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Heather Lalley

Editor, Foodservice Group

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Heather Lalley is an editor with Winsight's Foodservice Group, covering emerging restaurant concepts for Restaurant Business magazine and RB Online. She also works with Winsight's sister company Technomic to produce research-based reports on emerging restaurants and chains.

Heather spent nearly a decade as a reporter for the daily newspaper in Spokane, Wash. She is the author of "The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook," about chefs who work with area farmers. She holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the two-year baking and pastry program at Washburne Culinary Institute in Chicago.

She is the mother of two children and rarely passes up a chance to eat tater tots.

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Leadership

Friendly’s names chief branding officer

Ed Valle previously served as El Pollo Loco’s CMO.

Marketing

5 chains getting festive with holiday merchandise

From mugs to onesies, here are some of the wacky branded goodies chains are offering up now.

The fast-growing plant-based chain is plotting rapid growth in 2019.

Engaged Capital said the restaurant group has “destroyed substantial shareholder value.”

Shake Shack's digital ordering and delivery programs are testing the ability of operations to keep up.

Burger King is using geocaching technology to offer Whoppers for a penny to app users who place their orders near a McDonald's.

Luby's is reviewing a slate of board candidates being pushed by an activist investor seeking to turn around the struggling company.

Starbucks will block explicit content on in-store Wi-Fi. The move, which follows years of activist pressure, will take effect next year.

Starbucks' move will power some 340 coffee shops with renewable energy.

The quick-service chain steals an Olive Garden stunt and offers up eight weeks of unlimited pasta, with an off-premise twist.

The fast-growing tech company secured $9.5 million in its latest funding round.

Bandera Partners filed a letter with the SEC, making its case for a handpicked slate of board nominees.