Health & Wellness
If their success as a menu item at health-focused restaurants is any indication, ancient grains are here to stay. Although, to be fair, many of these foods have been cultivated for thousands of years, so they’ve been “here” for a while. In fact, market research suggests that ancient-grain usage in...
Industry News
Around two years ago, Krystal had an in-house conversation about its core values. Since the brand was founded in 1932, long before many of today's 6,000-plus employees were born, the company felt it was time for a refresh. Even if it wasn’t a complete realignment, Krystal wanted to reinforce the...
Outside Insights
The second half of 2016 was filled with change, from the election of Donald Trump to the injunction of the widely debated new overtime regulations, permeating the small business environment with uncertainty. Anticipating major regulatory and economic changes, many small business owners spent the...
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Industry News
Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons, agreed to acquire Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen for $1.8 billion.With the purchase, Restaurant Brands International (RBI) will have more than 23,000 restaurants worldwide, and the acquisition presents a significant...
Industry News
Like Madonna, Cher, Beyoncé, and countless others before them, the Good Food Guys realized that, sometimes, one name is simply all you need.  Following the example of sister brand Mixt, who shed Greens from its title back in 2016, the group’s Split Bread concept underwent a literal split in its...
Fast Casual
The fast-casual restaurant industry has redefined restaurants as we know them, forcing traditional quick-service operators to enhance their experience and full-service restaurants to pay more attention to speed and convenience. But 20 years after it carved a niche between quick service and casual...
Menu Innovations
“Sweet tea is the quintessential Southern beverage, and it just fits who we are. It’s evolved into this renowned beverage that we’re known for. The inspiration was that everyone drinks sweet tea in the South, and it made a lot of sense for us. It fits our concept perfectly. “We prefer to serve our...
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Growth
There’s a lot of excitement in the limited-service restaurant industry today. Young brands are springing up across the country, offering creative food in vibrant atmospheres with the convenience and price of the quick-serve and fast-casual brands that came before them. But as these young brands...

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For many chains—big and small—growth can be a double-edged sword. A small, regional brand might have plenty of room to grow, but may also lack strong brand recognition beyond its home turf.
When it comes to business, Americans tend to fall in love with the new—new companies, new products, new deals.
It’s no secret that America as a culture prizes cleanliness as an inherent, cultural virtue. This near obsession goes far beyond the stacks of deodorants, perfumes, shampoos, and soaps that line bathrooms walls.
Controversy surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMO) continues to sow doubt about them among consumers, despite being deemed safe to eat by the FDA and the National Academy of Sciences.
The second half of 2016 was filled with change, from the election of Donald Trump to the injunction of the widely debated new overtime regulations, permeating the small business environment with uncertainty.
If their success as a menu item at health-focused restaurants is any indication, ancient grains are here to stay.