December 21, 2015
US-based fast casual operator Chipotle is under fire for food safety concerns as of late following outbreaks of E. Coli and norovirus linked to tainted food. Food safety scares usually follow a predictable pattern, but Chipotle has yet to identify exactly how and why their food supply was tainted. Its entirely possible that Chipotle has become […]
August 14, 2014
At a time when the US beef market is struggling with declining volumes and consumers are starting to care increasingly about ethics, sustainability, animal welfare and nutrition, differentiation offers a way forward for beef producers. The emergence of grass-fed beef is a clear manifestation of this trend. However, before grass-fed has any chance of becoming […]
January 7, 2014
  All photos by Euromonitor International The self-service cafeterias category isn’t generally seen as much of a global growth opportunity, but a new trend of high-quality, low-priced udon noodle chains sweeping across Japan has made it the fastest growing category in the highly mature market. Driven by two major chains, Marugame Seimen and Hanamaru Udon, […]
July 12, 2011
With the goal of driving evening traffic and appealing to a wider range of potential customers, fast food operators have started testing beer and wine in U.S. restaurants. The continuing lag in consumer spending has resulted in operators taking steps to drive traffic and increase average checks. Some have opted to remodel restaurants or increase […]
April 20, 2011
Looking to build upon the remarkable success of its Mexican fast casual concept, US chain Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced the launch of ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, combining the chain’s existing service model to the cuisine of Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam. The move represents one more step in the development of Asian fast food in […]
February 5, 2014
Fast-casual operator Chipotle is known for its sustainable practices and non-traditional advertising, but the chain is headed into new territory by launching an online TV show called “Farmed and Dangerous” premiering on Hulu.com. The show is a satirical look at the industrial farming industry in a similar vein to the company’s recent animated videos. With […]

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