In 2005, while most of his peers were probably still throwing keggers, 23-year-old Matthew Corrin was launching a fast casual concept. His goal was to help people live healthier and longer lives by serving fast food that was convenient and affordable. Fast forward 13 years and Corrin’s small startup — Freshii — has grown to […]

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If you’ve ever wondered how a 65-year-old brand can stay relevant in today’s digital world, KFC’s director of advertising has you covered. George Felix, who has led the brand’s marketing over the past 2 1/2 years, has signed on to keynote the Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit, April 9-11 in Louisville. He’ll share with attendees […]

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Brazilian, Caribbean and American cuisine will take center stage Oct. 24, in Nashville, when owners of three up-and-coming brands compete in FastCasual’s Perfect Pitch competition. Taking place during the Fast Casual Executive Summit, this year’s contest will allow the owners of Brazilian Bowl out of Lakeview, Illinois; Toronto’s Street Shak Caribbean Kitchen and Capitol Melts, […]

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David Kepron, Vice President of Global Design Strategies for Marriott International, will share his insights on the pervasiveness of digital media and how its integration to consumers’ lives is influencing the structure of their brains as well as the physical environment. Kepron will be the closing keynote speaker at the upcoming CONNECT: The Mobile CX […]

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As the retail and restaurant sectors continues to change, now is a good time for companies to further explore areas that might help them with their bottom lines. The fourth annual CONNECT: The Mobile CX Summit, presented by Networld Media Group, will take place Aug. 21-23 at the Sofitel Philadelphia, right in the heart of […]

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The Interactive Customer Experience Association last night honored excellence in interactive customer experience technologies with its 2017 Elevate Awards, handed out at an at-times-raucous dinner party at the Star, the Dallas Cowboys’ headquarters and training facility. The Awards, judged by a panel of industry experts and journalists, were handed out in 10 categories ranging from best […]

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Blaze Pizza is on a hot streak. The 5-year-old Pasadena, California-based brand has grown from two units doing $3 million into 175 locations reporting $185 million in system-wide sales. It opened 70 units in 2016, is on target to open 80 by the end of the year, and CEO and President Jim Mizes expects to […]

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The future of robots in the kitchen, controlling the supply chain, knowing when, where and how to grow and exploring industry trends are just a few topics restaurant executives from around the world will discuss at the Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit, being held 18-20 July in London. “Our agenda is packed full of c-level […]

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Kioskmarketplace.com, the premier site for news and information about the kiosk and self-service industry, has published “The Tipping Point for Self-Service Kiosks in Restaurants.” The special report is sponsored by kiosk manufacturer Frank Mayer & Associates Inc. and can be downloaded here. Self-order kiosks, where customers place and pay for their orders via a touchscreen […]

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The upcoming June Interactive Customer Experience (ICX) Summit boasts top leaders in customer experience speaking on a range of topics from CX strategy to Internet of Things, integration to measuring customer experience and return-on-investment. That latter focus will be the subject of a panel featuring Albert Vita, director, strategy and insights for The Home Depot. The session, […]

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