Specialty Segments to Supercharge Fast Casual’s Momentum

The fast-casual segment has had a remarkable run of sales and unit growth the past 10 years, enjoying broad success in familiar menu categories like Mexican, sandwiches and burgers. But the salad days for specialty fast-casual brands and their burgeoning segments—like build-your-own salad, Mediterranean, pizza and barbecue—are just beginning, and their development likely will sustain […]

Mediterranean, Middle Eastern Flavours Shine in U.K.

U.K. restaurant operators are employing the bright flavours of the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East in a range of freshness-focused new dishes. And whether these tastes are starring in vegetarian selections or adding an unexpected twist to a burger, they’re letting operators capitalise on rising consumer interest in exploring a variety of global flavours. Notably, […]

Mediterranean-Minded Fast-Casual Restaurants

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine last month brought new attention to the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet—those coastal European culinary traditions that celebrate the use of fresh produce and seafood as well as beans, healthful fats (nuts and olive oil) and wine. The study’s researchers reported that clinical trial […]