January 2017

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‘Simple’ Growth Brand Wingstop Opens Location 1,000

Dallas-based Wingstop has opened location No. 1,000, a major milestone for a brand defined by its simplicity.


Bob Evans: Out of the Restaurant Business, Back to Farming

Bob Evans Restaurants and BEF Foods are splitting in a major move that allows the company to focus on its high-margin consumer packaged good business.


Kasriel Says Too Early to Forecast a Recession in 2017

However, investor expectations of U.S. economic growth will be disappointing in the first half of 2017 predicts economist Paul Kasriel based on his analysis of the slowdown in the growth of commercial bank credit and the monetary base in December 2016.


Chipotle Names New Agencies To ‘Evolve’ Marketing Program

Moving beyond billboards with tinfoil-wrapped monster burritos, Chipotle is ready for a new marketing campaign.


Here’s Why Diners Are Losing Their Appetite

Bonnie Riggs, a veteran researcher at the NPD Group, noticed a numerical anomaly as she examined last year’s industry traffic. It stopped halfway through 2016, then nosedived.


Casual Diner Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Absorbs Largest Franchisee

In this era dominated by refranchising, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is bucking the trend.