Emerging Brands

Indian food is finally carving a niche among U.S. fast casuals

Several forces are coming together to push Indian mainstream through the fast-casual model after years of fits and starts. But the major players are going slow, following a path of smart growth.

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McDonald's is a chicken chain now

The company’s chicken business is “on par” with its beef business as Americans continue to devour more poultry. It plans more chicken products in the coming years.

Food

Beef prices are soaring. It won't get better anytime soon

With beef inflation expected to stick around for the next few years, steakhouses and meat-focused concepts are creating strategies to manage sourcing and the menu. It's all about being flexible.

Financing

Brands shift their attention back to smaller operators

The Bottom Line: While plenty of franchises like Subway still want large-scale franchisees, there is a movement to keep their sizes down.