Nominations close Feb. 28. Wingstop was the winner of the 2022 Excellence in Food Safety award, and past winners have included Panda Express, Chipotle and Fazoli’s. As part of the 2023 FastCasual Top 100 Movers & Shakers list, FastCasual and Steritech, a provider of food safety assessments, will honor one brand with the fifth annual Excellence in Food […]

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Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit attendees will learn about Tony Roma’s transition into the fast casual market, Duck Donuts’ growth strategy and Tropical Smoothie’s secret to expanding in a tough market. UFG and PreciTaste leaders will weigh in on industry challenges as well. The Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit, being held March 20-22 in Coral Gables, […]

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Kathy Doyle has been promoted to CEO of Networld Media Group, a publisher of nine business-to-business websites, including FastCasual and ATM Marketplace. She most recently served as publisher and president of the company and replaces Tom Harper, who will become chairman. Harper joined the company in 1997 following a career in radio advertising and became CEO in 2014. Doyle, […]

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For many, December signals the start of holiday shopping and wrapping, but at FastCasual, it’s nomination season for the annual Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers. As always, the Top 100 recognizes the top 75 brands as well as 25 executives leading the fast casual restaurant industry, recognizing growth and sales accomplishments and honoring menu […]

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S.G. Ellison, president of Diversified Restaurant Group, a Taco Bell and Arby’s franchisee, spoke about how both companies innovate at the #QSRNext event hosted by Networld Media Group and sponsored by Leasecake. Diversified Restaurant Group, a franchisee of 300 Taco Bell restaurants and 29 Arby’s, is among the top innovators for both brands. Helmed by […]

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Ideation Hospitality COO Scott Campanella will join Chef Jose Garces and Ballard Brands CDO Davis Mesa in a keynote panel at the Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit being held March 20-22 in Coral Gables. The trio will share how they’ve created a franchise opportunity that addresses the future of the restaurant industry. Although Jose Garces […]

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Recognizing that QSR leaders needed a convenient way to exchange ideas, tips and advice with one another, Networld Media Group — the publishers of QSRWeb.com and the producers of the Fast Casual Executive Summit — have created #QSRNext, a one-day virtual event taking place Nov. 9 catering specifically to fast food brands. In a session titled “The Delivery Dilemma,” Neil […]

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To qualify for the list, each brand had to be no more than six years old, have at least one location open and have never appeared on this list in the past or on the annual list of Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers. Although the fast casual industry is only about 25 years […]

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Following a global contest, five fledgling brands competed for a cash prize and the title of The Perfect Pitch at the Fast Casual Executive Summit on Oct. 10 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The companies’ executives addressed Summit attendees as well as a panel of advisors who offered advice on how to grow their concepts. Advising this year’s contestants […]

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