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February 6, 2011


If there’s an overriding theme to the Feb. 6 issue, it’s “new directions.” First, many restaurant operators, buoyed by signs that consumers are starting to open their wallets once again, are talking long-delayed growth in the Finance section. Next, the wellness movement is gathering momentum, with a growing number of juice bars energetically popping up across the country. We explore several of those concepts in this issue’s Business Intel section. In that same section, you’ll find one of our new columns, “World Views,” aimed at those turning their gaze across the pond in the race for international growth. David Coffer, a 40-year veteran of the U.K.’s hospitality scene, pens that column drawing on a wealth of international experience — and the recognition that there are many new directions to pursue.

From the Editor

Building confidence
Executive editor Robin Lee Allen's insights on the Feb. 6, 2012, issue of NRN.

Issue Highlights

Dripping with potential
Juice-bar concepts look to capitalize on growing health-minded audience
North of the border
Mexican cuisine continues evolution in U.S. restaurants
Brands look to offer home meal replacement
Chains aim to take advantage of supermarket inflation with value messaging
Chains eye expansion amid uptick in consumer spending, demand
Consumer spending might pick up in 2012, say experts at the ICR XChange


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A look inside

Growth Chains: Currito
Brothers aim to build fast-casual burrito chain with focus on global flavors.
Commodities Corner: Volatile prices to persist
Expect another year of up-and-down costs.
World Views: London calling
A look at the UK market from David Coffer.
Maintaining customer trust through honesty
When Kenneth Boxer called, you could hear the sense of betrayal in his voice....
Tailoring the menu to meet guests' needs
Chains bend over backwards to make food the way customers want it.
Special Report: Smart machines
Operators invest in efficient, multitasking equipment to cut costs, boost sales.
Having Words With: Keith Miller
The Subway franchisee talks about issues facing the industry.
Purchasing power
Experts advise streamlining in key areas to reduce costs in supply chain.
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