Sales & Finance

How your restaurant sales and profits compare to competitors' and what you can do to improve financial performance

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Sales at the major fast-casual restaurants are growing at nearly three times the rate for the industry as a whole, but that intake is not being evenly distributed. What fast-casual brands are at the front of that increasingly crowded pack? Restaurant Business borrowed data from its research sister, Technomic, to rate the 40 largest fast-casual chains by systemwide sales. Here, in ascending order, are the sector’s largest chains by sales volumes.

Customization may be a sales driver, but it also can complicate operations. “Seventy-five percent of our business is build-your-own orders, and it takes three visits to get your perfect pizza,” says...

It’s easy enough to crack open a bottle of ketchup or jar of mayo. But as operators push to differentiate themselves and cater to consumers’ growing demand for on-trend food, proprietary menu items—...

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Financial and popular success don't always align in the restaurant business, but they do on this one-of-a-kind list from Restaurant Business. The publication worked with its research sister, Technomic, to rank limited-service chains by a combination of sales and customer satisfaction. It's offered here in a partnership with the popular general-business website, BusinessInsider.com.

While fast casual’s distinction as the dominant player in the industry goes unchallenged, what’s driving its growth is shifting. That’s the finding of preliminary data by researcher Technomic , which...

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As the weather warms up, operators need to act smart to profit from patio dining.

Stunned silence. The suggestion made by the marketing consultants for Smoothie King was so simple and easy that no one spoke, recalls Dan Hannah, VP of business development for the QSR. It was a “Why...

With so much at stake—from guests’ perceptions to overall safety—deciding whether to trust the task of cleaning a restaurant to in-house staff or farm it out to the pros is of the utmost importance...

By the end of 2013, it was obvious something was wrong at Panera . A fast-casual standard bearer—the brand that initially built its reputation on guest comfort and satisfaction above all else—found...

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Food delivery is fueling sales. But it takes skill to dispatch convenience without crashing.

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