Alan J. Liddle

J. Liddle
Director, Data & Event Content,
Nation's Restaurant News

Alan J. Liddle's duties include research and analysis for the Top 200, an annual three-year look at the U.S. sales, units and revenue of leading foodservice chains and companies. Liddle, who joined NRN in 1984 after working for daily and weekly newspapers and restaurants, also helps develop content for NRN conferences and webinars and reports on operations, technology and food safety. A graduate of Cal State Fullerton, he is married, with sons, 22 and 17.

Phone: 831.422.1744 Address: 36 Quail Run Circle, #100-F, Salinas, CA 93907

2013 Forecast & Trends
Five trends for 2013: Operations forecast 
Five operations trends forecast for 2013 include supply chain and technology
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New Pizza Factory CEO targets better margins, traffic 
Pizza Factory chief executive Mary Jane Riva has plans to reduce operational costs and drive additional guests
DiNella Hospitality acquires Go Roma 
New chief executive Ronald DiNella says there are changes ahead for the fast-casual Italian chain
FDA proposes new food safety rules 
Measures could impact the quality of food supplied to restaurants
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Research: Restaurant franchising to grow in 2013 
IFA research shows quick-service restaurants will be among the strongest performers in the U.S. franchising industry
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Checkers, Rally’s boost beverage sales via $1 offerings 
Company-owned units increased beverage sales 2 percent with $1 drinks offered at drive-thru windows
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Lighter news views to close out the year 
NRN's Alan J. Liddle recaps his fun tweets from 2012
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Wait-list management software improves restaurant operations 
Restaurant chains like Texas Roadhouse and Red Robin are using new wait-list technology designed for tablet computers
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Research: Operators reveal pros and cons of daily deals 
A new study from Cornell University and Rice University find restaurant operators have mixed views on internet daily deals
The latest trends in restaurant equipment efficiency 
Engineers from Food Service Technology Center say new technology and equipment can help reduce energy costs and increase efficiency
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Burger King franchisee details unit upgrade plans 
Heartland Food Corp. CEO Christopher J. Ondrula discusses his post-acquisition strategy after purchasing 121 Burger King restaurants
Eat 'n Park breaks down video surveillance strategy  1
Nation’s Restaurant News spoke with Eat ‘n Park director of safety and security Bill Moore about the family-dining chain's video surveillance strategy.
Restaurants divided on mobile payments platforms 
Square, Isis Mobile Wallet among platforms restaurants are testing
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Chefs extend brand with digital tools 
Michael Mina, Laurent Gras and more leverage online multimedia projects
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First Watch acquires two J. Christopher's units 

Breakfast, brunch and lunch concept operator First Watch Restaurants Inc. has entered the Atlanta market by acquiring two existing eateries.

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