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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.

Consumer Trends

Top chains by menu segment for 2017

Chains ranking highest in their competitive set deliver more than just good food. They’re winning in all aspects of the dining experience, from service to convenience.

The industry's annual convention served up some low-cost ideas for drawing and keeping good employees.

The Mexican category overall saw sales increase by 0.9% to $18 billion and units by 4.1%, to 12,656.

The latest software is helping operators track food safety's moving target.

The Culver family retains control, but a board seat has been extended to the buyer, Roark Capital.

The youngest brand in Roark's expansive restaurant portfolio has been shaped and adjusted to be the company's next growth vehicle.

People in big cities have been all abuzz over the hidden cash craze sweeping social media, that all started when a mysterious person (@HiddenCash) began stashing money around San Francisco.

With most chains trying to score valuable real estate on their customers’ phones, the Restaurant Business team took a look at 25 restaurant apps to see what’s working—and what’s not.

Increasingly, operators are turning to real-life test kitchen units and their own customers for help in evaluating the innovations they’re considering.

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