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    July 2013

  • Salata specializes in premium salad and dressings menu options at its restaurant
    Salad concept grows across Texas and Southern California with consistent quality and all-natural dressings.
    Quick serves that create a unique restaurant branding build customer loyalty.
    Differentiate your business by creating emotional connections.
    Direct and fair trade are the two main ways to source coffee.
    Consumers and brands turn to ethical sources to get their coffee fix.
    Papa Murphy's slowed restaurant expansion due to the down economy in 2008.
    The Great Recession changed the financing landscape forever. Operators, though, are using the change to their advantage.
    Grilled cheese sandwiches at Cheeseboy offer innovative take on traditional food
    A bevy of cheese varieties livens up sandwich options.
    McAlister's Deli uses a table tracking system to improve restaurant operations.
    Quick serves use innovative technologies to improve business both in the kitchen and the front of the house.
    A Jersey Mike's franchisee used communication and influence to grow top unit.
    Jersey Mike’s Subs franchisee and area director Cathy Brown shares how she helped craft the No. 1–selling unit in the system.
    Quick serve brands like Edible Arrangements help veterans in life after military
    Brands lend a hand to help veterans in their life after service.
    Career sponsors provide women leadership opportunities in restaurant industry.
    Career sponsors can help industry women open doors to new opportunities.
    Quick-serve brands can move beyond yogurt to get creative with dairy products.
    Exploring a few ways quick serves can do more with dairy.
    Loyalty-program members can track life goals on Zoës Kitchen's L.I.F.E. app.
    Revising a struggling customer loyalty program takes a lot of work, but it can really pay off.
    Veggie Grill uses Smartsheet to smooth the real-estate selection process.
    From planning a grand opening to selecting real-estate sites for their next unit, brands are discovering that enhanced organization software allows for collaboration and communication.
    Papa John's offers potential franchisees strong AUV and national brand exposure.
    Looking to add a brand to your portfolio? These are the limited-service industry’s best bets.
    Solar Roast Coffee uses unique roasting method to create premium coffee.
    Brothers Mike and David Hartkop hatch business plan after creating a coffee roaster from a satellite dish, a stockpot, a broccoli steamer, and a car jack.
    Boston Market CEO interacts at store level with his fast casual customers.
    Brand leaders tout the benefits of one-on-one interaction with customers.
    Ads focused on value instead of price drive purchase decisions at restaurants.
    Study shows customers care more about value than price.
    Taco Bell's strong culture helps improve the guest experience.
    Marketing campaigns can adequately promote your brand, but it could be for naught without a strong cultural foundation.
    Menu management service Locu lets brands update their menus on Yelp instantly.
    Yelp partnership lets restaurants update online menus instantly.