What Subway’s Sales Decline Says About the Restaurant Industry

Subway’s fall from second-largest restaurant chain to No. 3 in Technomic’s Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, the prevailing story line in a study full of intriguing developments, reveals a lot more than just how one brand is struggling to hold on to its market share. The chain’s 3.3% decrease in estimated annual sales means about […]

Rotisserie Chicken Will Reach Beyond Retailers to Restaurants

Delectably self-basting chicken that’s slow roasted on a spit has been hot in the retail segment for many years, but it’s now becoming a restaurant darling, as well. Save for Boston Market, fried chicken is the dominant poultry of the major chain players. However, there is an abundance of emerging chains focused on rotisserie chicken, […]

Fast Casual’s Healthy Dose of Reinvention

Perceptions of better health have always weighed in fast-casual restaurants’ favor, which is probably why more brands are renewing their focus on healthfulness in the hopes of restarting or accelerating sales growth. R.J. Dourney, the chief executive and largest franchisee of Così Inc., said precisely that in a recent interview with Nation’s Restaurant News, calling […]

Get Insights from Fast Casual’s Operator Leaders

On Friday, May 16, Technomic will help welcome restaurant industry executives to Chicago for a one-day, insights-packed conference developed by fast-casual leaders, for fast-casual leaders. The Fast Casual 2014 Trends & Directions Conference is presented by the National Restaurant Association and Technomic. This operator-led event, taking place at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, will feature presentations and […]

A Look Back on the Year in Fast Casual

It has been some 15 years since Panera Bread and Chipotle emerged as leaders of the next wave of fast-casual development, but 2013 still will go down as a milestone year for the fast-casual restaurant sector. Among the highlights were the initial public offerings for two well-established fast-casual brands, Broomfield, CO-based Noodles & Company and […]

U.K. Coffee Cafe-Retailer Partnership All About Convenience

Coffee cafes were one of the hottest segments of the U.K. restaurant industry in 2012, with concepts that ranked among the Leading 100 U.K. chain restaurants posting domestic systemwide sales growth of 12.2% (to more than £1.4 billion) on unit growth of 15.4%. One concept looking to capitalise on this growth—and attracting not a small […]

Celebrating Fast-Casual Up-and-Comers

It’s National Small Business Week, and President Barack Obama and the U.S. Small Business Administration are among those celebrating the vital contributions of the country’s entrepreneurs and their built-from-the-ground-up ventures. Based on current federal size standards for most retail concepts, a small business is one that averages less than $7 million in receipts annually. So […]

Hot Concepts in a Hot Segment

Technomic has identified hundreds of fast-casual concepts over the years, identifying where we think there will be growth and then tracking these chains to see which will succeed or fail. There is no set definition for a growth concept—sometimes it’s a case of “we know it when we see it.” There are, however, elements that […]