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Fast Casual

Food

New menu items debut at McAlister’s Deli

The fast casual has added two fall LTOs.

Workforce

Noodles beefs up its benefits package

Amid a worker shortage, the company is offering six weeks paid maternity leave and adoption assistance.

The fast casual won’t join in on the price wars being waged by other burger chains.

Read on for at-a-glance highlights on economic and consumer drivers, as well as same-store sales gains, through the lens of Technomic’s analysts.

With U.S. restaurant sales essentially flat, more chains are capitalizing on their brand equity with forays into licensed retail products.

Comps were positive, and earnings were hurt by expected payments from a security breach.

The former Bloomin’ Brands and Taco Bell executive will join Brian Niccol at the burrito chain.

Total revenues at the fast casual also rose.

Kitchen recasts are accounting for a large part of chains’ capex budgets for 2017. The aim of the moment is to boost throughput and capitalize on off-premise demand.

The use of “better bread” is not new, but fresh varieties are rising to the top, and consumers indicate they want more—and are willing to pay for it.

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