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The full-service business is witnessing one of the most transformative periods in its history, and the restaurants capitalizing on the current climate don’t play by accepted rules. Think streamlined menus. Clean, fresh, and craveable food. Adaptable, flexible, and dynamic footprints. Entrepreneurial cultures. Tech-ready and off-premises savvy. Hybrid models unafraid to cross segments.

Just like fast casual, these brands are also serving as change-agents for an entire category, establishing a new standard for employee care, culture, sustainability, vendor relationships, and expansion prospects.

We call it NextGen Casual, and this report dives deep into the defining elements and the actions needed to succeed in NextGen Casual Dining. And it concludes with the brands that Food News Media research has identified as the Top 50 NextGen Casual Dining Restaurants.

The only list you need for buying new products in the year ahead. Our 2022 Buyer's Guide is full of what's hot and what keeps the business running. Look for our favorites, anecdotes from experts, and insightful interviews that back up this year's picks.

The latest in the world of red meat. 

Why coffee and tea are even bigger gamechangers than usual. 

In 2020, suppliers stepped up for safety. Here's how.

The only list you need for buying new products in the year ahead. Our 2021 Buyer's Guide is full of what's hot and what keeps the business running. Look for our favorites, anecdotes from experts, and insightful interviews that back up this year's picks.

Here are some industry trends to keep on eye on heading into 2021. 

Here are some of the protein trends to keep on eye on. 

Trends in the world of pasta. 

Operators are falling in love with the huge upside of breakfast.

Trends in the world of sauces and condiments. 

The latest trends exploding in the world of beverage solutions.