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Jack in the Box

2016 Top 500 restaurant chains

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.

Food

5 chain menu items making a splash

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.

With the launch of its new $5.79 third-pound cheeseburger (and $8.29 combo), the QSR ventures where other chains have longed to go—beyond the self-imposed $5 ceiling. But will customers follow?

The Burger Business blog picks the high and low moments from its turf.

Dunkin’ Donuts is stealing a page out of high-end baker Dominique Ansel’s marketing book, opting to bake a limited number of donut-croissant hybrid confections every day for a premium price of around $2.49 each.

Consumers weren’t part of the audience at FSTec, but their attitudes toward restaurant technology were given voice by a study survey released at the conference by Technomic.