Darren Tristano

Darren Tristano is President at Technomic Inc. and is focused on expanding the foodservice industry knowledge base and sharing this intelligence with operators, suppliers and other key players. Over the past 20 years, he has overseen the growth of Technomic’s Information Services division. On Technomic’s consulting side, Darren leads the company’s Restaurant Practice, providing operator clients with actionable findings and insights. Drawing on this experience, Darren also puts Technomic’s research findings into context, speaking frequently to the media and at industry conferences.

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A fast reality check

Those of us who have been watching the industry for a long time are still excited about fast casual and its future.


Hooter’s goes out on a limb with fast-casual spinoff

A growing number of full-service restaurants are looking for relief from their financially beleaguered category by spinning off fast-casual satellite concepts.

Moviegoers get a look at Ray Kroc's legendary enterprise behind the rise of McDonald's.

Until recently, consumers considered Chipotle one of the most trusted limited-service restaurant brands. After its food safety incidents, Chipotle now scores in the bottom six for brand trust.

Consumers say they care about healthy food, but that doesn’t always translate to real-life purchases. A new crop of fast-casual restaurants is aiming to promote health while satisfying other consumer demands.

If there’s no celebrity chef tie-in, newcomers are betting on accountability as points of difference.