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jCarbonara
Joe Carbonara

Double Dose of Disruption

Business leaders often look over their shoulders trying to find the next disruptive player or event that will shake up their organizations. Well, in a matter of weeks spanning August to the beginning of September, the foodservice industry got a double dose of disruption.

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jMartinez
Juan Martinez

Electronic Ordering Insights

Kiosk ordering seems all the rage in today’s foodservice industry. While the process seems simple and intuitive for many consumers, implementation is another story. 

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jStiegler
Jerry Stiegler

Retail Sales Up, Panda Restaurant Group Invests in Urbane Cafe, Pizza Hut Develops New Oven-Hot Delivery System, and More

Total retail sales rose in September, as did restaurant sales, per the U.S. Census Bureau. Pizza Hut has developed an improved pouch for delivery orders. Urbane Cafe has received a strategic investment from the founders of the Panda Restaurant Group. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

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2015 Chain Innovators

Today’s foodservice consumer has innumerable quality food options from which to choose. What they want, however, are foodservice providers that can deliver something that relates to their lifestyles and self-images.

As a result, today’s innovative restaurant chains are as diverse as their various target markets. From a hybrid butcher shop and full-service restaurant to budding concepts that celebrate Southern staples such as chicken salad and Greek-inspired cuisine, innovative restaurant concepts focus as much on the menu as they do the experience. From fast-casual pizza concepts that allow customers to build their own pies to daypart-focused darlings that dominate the burgeoning breakfast, brunch and lunch segments, innovative chains continue to marry culinary vision with the customer’s definition of value.

Many know that one size no longer fits all, and operators continue to explore flexible formats that allow their concepts to go where their customers’ busy lives take them — and they do it without compromising their brand promise.

While other businesses continue to soul search in an attempt to innovate, in the restaurant industry it has become standard operating procedure. From the established concept to the new kid on the block, foodservice operators must innovate or run the risk of becoming irrelevant. On the following pages senior editor Dana Tanyeri profiles 10 innovative restaurant chains that continue to raise the bar for innovation.

List of 2015 Chain Innovators: 

4 Rivers Smokehouse

Belcampo Meat Co. 

Cava Grill

Chicken Salad Chick

Mexicue

Pizza Studio

Punch Bowl Social

Rocco's Taco's

Snooze

Tava Indian Kitchen

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