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Nation's Restaurant News Unveils Fastest-Growing Restaurants Report


Nation's Restaurant News Unveils Fastest-Growing Restaurants Report

NRN Invests in Business Intelligence and Launches First Dedicated, Searchable Database Targeted to Foodservice Industry Decision Makers

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NEW YORK, Aug. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Nation's Restaurant News (NRN) today unveiled the Top 200 Fastest-Growing Chain Restaurants Report, fueled by NRN's Top 200 census representing $291.6 billion in total U.S. sales and a year-over-year increase of 3%.

Nation's Restaurant News Unveils Fastest-Growing Restaurants Report (PRNewsfoto/Nation's Restaurant News)

Key highlights include:

The fastest-growing restaurant segments within the Top 200 are bakery-café (+7.7%), chicken (+7.3%), counter-service Mexican (+6.8%), convenience stores (+4.8%) and beverage/snack (+4.7%).

The 10 fastest-growing chain restaurants (ranked by U.S. foodservice systemwide sales growth in the latest completed fiscal year) include:

  1. MOD Pizza
  2. Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza
  3. Shake Shack
  4. First Watch
  5. Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
  6. Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
  7. Fuzzy's Taco Shop
  8. Tropical Smoothie Cafe
  9. Black Bear Diner
  10. Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

The average rate of U.S. systemwide sales growth among these fast-growing restaurants is 34.8%.

The Fastest-Growing Restaurants Report can be found, here.

The Top 200, now in its 45th year, offers a comprehensive picture of the health of the foodservice industry's largest restaurant chains.

The Top 200 census includes data and analysis on U.S. systemwide sales, restaurant unit counts, franchised units, estimated sales per store, growth and same-store sales. The report also identifies emerging restaurants on the rise and the largest foodservice companies ranked by revenue.

"For more than four decades, the Top 200 has been the barometer of restaurant performance. Now, the Top 200 is even more powerful with the addition of the Fastest-Growing Restaurants Report. The report outlines the strategies behind the chains dominating sales and unit growth," said Jenna Telesca, editor-in-chief of Nation's Restaurant News.

"Our editorial team remains committed to delivering foodservice players with accurate data and informed, researched analysis to grow their businesses."

First Dedicated, Searchable Database for the Foodservice Industry
Today, NRN is launching the first dedicated, searchable database featuring the NRN Top 200 census. Available to NRN paid subscribers, the new site provides a customized user experience of the restaurant sales, growth, unit and segment data. It offers three years of data, broken down by 22 restaurant segments and sub-segments. Specifically developed for today's mobile-first environment, the site allows users to filter, sort and explore the complete report.

To view the searchable database, visit:           

"NRN data and analytics have long been the benchmark for the industry. Creating this new engaging digital resource will enable more users to access content that pertains to their specific interests and identify trends and opportunities," said Laura Viscusi, publisher of NRN Restaurant & Food Group.

"As foodservice business decision makers are increasingly looking for industry intelligence and insights to drive their businesses forward, our new dynamic environment will play an important part in their intelligence gathering."

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About Nation's Restaurant News (NRN)
NRN Restaurant & Food Group is the No. 1 source of business information for the foodservice industry. For more than 50 years, our venerable brands, Nation's Restaurant News, Restaurant Hospitality, Food Management, Supermarket News and MUFSO have served the information and engagement needs of foodservice and food retail professionals. Offering integrated media solutions from digital to print and events, the NRN Restaurant & Food Group is the media brand foodservice brands, executives, operators and advertising agencies turn to daily to help them tackle the challenges facing the foodservice industry.

About Informa
NRN Restaurant & Food Group is part of Informa, the international business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events group. Informa serves commercial, professional and academic communities, helping them connect and learn, and creating and providing access to content and intelligence that helps people and businesses work smarter and make better decisions faster.

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Jenna Telesca
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