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How leading chains stack up by menu size

The top and fastest-growing chains don’t always align with average total menu items in their sectors.

Consumer Trends

How did we do? A look back at Technomic’s 2016 food predictions

Here is a brief look back to see how our 2016 food trend forecast played out.

Chain restaurants are discovering that nostalgia sells.

More than half of the restaurant industry’s $491 billion in sales come from the Top 500 chains. And these giants grew at a modestly stronger rate, both in terms of sales and store counts, than the industry overall. Restaurant Business focused on the leading 250 performers to identify trends for our first-ever special report delivering lessons from Technomic’s annual Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report. This special package includes lessons for all operators from the largest chains by segment, menu category and more.

To lighten the chilaquiles recipe for First Watch’s more mainstream, health-minded customers, the fat was cut and fresher in-house ingredients were added.

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The “cheeky and endearing” robot, referred to as DRU, can carry up to 10 pizzas.

The Domino’s AnyWare suite has added its ninth platform.

Il Fornaio hadn’t expanded its classic Italian concept for eight years. The economic downturn stalled growth, delayed further by a change in equity partners.

The place said it handled 10,000 customers in three days.