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Heather Lalley

Editor, Foodservice Group

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Heather Lalley is an editor with Winsight's Foodservice Group, covering emerging restaurant concepts for Restaurant Business magazine and RB Online. She also works with Winsight's sister company Technomic to produce research-based reports on emerging restaurants and chains.

Heather spent nearly a decade as a reporter for the daily newspaper in Spokane, Wash. She is the author of "The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook," about chefs who work with area farmers. She holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the two-year baking and pastry program at Washburne Culinary Institute in Chicago.

She is the mother of two children and rarely passes up a chance to eat tater tots.

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MOD Pizza to add plant-based sausage

The fast-casual chain said it spent two years perfecting the vegan sausage crumble with Plantly.

Emerging Brands

Why health-focused chains are growing so fast

Concepts selling smoothies, salads and nutritionally balanced bowls topped the latest Buzzworthy Brands ranking, positioning themselves for swift post-pandemic growth.

The move comes as the coffee giant focuses on drive-thrus and convenience, rather than its higher-end offshoots.

In a super-tight labor market, operators big and small are increasing pay, offering more days off and trying other perks to staff up.

Williams had been a VP with the Mexican fast-casual chain since 2019.

The nearly 40-year-old fast casual, known for its hot foods serving line, is eyeing new store formats and upgraded tech to shorten the “customer journey” to its heaping plates of orange chicken.

The fast casual, which recently submitted documents to go public, said Spyce’s automation will allow it to speed throughput and let workers focus on food prep and hospitality.

Eight months after being acquired by Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, the fast-casual wing chain is eyeing robotic fry cooks and new equipment to shave cooking times amid a complete brand refresh.

The fast-growing fast casual received an undisclosed amount of money from two private firms, the 126-unit brand announced Monday.

On this special edition of the Buzzworthy Brands podcast, listen as founders of Main Squeeze Juice Company, Clean Eatz and Rush Bowls talk about keeping their eyes on the future even in challenging times.

The fast-casual concept just opened its 200th location, and CEO Scott Deviney said he and his team are focused on building a brand “that outlives us.”

Ghost kitchens and drive-thrus continued to be a plus during recent months.

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