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Papa Murphy's Pizza

10 Groundbreaking Concepts

10 groundbreaking concepts: 2014

As concepts fight for a foothold in the crowded restaurant industry, determination to be on the cutting edge drives many decisions. These 10 groundbreakers all pushed the envelope during the last 12 months in terms of both design and operation, bending traditions and blurring lines within their typical space to set new directions.

Jean Birch assumes leadership of Papa Murphy's

The onetime president of IHOP, Romano's Macaroni Grill and Corner Bakery Cafe takes over from Ken Calwell.

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 nostalgic, no-cook treat is popping up beyond ice cream joints.

About a tenth of company stores will be shuttered as part of a turnaround that also calls for adding delivery.

The take-and-bake pizza chain started testing third-party delivery through Amazon

The former ProFlowers executive will lead the pizza chain's marketing efforts.

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.

Technomic looks at consumers’ assessments of more than 60 attributes in order to determine the winners of its annual Chain Restaurant Consumers’ Choice Awards.

The QSR Plus subsegment continues to be a sweet spot, with chains such as In-N-Out Burger and Culver’s scoring well for made-to-order fare served at a value price.

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