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Qdoba Names Keith Guilbault Brand President

DENVER—Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ:JACK) announced yesterday that its subsidiary Qdoba Mexican Easts has a new brand president. Current brand president Tim Casey will step down, effective June 3. Its new brand president will be Keith Guilbault.

Better Safe than Sorry, Chipotle

The brand that started the “fresh movement,” is hoping for a fresh start. It took Chipotle twenty-two years to transform itself from a burrito stand to a $23 billion quality brand. They did it by meeting customer expectations regarding the values of fresh, locally sourced, customizable food at a fair price. Oh, and it was generally agreed the brand had integrity.

If Chains Are Growing, Why Does Everyone Talk about Independents?

I recently attended an excellent conference in Hamburg, Germany put on by Gretel Weiss, the publisher of FoodService Europe & Middle East magazine. The crowd there was fantastic. There are great sponsors and there is always great content.  One of the presenters waxed eloquent about the dynamic and creative foodservice developments in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, saying that these things were on their way across the US and to Europe.

Noncommercial Foodservices Showing Growth Signs

CHICAGO — Noncommercial foodservice operations accounted for 34 percent of total U.S. foodservice sales in 2012, garnering over $200 billion in sales, according to Technomic Inc.

Smashburger Opens 100th Store

Inside a Smashburger in Kentucky
Being served as customer #27 inside a Kentucky Smashburger, photo/bmm

DENVER — Better burger concept Smashburger announces that it has opened the doors of its 100th store with the grand opening of a Schaumburg, Illinois franchise on April 27.

PE Firm Buys Noodles

Noodles & Company
A Noodles & Company restaurant in Salt Lake City, photo/bmm

GREENWICH, Conn. – Connecticut-based private equity firm Catterton Partners has purchased a controlling stake in franchise chain Noodles & Co. of Colorado.

2010’s Twenty Largest Fast-Casual Franchises

CHICAGO – The year 2009 was tough for a number of big fast-casual franchise chains.