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Leadership

Panera Bread makes 2 C-suite appointments

Former Sweetgreen President Karen Kelley was named chief restaurant officer and Sonic veteran Anita Vanderveer was appointed chief people officer.

Operations

The top 9 restaurant trends of 2018

A challenging year brought fundamental shifts in the market and a white-elephant sale of troubled concepts.

Here's a look back at the news eruptions that shaped the restaurant industry in 2018.

Inspire now operates brands that generate more than $12 billion in annual system sales.

These LTOs tempted customers in October.

Claudia San Pedro will lead the company after it is sold to Inspire Brands.

See which LTOs resonated with customers the most during September, when comfort foods made a comeback.

The deal will give Inspire Brands its third major chain and fourth overall.

The company said that its same-store sales and traffic increased over the summer.

They join seven major chains that agreed last month to stop the practice, under threat of a lawsuit.