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.

Executives reveal sales-driving beverage strategies 
Officials from top foodservice companies shared successful approaches at the Beverage Innovations Roundtable at the NRA Show
Back Yard Burgers CMO adds COO role 
Monte Jump lands further ops responsibilities amid turnaround effort
Bob Evans names Mark Hood CFO 
Hood replaces Paul DeSantis, who resigned last month
5 factors that affect restaurant pricing strategies 
Technomic conference panelists share consumer trends that influence menu price decisions
Experts: Winter weather slowed macroeconomic momentum 
Technomic Trends & Directions session stresses restaurants’ need to regionalize plans
Wendy's to reintroduce popular pretzel sandwiches 
Limited-time offers may become part of the permanent menu
IFA fights Chicago city council on $15 minimum wage proposal 
Trade group suggests the ordinance discriminates against franchisees
Study: Consumers expect more from limited-service restaurants 
Chains can stand out with mobile payment, delivery options, ambience, Technomic says
NRN Social 200: Restaurant YouTube campaigns boost engagement 
Burger King’s Subservient Chicken video spurs the most engagement for single piece of content
Krystal's 'Craver Cruiser' tour kicks off growth efforts 
Quick-service burger operator targets up to 170 new units by 2016
Arby's launches comprehensive remodeling program  1
Initiative includes new restaurant design, financing program, retraining effort
Subway to install Keurig brewers in thousands of units  1
Companies partner to place single-serve coffee and tea systems in U.S. locations
Restaurants blunt the impact of menu price increases 
Menu innovation, creative approaches soften blow of higher prices
McDonald's global same-store sales rise 0.9% in May 
Weakness persists in U.S., major markets
Tropical Smoothie Café: Menu innovation, financing drives expansion 
CEO Mike Rotondo discusses the quick-service operator's aggressive growth plans
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May 28, 2015

McDonald's and the problem with same-store sales

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Shake Shack just had a spectacular week

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