Over 240 fast casual executives attended the gala to find out their rankings. Shaquille O’Neal-owned Big Chicken had much to cluck about Sunday when it took top honors at the Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers awards gala in Chicago at the LondonHouse. Josh Halpern, president, accepted the award for the 40-unit brand, which […]

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The Restaurant Catering Workshop will provide a blueprint for restaurant operators focused on catapulting catering sales. Although order management technology is the heartbeat of any solid catering framework, catering expert Erle Dardick, founder of The Off Premises Growth Academy, understands it’s just one piece of the overall business strategy. The fact that many independent and multi-unit […]

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David McKillips, president and CEO of CEC Entertainment, the parent company to Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza, is keynoting The Pizza Leadership Virtual Summit, a free half-day learning event for qualified pizzeria owners, operators and executives on July 31, 2024. Hosted by Networld Media Group, the parent company of Pizza Marketplace, FastCasual and QSRWeb, the virtual […]

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Fast Casual’s parent company aligns with IFMA to bring the food-away-from-home ecosystem closer together. Networld Media Group, a B2B publisher of several online trade publications, including FastCasual, Pizza Marketplace, QSRWeb and Food Truck Operator, is teaming up with The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, a trade association for food-away-from-home that provides insights, education and networking opportunities for the industry. The partnership will […]

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Three TikTok experts led a panel discussion on using the social media platform at the Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit in Kansas City. If you’re not using TikTok, your competitors probably are — and that’s setting your restaurant brand behind the marketing game. That was the key takeaway from “Workshopping It with TokTok,” the keynote […]

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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2024 Elevate Awards which will recognize and honor organizations effectively leveraging technology to elevate the customer experience. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2024 Elevate Awards which will recognize and honor organizations effectively leveraging technology to elevate the customer experience. The awards program aims to inspire retailers and brands […]

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Networld Media Group, the parent company of the ICX Association, is transitioning the Interactive Customer Experience Association Board to the Interactive Customer Experience and Bank Customer Experience Advisory Council. This council will gather bankers, retailers, restaurant and hospitality executives to provide insights and guidance for the upcoming jointly held Interactive Customer Experience Summit and Bank Customer Experience Summit from […]

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Los Angeles-based Dave’s Hot Chicken and Sweetgreen, Chicago’s Wow Bao and BurgerFi, headquartered in Florida, may seem to lack commonalities, but they share one major distinction. They’ve taken the No. 1 spot over the past few years on FastCasual’s list of Top 100 Movers & Shakers. Dave’s was the 2023 champion, Wow Bao made history as the first brand to take the title […]

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The Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit, produced by Networld Media Group, will host its eighth annual event there in Kansas City, March 24-26. The early bird deadline ends Nov. 17. If you’ve not heard, Kansas City is the place to be these days. Just ask the world’s most famous woman, Taylor Swift, and her Super […]

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