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 […]

It’s a Small World When it Comes to Menu Development

For all the talk these days about what McDonald’s can do to right its listing ship, surprisingly little has focused on tapping a huge reservoir of product development and marketing savvy: the chain’s international menus. Around the globe, McDonald’s serves up items that by American standards are quirky, tantalizing or sometimes just odd. Roundups of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Overseas Restaurant Operators Setting Up Shop in the States

As Technomic tracks restaurant news and developments on the global stage, we often come across exciting emerging concepts in international markets. Many of these concepts—like up-and-comers Cloud 9 in China and Fasso’s in India, both of which were profiled as part of our ongoing coverage of emerging markets—have solid appeal, growth funding, a market large […]

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 […]