Fast Casual Takes Early Lead in Technology Race

Fast casual, the clear standout segment of the restaurant industry for the past decade, has had several advantages contributing to its growth and to its gains in market share at the expense of quick-service and casual-dining brands. Consumers have been drawn to fast casual’s service, ingredient quality and price point, and now, with the latest […]

Fast-Casual Segment Performance 2013: Asian/Noodle Restaurants

Fast-casual Asian/noodle restaurants within Technomic’s Top 150 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurants posted impressive sales gains of 15.6 percent in 2012 on unit growth of 9.4 percent; that expansion was driven largely by the segment’s three biggest chains: Panda Express, Noodles & Company and Pei Wei Asian Diner. The dominance of the top three is tough to […]