4 megatrends that emerged at chain restaurants’ big idea exchange

With more than 1,000 executives in attendance, some surprising trends could be gleaned from the presentations and casual conversations. Here are four that might have turned a keen listener’s head.


Ned Lyerly named CEO of Hardee’s, Carl’s Jr. owner CKE Restaurants

The company also said that industry veteran George Condos has joined its board of directors.

RB’s The Bottom Line takes a look inside the parent company of delivery service Uber Eats and finds profitability challenges.

But traffic remains weak as the industry relies on price to generate sales.

Women in the restaurant industry are advancing in their careers, but what’s next?

The chain has added items to its treat menu and has a new tagline, Happy Tastes Good.

Mario Gabelli puts his support behind a sale, saying that it’s too small to be public and hasn’t performed well, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The decision comes as more jurisdictions are eyeing bans on cashless establishments, saying they discriminate against low-income consumers.

A brand’s maturity doesn’t have to equate to obsolescence, according to several of the industry’s oldest brands. At the Restaurant Leadership Conference, they and several middle-aged chains explained how they do it.

The New York U.S. senator said the workers did not receive enough notice and called for a federal investigation.