3 restaurants selected to 'pitch' concepts at Fast Casual Executive Summit

Following a worldwide contest, three restaurants have been chosen to present concepts before a panel of investors and a live audience at the Fast Casual Executive Summit on Oct. 20 in Miami.

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Cali toasts new beverage concepts

DRNK coffee + tea and Qwench juice bar are Hollywood-born concepts that have opened in 11 locations.

Adding catering as a revenue channel: What QSRs and fast casuals should consider

One major incentive to catering that it helps extend the brand - customers love convenience and if your company offers an outlet for this, it will lead to higher satisfaction.

4 tips for long-lasting franchise success

What does it take to succeed as a franchisee in a climate of changing labor policies, nutritional guidelines and generational trends?

Millennials blazing trends trail as franchisees

Millennials are crazy about fast casuals, healthy menu options and the independence restaurant technology affords, but are they a generation likely to be interested in owning a restaurant?

Go big or stay home: How restaurant brands should approach international growth

While many quick service restaurants and casual dining restaurants have the appetite for international expansion, they often wind up with indigestion after investing significant resources. The reason? These brands treat their international divisions as ancillary businesses, rather than as primary growth drivers.

The importance of educating your team about catering

Only through a commitment to education will we have the ability to help others meet a proper standard that can help catering and restaurant leaders adapt to the market changes.

New Year's resolution: Start the year with a great plan for your business

If you’re one of those people who have great intentions but lack follow through, writing a good business plan is the first major test of your commitment.

Strong growth ahead in 2015, predicts the IFA, but threats are looming

While the economic forecast is strong, headwinds caused by the NRLB's joint employer ruling, minimum wage hikes and ACA implementation could curtail QSR franchise growth in 2015.

QSRs shift models to 'go where the consumers are'

Mobile initiatives, bigger marketing budgets, franchising growth and unprecedented headwinds grabbed headlines this year for the QSR segment.

Krispy Kreme sales, traffic jump as company begins loyalty program test

Customers can sign up for the program through their iPhone or Android device and earn reward 'Treats' for future purchases. A national roll out is expected in late 2015.

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Del Taco to open 10 Tennessee restaurants

New deal will add to brand's 550 locations in 16 states.

Groupon launches ‘Groupon To Go’

The Internet coupon service will expand into the takeout and delivery markets

Franchise industry group leader fires back on labor proposals

Proposed labor rules could destroy the industry, claims International Franchise Association chief.

Culimetrics, TCreative team up to launch Spoleto in US

Taking the step from a Brazilian QSR to an American fast casual Italian restaurant would have been very difficult, Spoleto reported in a recent press release, without the help of two business-consulting services, TCreative and Culimetrics.

Baskin-Robbins seeking LA business owners to become franchisees

Baskin-Robbins is seeking Los Angeles entrepreneurs to develop new and operate existing ice cream shops in Southern California.

Dunkin reports positive Q2

Total company revenues increased 10.7 percent. Revenue increases were due primarily to increased royalty income as a result of systemwide sales growth and more.

Captain D's reaches 15th quarter growth milestone

The company attributes menu innovation and restaurant redesign as primary driving forces behind the brand's continued success.

Marble Slab success ends 5-year sales decline

The significant turnaround in sales, the brand said, is a testament to increased customer satisfaction and an overall increased value proposition.

Bruster's enters South Korea with 10-unit development deal

Site selection for two locations is underway in Seoul and Busan. The first Bruster's will open in late 2015 or early 2016.

Sloan's expands to Kuwait with 5-unit deal

This marks the concept's second multi-unit franchise agreement in the Middle East this year, joining the five-shop deal struck for the United Arab Emirates.

Auntie Anne's ranks No. 5 on Entrepreneur's Top Global Franchise List

The soft pretzel company ranks among the top franchises expanding internationally in the annual Top Global Franchise list.

Burger King franchise reaches milestone with 60-unit purchase

The newly acquired eateries stretch across the Lower Peninsula and include areas such as Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw, Flint, Ann Arbor and Pontiac.

Captain D's attributes Q2 success to menu innovation, redesigned stores

Captain D’s LLC achieved 5.2 percent same-store-sales growth for the second quarter of 2015, marking the company’s 15th consecutive quarter of positive growth.

Dunkin Donuts inks 26-unit deal for Fresno, San Francisco

Existing franchisee Aharon Aminpour plans to develop 17 restaurants in Fresno and its surrounding cities, including Clovis, Visalia and Tulare. .

Church's Texas Chicken inks 70-unit expansion for Thailand

Texas Chicken, the international branch of Church's Chicken, struck a deal to bring its restaurants to malls, inline locations and stand-alone stores throughout Thailand, marking its single largest international expansion.

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