The acceleration and diversification of iced tea across America

The diaspora of iced tea across the United States has been swift. In the past 5 years, this Southern staple has since found its way onto restaurant menus across the country.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: S & D Coffee


Digital Display Technology: An Introduction to Digital Signage

Digital signage is a viable and effective communications tool, but companies taking the first step in signage deployment will be much more successful on the playing field if they understand the basics of what digital media is and how it operates. Learn the basics of digital signage and how to make it most effective.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: LG Electronics USA, Inc.


Best practices: Maintaining a cohesive brand across franchises

Brand consistency is the foundation of all franchises. Developing company-wide brand strategies is key to protecting the brand’s image which creates value for consumers and the franchisees.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Visualogistix


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5 pros and cons of scaling your restaurant business

Before you sign on the dotted line for a new location, consider these pros and cons of scaling your restaurant business.

Video: How Chick-Fil-A works with franchisees to ensure success

The brand succeeds by having each franchisee become integrated into the community and is always seeking ways to boost the customer experience via new technology.

Tips, advice on preparing the brand for unit expansion

Brand unit and location growth requires capital and resources, but there are some other critical aspects as well, according to several successful franchise and restaurant leaders.

4 for 15: 4 speakers, 15 minutes each, limitless knowledge

Three fast casual restaurant operators and other experts share their insights about the industry and how they've found success and value in it.

Navigating the crossover: Fast casualization of the restaurant industry

Switching into fast casual dining requires more than getting food to the table quicker. It demands new strategies from menu decisions to customer experience elements.

Building the brand culture: It’s all about empowering employees

Establishing a 'cult' philosophy in building a robust brand culture isn't a bad thing. In fact, it's one of several valuable and viable approaches.

The perfect pitch: 3 restaurant concepts

Entrepreneurs from Burgers n’ Fries Forever, Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez and Pincho Factory pitched concepts to a panel of distinguished investors and consultants who provided professional advice.

FCES15: Real estate decision requires lots of homework, data insight

As any business owner knows the location decision can sink the business or be the foundation of initial success and growth. But it involves much more than negotiating a lease or property purchase.

FCES15: Why design is key to customer engagement

Design is a key aspect for the customer experience and plays directly into the "corporate soul" and building a relationship with customers.

7 ways to grow your brand via nontraditional spaces

Considering ways to expand that are off the beaten path can prove to be a positive move that lands a new audience and teaches you how to overcome unique challenges and build a more successful future.

Are you following the 12 dos and don'ts of restaurant financing?

Although there is no secret recipe for raising funds to open a business, there are some practices that should always be followed and even more to avoid.

Franchise focus: Can Captain D's hook fast casual market share?

While many may still consider the seafood restaurant a quick service restaurant, CEO Phil Greifeld said that in 2011 the chain began transitioning from a QSR to a “fresh, contemporary, affordable seafood restaurant.”

Are you following the 12 dos and don'ts of restaurant financing?

Although there is no secret recipe for raising funds to open a business, there are some practices that should always be followed and even more to avoid.

Restaurateurs speak out against NLRB ruling

The National Labor Relations Board made it easier on Thursday for restaurant workers to unionize, and many restaurateurs are already worried about what the ruling means for their businesses.

Mythbusting: 6 myths why small brands 'can't' go international

Some smaller food brands incorrectly assume they cannot take advantage of the growing international food markets.

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