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Chipotle Rated Most Allergy-Friendly Large Chain

AllergyEats, the leading guide to allergy-friendly restaurants in the U.S., has just released its 2015 list of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains nationwide. The chains on this prestigious list hold the highest ratings on AllergyEats’ website and smartphone app, per feedback from the food allergy community. AllergyEats restaurant ratings are based solely on how well restaurants have accommodated food-allergic diners and not on other factors, such as ambiance, service, or food quality.

New Study Finds Most Popular Chains in Four Categories

A new nationwide study by Market Force Information reveals consumers’ favorite quick-service restaurant chains in four popular food categories: pizza, Mexican fare, chicken, and sandwiches. Papa Murphy’s topped the pizza category for the second consecutive year, Chipotle and Qdoba tied in the Mexican category, Chick-fil-A led for chicken, and Jason’s Deli ranked first for sandwiches. 

Chipotle Hosts 5th Annual Cultivate Festival

Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced the preliminary lineup for its 2015 Cultivate food, music, and ideas festivals, with events planned in two new cities – Phoenix and Kansas City – and returning to Minneapolis for a second time. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Cultivate Festival, which encourages attendees to think and talk about food and food issues in a fun and engaging environment.

Lessons from the Carnitas Crisis

Chipotle’s pork pull highlights challenge of humane sourcing.

Hundreds of Chipotle restaurants aren’t selling carnitas for the third straight week after the fast-casual chain suspended one of its pork suppliers for violating animal welfare standards. While opting to uphold the company’s standards could prove beneficial for consumer loyalty, the shortage demonstrates the challenges for a large chain to source humanely raised meat, supply chain experts say.

Chipotle Continues Author Series with 10 New Writers

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced the second installment of its Cultivating Thought author series with 10 new and original essays written by influential writers, authors, and thought leaders to be featured on its cups and bags. The series began in May 2014, in partnership with New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Eating Animals, Everything is Illuminated), who curated the series from the beginning.

Chipotle Gives Customers Reason to Try Sofritas

Chipotle Mexican Grill is giving its customers a special opportunity to try its new vegan menu item, Sofritas, this month. On January 26, customers who purchase a Sofritas entrée item at any Chipotle restaurant in the U.S. or Canada can redeem their receipt for a free entrée of their choice any day between January 27 and February 28.

No Hangover in Sight

When news that more quick-serve and fast-casual restaurants were experimenting with alcohol beverage service emerged in the last decade, many operators and experts followed it with a skepticism chaser. Analysts warned that costly liquor licensing, regulatory details, and staffing issues were just a few hurdles that could offset any potential sales of a few stiff drinks.

2014’s Top 9 Stories

The stories that made this year one of the most eventful in industry history.
Quick service brands make impact on restaurant industry with big news events.
Taco Bell made a splash in 2014 with its breakfast menu, which included the Waffle Taco. Taco Bell

It’s fair to say that 2014 has been as eventful a year for quick-service restaurants as the industry has seen in quite a while. Changing demographics and sharper competition have sparked a variety of innovations, but also exposed some weaknesses. And the unrelenting march of technology is changing the restaurant business landscape, particularly when it comes to mobile phones.

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