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Meaty sandwiches are making their mark on menus

Operators are taking advantage of falling meat prices when adding new sandwiches to the lineup.

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.

The past year reaffirmed that tough times bring many changes in restaurant leadership. Here are four of the most dramatic shifts.

Millennials are the most reliant on foodservice of all generations, finds Technomic. They also drive off-premise dining, including takeout and delivery.

Unusual became the usual this week for the restaurant business. Here are a few pieces of the evidence.

Scott Redler has no trouble counting the reasons that Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers invested in digital menu boards. The chain’s chief operating officer says that in a growing...

The sandwich category increased sales by 2.9% and units by 0.3%, despite category heavyweight Subway's 1.7% sales decline and 1.3% unit decline.

Restaurants are tapping menu psychology tactics when constructing their menus and menu boards.

Operators are appealing to consumers' time constraints with sweet endings for off-premise celebrations.

He had been Cinnabon’s brand president.

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