Consumer Trends

Which chains are best at ‘healthy’

Diners rated these chains as tops when it comes to healthful options.

Top 500 Chains

Newk's Eatery

This fast casual offers fresh-made dishes and grab-and-go options

Soups, salads and more from the team that originally created McAlister's Deli

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.

Shake up salads with seasonal produce, lighter preps and healthier twists.

The three were selected for IFMA's Silver Plate award, making them in effect finalists for the industry's operator of the year honor.

Seasonal promotions for fish and shellfish dishes are accelerating at chains.

Here’s a look at five areas where franchisees with leverage are finding wiggle room in franchisor contracts.

Elie Khoury knows what his company brings to the negotiating table. CEO Khoury himself is a former chain executive with a history of growing brands.

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.