Mark Brandau

Associate editor

Phone: 312.840.8435

Mark Brandau joined Nation's Restaurant News in 2005 as a desk editor, and since 2008 he has covered marketing and advertising trends for NRN and Following a move to NRN’s Chicago office in 2009, he began covering the largest foodservice chains based in the Midwest, including McDonald’s Corp. and Yum! Brands Inc. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Feeding the fracking boom 
Restaurant chains experience growth in smaller towns producing new energy
Krystal names Jason Abelkop CMO
Chris Kermode also tapped to lead supply chain
Restaurants spring into action for charity
Popeyes, Corner Bakery, Joe’s Crab Shack share cause marketing highlights
Domino’s credits same-store sales momentum for accelerated growth 
Nearly 50% of the chain's domestic sales are coming from digital channels
NPD: Restaurant traffic stuck in neutral
Foodservice visits flat in last 12 months, likely to remain stagnant
Wendy's drives engagement with 'Pretzel Love Songs' encore
Curtain call for Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger a hit with Facebook fans
McDonald's focuses on fundamentals to combat tough 2014 
Company looks to lay groundwork for major initiatives next year
Domino's Pizza 2Q profit rises 15.6%
Company continues add units, grow same-store sales
McDonald's 2Q profit dips slightly
Same-store sales flat due to traffic decrease, higher average check
Yum, McDonald's embroiled in Chinese supplier controversy
Companies drop meat vendor amid food safety investigation
Lessons on landing the big franchisee
Emerging brands stress systems, values, exclusivity to attract multiunit partners
Yum bullish on China recovery, Taco Bell breakfast 
Pizza Hut in need of turnaround after “disappointing” second quarter
Yum 2Q profit grows 18.9%
“Bounce-back year” gains momentum
Survey: McDonald's franchisees report dire outlook
Janney lowers same-store sales estimates after operators warn bad June, July results
Top restaurant ads accentuate brand strengths
Brands break through by emphasizing core attributes, Ace Metrix finds
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