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 […]

U.K. Chains Look Across the Pond for Growth

The increase of hot dogs and barbecue dishes on menus is evidence of American influence on U.K. dining. But several U.K. restaurant chains are wagering that North American diners are hungry for a taste of Britain. Technomic’s U.K. Foodservice Digest uncovered a handful of brands following in the footsteps of Pret A Manger, attempting to […]

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 […]

U.S. Fast-Casual Chains Looking North for Growth

Several leading U.S.-based fast-casual chain restaurants ramped up their Canadian expansion efforts in 2012. Five Guys Burgers and Fries was particularly aggressive, nearly doubling its units (from 28 to 54) in one year. Five other U.S. chains committed to Canadian expansion—Taco Del Mar, Fatburger, Panera Bread, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Smashburger—grew location totals between 9 […]

Branching Out: Veteran Brands, Execs Roll Out New Fast-Casual Restaurant Concepts

If a slow, steady loop of “Pomp & Circumstance” has played in your head at any time in the past month, then you know all too well that it’s graduation season. This is that beautiful (and expensive) time of year when students grab their diplomas and then go get ready to do big, bold new […]