The Future of Food Tech

When looking toward the future of tech in the food industry, it’s easy to imagine that robots will soon take our orders, we’ll pay for meals through voice or face recognition, and that most deliveries will be ferried to customers via drones. But this ignores real-world barriers, including regulation and shifts in public interest. Operators […]

How to Appeal to Generation Z

One of the biggest challenges facing restaurant brands today is how to capture the attention of Generation Z diners and how to keep them coming back. Restaurant chains want to build brand loyalty with Gen Z and create lifelong customers. This column will provide a sketch of Gen Z using insights from our recently updated […]

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: Chicken Restaurants

Chicken-focused concepts on Technomic’s Top 150 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurants list saw U.S. systemwide sales climb a healthy 11.3 percent to more than $3.2 billion in 2012. Unit count rose 4.7 percent to 2,447. That’s not quite as strong a performance as the Top 150 fast-casual concepts recorded as a group; sales for the Top 150 […]