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Jack in the Box

Financing

Technomic: Drive-thru data

As consumers increase their off-premise dining, limited-service operators will continue to study their priorities and habits, as well as borrow ideas from chains who are doing it right.

Marketing

Restaurants’ top menu deals and discounts this winter

Chains are doubling up on new dollar menus and value meals to spark sales during this slower time of year.

In addition to measuring chains’ operational attributes, Technomic also rated their connections to consumers through a series of questions designed to gauge loyalty and perception of a brand.

Customers in the San Francisco area can order off the full menu until 3 a.m.

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.

In our latest roundup of offbeat offerings, french fries gain ground as a garnish, the Whopperito is born, and we dive into the mystery that is the McFloat.

Several of the biggest names in the field, including Jack in the Box vet David Theno, have been retained to help in safeguarding customers.

Low-cost indulgences by the big burger chains, the next steps in customization, and turning cabbage—the pickled type—into the green type.

A true challenger to the Cronut appears, along with signs of a deeper dive into groceries by The Cheesecake Factory, less yelling at Red Robin, a return to crazy restaurant theming and crow being added to the menu of Jack in the Box.

Wall Street was thrown into a selling fit by news of the food poisonings, bidding down the value of Chipotle’s shares by 5 percent at one point.