Trend Alert: Foodservice Hobbyists, Community-Driven Concepts, Customization and the Rise of Veggies

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July 16, 2015

Trend Alert: The Growth of Foodservice Hobbyists, Community-Driven Concepts, Customization and Veggies

At Technomic’s annual Trends & Directions Conference in Chicago, representatives from the research firm did what they do best: outlined a handful of trending topics and backed them up with supporting data, an economic overview and even more data. Here’s a look at a few factors that will influence the foodservice industry in the coming year.


Former Wendy’s Executive Joins Wingstop

Wingstop Inc. named Larry Kruguer its new president of international. Kruguer will have responsibility for growing and developing key international markets for Wingstop and will report directly to President and Chief Executive Officer Charlie Morrison.

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Brand Optimization on a Global Stage

What does it take for restaurant chains to achieve success in foreign lands? Consultant Juan Martinez shares his thoughts and experiences.


South Quad Renovation at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.

A renovation and addition to the South Quad residence hall allowed the university to consolidate West Quad dining into one dining hall and café that serves residential and retail customers. The kitchen expansion includes more storage and a commissary.


Kneaders Promotes Vincent to President

David Vincent added the role of president to his current role of chief financial officer for Kneaders Bakery & Café, a fast-casual restaurant chain that operates 35 locations in 5 western states.


Stiles Becomes President of Eddie Merlot’s

Geoffrey Stiles is the new president of Eddie Merlot’s, a fine-dining restaurant chain. Stiles’ background includes working as president and chief operating officer for Ruth’s Chris and as vice president of operations for Morton’s of Chicago.

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