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Consumer Trends

The 10 most craveable chain sandwiches

Customers reveal which chain subs spark their strongest yearnings.

Top 500 Chains


The made-to-order sub chain is known for its toasted sandwiches

My dog, a lesser wit in the realm of statistics, is a veritable Einstein in spotting possibility.

The former Krystal CEO succeeds Stuart Mathis.

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.

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.

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

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.

The new menu items will be available for a limited time.

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