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Heather Lalley

Editor, Foodservice Group

Articles by
Heather Lalley

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Chipotle needs to crack the throughput code

The chain’s future growth rests on how many burritos and bowls it can churn out every minute, CEO Brian Niccol said.


Chipotle posts highest profit margins since 2015

The burrito chain credits price increases, fewer promos and lower beef prices for its 24.5% operating margins in Q2—the best since it was plagued by food safety incidents six years ago.

Tebow embodies the chain’s values of “healthy, clean living,” the company said, and will appear in a national TV spot and more promotions for the brand.

The fast-growing chain promoted SVP Andrew Thengvall to chief development officer and hired two new people to his team.

The fast-casual salad concept completed the largest funding round in its history and intends to open more restaurants and expand its sustainability initiatives.

The fast-growing hot dog chain confidentially submitted documents to begin the initial public offering process.

The Focus Brands’ fast-casual chain is in the midst of a major reinvigoration that includes new store designs, modernization, menu changes and more.

In a tight labor market, chain restaurant marketers say they’re now working harder than ever to make their restaurants attractive not only to future customers but to prospective employees.

The Local Legends Fund will help independent operators with needed repairs and upgrades to keep their doors open for local business as well as nationwide shipping through the e-commerce platform.

The move is part of a full rebrand for the cold-pressed juice concept.

The Korean fried chicken chain said it is seeing AUVs comparable to its full-service restaurants with a smaller footprint, less labor and pared-down menu.

Brian Niccol said the fast-casual burrito chain is feeling the impact of rising prices.

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