Fast-Casual Barbecue Concepts Look to Smoke Competition

Barbecue restaurants have resonated with patrons for years thanks to their homestyle offerings and friendly atmosphere. Some of the most successful barbecue concepts in recent years have been in the fast-casual sector; in fact, fast-casual barbecue concept Dickey’s Barbecue Pit was ranked among the top five fastest growing LSR chains in Technomic’s 2015 Top 500 […]

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 […]

Betting on Fast-Casual Barbecue

The fastest-growing chain with sales greater than $200 million in 2013 was fast-casual barbecue concept Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, according to Technomic’s 2014 Top 500 Chain Restaurants Report. This is just one of the reasons that barbecue may continue to be a growth area for fast-casual concept development. Patrons flock to fast-casual barbecue concepts because they […]

Savoury New Barbecue Dishes Star on U.K. Menus

As we discussed last month at the U.K. Restaurants Trends & Directions Conference, barbecue remains a top U.K. menu trend midway through 2014. There are plenty of American-style pulled-pork sandwiches on hamburger buns tempting diners at restaurants across menu categories, and slow-smoked meats of all sorts are the calling card for the rising number of […]

At Midyear, Technomic Sees Six Trends Emerging

Technomic, the nation’s leading foodservice research and consulting firm, has identified trends emerging for the second half of 2014, including hot peppers and sauces beyond Sriracha, barbecue flavors in QSR handhelds, and classic snack brands incorporated into new menu offerings. Technomic brings together the best judgments of its consultants and editors to periodically identify and […]

Bold New Barbecue Items for Summer on Canadian Menus

’Tis the season (finally) for barbecue, and Canadian restaurant operators are ready to satisfy consumer cravings for the smoky flavours of the grill with an assortment of new ’cue offerings. One highlight of several selections on menus this spring is multilayered barbecue flavours—for example, chipotle-honey barbecue sauce (at Montana’s Cookhouse), a Korean barbecue glaze (at […]

Segment Performance: Fast-Casual Barbecue Chains

The barbecue cluster within Technomic’s Top 150 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurants earned a collective $141 million, a 1.4 percent increase from 2010. Shane’s Rib Shack led the group, bringing in just over $50 million, up 4.1 percent, while decreasing unit count by -1.5 percent. Second-place Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q was flat in 2011, in both sales […]