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Pizza Gets Tough

NRA launches Pizzeria Industry Council to give pizzeria operators a boost.

When the menu-labeling mandate, which requires calorie counts be posted on menuboards at chains with more than 20 units, passed with health-care reform in 2010, it was praised as a big step toward educating consumers on nutrition. The pizza industry, however, is still fighting back against what it sees as an unfair mandate that will be overly burdensome for pizzeria operators who have highly customizable menu options.

The Fast-Casual Six

With hundreds of great concepts and thousands of great operators, the fast-casual segment certainly holds its own in terms of both innovation and leadership. The last 10 years can arguably be called “the decade of fast casual” due to the growth and flourishing of the segment.

The May issue of QSR had a great article on the most innovative people in quick service, but this column will focus on the most influential leaders in fast casual.