Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
Here’s a sign that a menu category is ready for refreshing, if not outright reinvention: In 2007, soup was available on 77 percent of U.S. restaurant menus, according to market research firm Datassential. Ten years on, the figure has fallen to just under 71 percent. Soup is particularly...
Nature's Table has been going strong for 40 years.
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“I grew up in a health food family,” says Rich Wagner, president of Nature’s Table. Wagner’s father, Francis, was a chemist, owned health food juice company Wagner Excello Juice in Illinois, and was also an investor in Vine and Harvest, a vitamin, smoothie, and frozen yogurt shop opened up by...
Curry Up Now
Health & Wellness
Togarashi-spiced burgers, chai-scented oatmeal, garam masala–infused cocktails: Fast-casual menus everywhere are getting spicier—and it’s not just about turning up the heat. Not only do herbs and spices pack a nutritional and flavor punch that allows chefs to trim fat and calories without...
The Trends of 2017
Menu Innovations
For all of the quick-service twists and turns that 2017 will be best remembered for, there is one that stands head and shoulders above the rest, according to industry experts: Food finally became our friend. It was the year when Americans began to worry less about diets and more about food quality...
My Ceviche
Emerging Concepts
For all its culinary flair and seemingly organic growth, My Ceviche is a data-driven fast casual with consumer analytics informing every major decision—even its original inception. Noticing an uptick in ceviche on menus across the U.S., former investment banker Roger Duarte teamed up with chef Sam...
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Firehouse Subs
For Firehouse Subs franchisee Windy Griffin, her operation is more about building a community than building a business. With no restaurant experience, she and her husband, Jerry, have grown the number of Firehouse units in their home market of Phoenix from one in 2011 to five locations as of this...
Subway is bringing back the $5 footlong.
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Subway has a challenging 2018 ahead. According to Business Insider, the world’s largest quick-service chain dropped its U.S. unit count by 909 locations in 2017. The number came from a Subway representative and represents more than 3 percent of the sandwich chain’s 2016 U.S. stores. It’s also...
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Church’s Chicken
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
I'm the son of two Mexican immigrants who opened up a restaurant outside of Los Angeles, so I've been in the business over 40 years. I learned at a very young age that regardless of the economic conditions, people had to eat. This industry is somewhat recession proof. I started at Church's Chicken...


Food safety is key to any restaurant.
The food service industry was shaken when restaurant chain Chipotle had multiple, widespread food safety outbreaks, spanning various states.
Every year businesses lose millions of dollars as a result of data breaches and theft, and that number continues to grow at an alarming rate. Between January and September of 2015, more than 140 million records were compromised, compared to 85 million in all of 2014.
Until fairly recently, when people wanted cakes, cookies, croissants, cobblers, pastries, pies, popovers, muffins, or mille-feuilles, they had absolutely no expectation that the item in question would be anything other than a decadent, high-calorie treat.
The term “point-of-sale” can be a bit of a misnomer.
The most recent numbers on baseline performance of fast casuals suggest some deep-seated problems in the industry.