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Heather Lalley

Editor in chief, Winsight Grocery Business

Articles by
Heather Lalley

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Emerging Brands

Fast-growing Velvet Taco outgrows its HQ

The 33-unit fast casual known for its creative tacos will move into an office space about five times bigger than its current one later this year.


Blaze promotes Ed Yancey to chief development officer

Yancey, an industry veteran, has served as vice president of franchise development at the fast-casual pizza chain since 2020.

The fast-casual operator, which recently acquired two new chains, has promoted Lauriena Borstein and John Geyerman to each oversee three concepts.

The food-and-games chain reported same-store sales growth of 10.9% over 2019, but food and beverage sales are down and so are special events.

As the lines between fast casual and fast food blur, diners are increasingly expecting quick-service convenience at more-polished limited-service chains, according to a new Technomic consumer report.

Fils, who had been with the Yum Brands’ burger concept since 2008, has also worked at Mimi’s Café and Rubio’s Restaurants.

Dallas-based Carbone’s is accusing New York’s Carbone, owned by Major Food Group, of stealing its name and causing confusion in its hometown.

Kim comes to the vegetable-focused, 30-unit chain from fitness app Aaptiv.

The wing chain, turning a viral tweet into reality, created custom sneakers with its green-and-white colors and winged logo. It’s giving them away on social media.

Marketing Bites: Chains mark the start of Pride Month, Taco Bell teases more Mexican Pizza and more marketing news of the week.

In the wake of two mass shootings, USHG President Chip Wade said his company would commit its money and its voice to changing gun laws.

Hunt previously led accounting for On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina before joining BRIX Holdings.

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