pizza, a category trailing only burger joints in representation. With pizza chains claiming four of the list’s top 15 slots and 12 of the top 50, the segment seemed poised to maintain its spot as a 21st century quick-service staple.

Trickle-Down Theory

There was a time when the only place you could find Black Angus beef on a menu was at some of the nation’s finest steakhouses. But these days, Angus burgers are served at McDonald’s, Back Yard Burgers, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, and Smashburger and are just one of many fine-dining menu items, ingredients, and techniques that were adopted by quick-service and fast-casual restaurants over the last decade.

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