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The FARE Leaders in Foodservice Awards recognize innovation and execution in different types of operations and bring them together for a best-in-class panel discussion. Honorees balance culinary creativity with a greater business plan; exemplify the evolution of foodservice to meet changing consumer needs; and are already seen as leaders within their respective segments.
“If there’s a theme among this year’s winners, it’s leading innovation,” says Abbie Westra, group director for Winsight’s retail division, who worked with the FARE Advisory Council and the editorial teams of Restaurant Business, FoodService Director, CSP and Convenience Store Products to select the companies to be recognized. “Each of the brands has made it a priority to feed the evolving demands of their consumers, offering unique menus, operating platforms or experiences.”
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Domino’s is dodging the sales slowdown that has been hamstringing other restaurant operations, posting a 10.2% domestic same-store sales gain for the first quarter of 2017, following a 12.2% increase in fourth-quarter 2016. Since the chain famously dissed its pizza in commercials promoting revamped pies, it has been upgrading everything from its ordering technology to its staff training to its store design. This year, Domino’s jumped onto the ranking of the Top 10 chain restaurants by U.S. systemwide sales, and it shows no signs of slowing.
When Ron Green opened Another Broken Egg Cafe in 1996, his vision was to create a more upscale concept with a foodie-driven menu. The chain now has about 60 locations, most franchised, and increased sales by 17% in 2016. This breakfast-lunch chain leans on its cozy French country ambiance, upscale breakfast and brunch dishes and $12 average check to set it apart. The menu balances indulgent items with healthier ones and offers cocktails, including a bloody Mary and mimosa.
QuikTrip has only been doing fresh food for about a decade, but the convenience-store chain is seen as an industry leader. Its focus is on providing clean, well-maintained locations, outstanding customer service and quality gasoline, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The chain has invested millions of dollars creating its own food commissary, hiring recipe specialists, and launching a fresh food and gourmet coffee program. Last year, it made an estimated $430 million in foodservice sales.
With the resources of one of the nation’s most prominent tech companies behind it, how does Microsoft Global Dining Services harness all that power? By providing diners transparency about where their food comes from and how it’s taken care of, such as the “misfit produce” program that endorses imperfect produce, and the hydroponic towers that grow lettuce and microgreens onsite. With an estimated $110 million in revenue, Microsoft is the largest business-and-industry foodservice provider in the country.