Customers are high-maintenance these days; they expect affordable, yet high-quality food and super quick service in an upscale, trendy environment. Easier said than done, which is why several panels at this year’s Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit, March 11-13 in Louisville, will focus on those topics. “Customers want it all, and brands hoping to compete […]

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Louisville-based Networld Media Group will hold its fourth annual Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit at the Omni Louisville Hotel on March 11-13. Networld is the publisher of several online news and information sites covering various segments of the restaurant industry, including FastCasual.com, QSRweb.com, PizzaMarketplace.com and FoodTruckOperator.com. Networld launched the Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit in 2016 […]

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One only has to peruse the menu at Smokes Poutinerie to understand the passion behind the 150-location fast casual brand. Or they could simply meet founder Ryan Smolkin who is not hard to miss when he’s out spreading the word about his 9-year-old franchise cropping up at incredible speed from Canada to Hollywood to Tampa. […]

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Steering the ship of a thriving franchising business is quite a challenge, but Matthew Kirby has prevailed more than once. The entrepreneur, who created Mongolian Barbecue U.K. and co-founded BD’s Mongolian BBQ in the 1990s in the U.S., applied a bit of innovation to those Asian stir-fry brands in 2008, and came up with Chozen […]

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Franchises are growing at a staggering pace around the world with the IFA predicting that they’ll increase nearly 2 percent this year to hit 759,000. Franchise employment will also grow 3.7 percent, continuing to outpace the rest of the economy. That’s great news for restaurant owners hoping to scale their businesses, but just because franchising […]

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Executives from KFC, Papa John’s, Long John Silver’s and Texas Roadhouse joined more than 250 restaurant industry leaders last week at the Omni Hotel in downtown Louisville for the 2018 Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit. The Summit, produced by Louisville-based Networld Media Group, was making its first stop in Louisville after two years in Dallas. […]

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Sales of the UK’s top 100 restaurant groups declined by 64 percent over the past year, according to a report from UHY Hacker Young, but execs from around the world will tackle those failures during the second annual Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit, 16-18 July in London. “The Summit features panels, keynotes and discussions with some of […]

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Learning about innovation while networking is — of course — the main perk of attending the Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit. But the benefits don’t stop there. The Summit, April 9-11 in Louisville, is fast approaching—here are five reasons you should attend. 1. You’ll be inspired The Summit isn’t your standard boring trade show where your […]

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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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