Shannon Haluszczak is an Assistant Editor, Content Analysis at Technomic Inc. in Chicago. She writes, edits and analyzes content for the company’s newsletters, reports and blog.

Fast-Casual Restaurants Enhance Catering Programs

Fast-casual restaurants are elevating their catering programs to increase sales. Catering and delivery services are becoming essential to eateries looking to grow within the fast-casual segment. This year, operators have introduced catering to new markets, tested delivery service, updated menus and launched catering promotions: Native Foods Café and Donatos Pizza are growing their catering programs. […]

Bacon Maximizes Menus

Consumers continue to crave bacon. The protein is dynamic since it can be offered during all dayparts through a number of food combinations from breakfast sandwiches and bacon-topped doughnuts to deli sandwiches and even tacos. Technomic MenuMonitor data shows that bacon was the second most-menued protein on c-store breakfast sandwiches in the second quarter. In […]

Food Halls Serve As Launching Ground for Fast-Casual Concepts

With competition heating up among fast-casual concepts, some brands are looking to food halls instead of traditional restaurant formats for development and growth. Unlike food courts, which are conventionally home to big chain restaurants, food halls feature mostly local fast-casual vendors to showcase the diverse flavors of the neighborhood. These food hall vendors typically specialize […]