Bret Thorn

Senior Food Editor,
Nation's Restaurant News

Bret Thorn is responsible for reporting on culinary trends in foodservice. He joined Nation’s Restaurant News in 1999, after spending about five years as a journalist in Thailand, where he wrote business and food stories. His columns in NRN won the 2006 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for best staff-written editorial or opinion column. A magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University in Medford, Mass., with a bachelor’s degree in history, Mr. Thorn also studied at Le Cordon Bleu Ecole de Cuisine in Paris.

Menu Tracker: New items from Jamba Juice, Planet Smoothie, Sonny's BBQ
Smoothie operators, burger chains, casual-dining concepts roll out new menu items
Subway to deploy mobile payments
Nation’s largest restaurant chain will offer service through Softcard
Burger King: North American same-store sales rise 3.7%
Analyst praises master franchisee development approach to expansion
Seasons 52 founding chef departs for Bloomin' Brands
Clifford Pleau will focus on the menu at the operator’s Bonefish Grill concept
First Watch CMO talks quinoa, menu innovation
Breakfast and lunch chain scores with seasonal flavors and healthful items
Restaurant Menu Watch: Starbucks expands coconut milk test 
Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts have placed their flags in different camps when it comes to dairy-free milk alternatives
Menu Tracker: New items from IHOP, Quiznos, Red Lobster
Dunkin’ Donuts, First Watch, Hooters, Benihana, Saladworks, Mendocino Farms also introduce new items
Alcohol a missed opportunity at many fast-casual restaurants 
Potentially profitable drinks make up only a small percentage of sales for many brands
Study: Craft beer consumption in bars, restaurants rises 
Cider’s popularity is also booming, according to data from Technomic
Dunkin' Donuts introduces almond milk
Nondairy option now available at most U.S. locations
Menu Tracker: New menu items from Arby's, Coffee Bean, Sonic, more 
Del Taco, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, LongHorn Steakhouse, others also introduce new items.
ThinkFoodGroup names new CEO
Celebrity chef José Andrés’ company promotes Kimberly Grant
Restaurant Menu Watch: Tim Hortons tries Buffalo-inspired doughnut 
The chain offered a pull-apart yeast doughnut dunked in Buffalo sauce and crusted with crushed chips
Newk's names Jim Greco COO
Former CEO of Sbarro, Bruegger’s plans to expand operator’s development program
Darden to give activist investor Starboard four board seats
Casual-dining operator expects profitable fiscal 2015
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