A Deeper Dive

“A Deeper Dive”  is a weekly podcast from Restaurant Business dedicated to going in-depth on the most pressing challenges and opportunities restaurant operators face today. Each Wednesday, our audience will hear from restaurant industry leaders – from Chipotle to Pincho Factory and Firehouse Subs to McDonald’s. Deep dives into hot topics, from delivery to discounting and marketing to menu, will give operators the latest information and solutions to drive their businesses. Restaurant Business will also bring you expert industry trends and sales analysis from data partner Technomic, and debates and expertise from RB editors.

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How higher menu prices will affect restaurants as grocery inflation slows

A Deeper Dive: Michael Swanson, agricultural economist and consultant with Wells Fargo, joins the podcast to talk about the economy, inflation and the outlook on menu prices.

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Chain restaurants had a good 2022. Or did they?

A Deeper Dive: Technomic Managing Principal Joe Pawlak joins the podcast to discuss the Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, including the strength of chicken concepts, unit growth and the pizza business.

A Deeper Dive: The chief executive of the made-to-order doughnut chain joins the podcast to discuss the company's new prototype and growth strategy.

A Deeper Dive: Carl Bachmann, the brand’s president, joins the podcast to discuss the company’s growth plans and its decision to shift to its mobile-order “virtual” drive-thrus.

A Deeper Dive: Mike Halen, senior restaurant and foodservice analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence, joins the podcast to talk about McDonald’s, Burger King and Patrick Doyle.

A Deeper Dive: The sandwich chain’s top executive joins the podcast to discuss his views of the brand and strategies for its upcoming expansion. And he talks about why Tim Hortons is so popular in Canada.

A Deeper Dive: The head of the company that owns Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon, Carvel, McAlister’s Deli, Schlotzsky’s, Jamba and Moe’s discusses the brands’ growth strategies on this week’s podcast. Also: IPOs, franchisee optimism and tipping.

A Deeper Dive: This week’s podcast focuses on tipping from the view of the restaurant employee, and why they like them at both full-service and limited-service restaurants.

A Deeper Dive: Senior Editor Joe Guszkowski joins the podcast to talk about the future of some of the biggest pandemic trends in the restaurant tech space and where they’re headed.

A Deeper Dive: Restaurant consultant John Gordon joins the podcast this week to discuss changes at Subway, its potential sale and who will buy the fast-food sandwich chain.

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