Technology has become a major common thread here at the Food Institute Blog, as the tech industry and the food industry are becoming increasingly intertwined. We have noted how the advent of services like Instacart and AmazonFresh have changed the grocery industry, and how platforms like DoorDash, GrubHub and Amazon Alexa are shaking up the restaurant industry. We've even been surprised by the introduction of what I'll call "extreme convenience" programs, such as Walmart and Amazon's efforts to deliver groceries straight into customers' refrigerators. Now, I'm baffled yet again by the...read more
Over the past few years, the fast-casual restaurant industry has enjoyed a surprising ride of profits, popularity and prestige. And now, the results are in: Technomic's annual Top 250 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurant Report was released, and it's time to dig into the results to get a better view of what happened in the fast-casual dining segment in 2015. But how will the industry fare in 2016?read more
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