Craft Beer Interest Increasing Worldwide

Americans aren’t they only ones thirsting for U.S. craft beers. Foreign companies and consumers alike are clamoring for these brews and are tapping into the trend in various ways. For example, patrons at the recently opened Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub in Helsinki can quaff Tommyknocker Pick Axe IPA, Hop Strike Black IPA, Imperial Nut Brown, […]

Fast Casual Year in Review: More of the Same (But That’s a Good Thing)

The start of 2015 is a mere two weeks away, so it’s time again to look back at the year that was in fast casual. What was the overall theme for the segment in 2014? “More of the same”—which, in fast casual’s case, means sales and unit growth, so that’s a good thing. In Q3 […]

U.K. Restaurant Brands Roll Out New Concepts

U.K. restaurant operators are looking to expand their reach and serve new audiences by debuting concepts a step above or a step below their original brands’ service style. PAUL, which came in at No. 75 on Technomic’s 2014 list of the Top 100 U.K. Chain Restaurants (based on 2013 U.K. systemwide sales), is among this […]

A Closer Look at Fast Casual’s Fastest Growers

In a press release today, Technomic reports that the fast-casual segment continues to be a growth leader within the restaurant industry. Fast-casual restaurants that made Technomic’s 2014 list of the Top 500 Chain Restaurants, based on 2013 U.S. systemwide sales, saw sales growth of 11% last year. That growth reflects strong performances both from rising […]

British Restaurants Target International Markets for Expansion

A British supermarket giant heads to India; one of the U.K.’s leading coffee chains makes its American debut; and a fast-casual chicken champion arrives in the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi: It’s been a busy start to the year for several top U.K. foodservice brands hungry to expand abroad.  Tesco, Costa Coffee and […]

Whenever, Wherever: U.K. Restaurants Look to Broaden Their Reach

U.K. restaurants and grocers seeking to stay top of mind with their customers are racing to open units in nontraditional locations and roll out convenience-oriented services—all in an effort to position themselves as reliable, go-to brands of choice. All Bar One will aim to perk up Birmingham Airport travellers with everything from freshly made frittatas to quesadillas to […]

Going Global: Canadian Chains Chart International Path to Growth

Restaurant industry analysts and investors are anticipating the release next week of Tim Hortons’ new strategic plan, which will detail how the company plans to shore up sales and boost performance both in Canada and in its challenged U.S. operations. The chain’s struggles south of the border are well-documented and demonstrate the difficulties that even […]

A Tale of Two Jamie Oliver Concepts

Even Jamie Oliver isn’t infallible. Last week word broke that three of Oliver’s four Union Jacks restaurants—created as a celebration of favourite British dishes—would close. Known for his business savvy in addition to his juggernaut of restaurants, cooking shows and cookbooks, and his advocacy of more-healthful eating, Oliver hasn’t known a lot of failure as […]

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 […]

Three Chains Betting on Burger Growth in the U.K.

Next month, three buzzed-about burger concepts from abroad—American chains Shake Shack and Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and South Africa’s Steers—are set to make their big London debut. Five Guys and Shake Shack will host grand-opening celebrations on 4 and 5 July, respectively; Steers also reportedly will open the first week of July. The owners […]