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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

3 ways young consumers will change restaurants’ booze business

Consumers between the ages of 21 and 34 are transforming the alcoholic beverage market at restaurants and bars. The new On-Premise Intelligence Report from Technomic and the Beverage Marketing Corp. shows how.

If you’re waiting for consumers to return to their free-spending ways, make sure you’ve found a comfortable seat—it’s going to be a while.

The top three burger chains, all QSRs, own two-thirds of the category's sales.

Relations between franchisee and franchisor have always been a make-or-break dynamic for restaurant chains. But the prescription for a mutually lucrative partnership has been scrambled a bit by the Great Recession.

Health, shmealth—consumers want their fries, but not exactly in the same old way.

Frustration with the federal government bubbled over during a session of the Restaurant Leadership Conference, with attendees angrily complaining to the chairman of the National Restaurant Association about the political process and the group’s role in it.

Olive Garden asked a cross-functional team—finance, marketing, operations, communications and others—to build on its Never Ending Pasta Bowl promo.

While steakhouses and casual dining spots have suffered recently from a trading-down trend, the "better burger" segment has benefited from trading up.

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