Alan J. Liddle

Managing Editor, Special Projects , 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, 19 and 14.

Posts by Alan J. Liddle

Dec 30, 2014

International development insights, numbers and morals

International development veteran Jean Jacquemetton said the unit closures in South Korea recently announced by Outback Steakhouse exemplify "the....More
Dec 08, 2014

Using Taco Bell's ordering and payment mobile app

The food customization feature of Taco Bell's mobile app has the potential to increase user spend, two of the five Nation's Restaurant News editors....More
Nov 12, 2014

Social marketing without a smartphone app

Today there is “social marketing” tied to such virtual worlds as FaceBook, Twitter and Pinterest, and then there’s social marketing....More
Oct 31, 2014

Chuck E. Cheese’s, Peter Piper Pizza numbers – Last looks for a spell?

The Oct. 17 announcement that Peter Piper Pizza had been acquired by CEC Entertainment Inc. means there is a new $1 billion-plus domestic sales....More
Feb 10, 2014

Insights about the success of powerful industry execs

What futurist Daniel Burrus and Starbucks' Howard Schultz and Chipotle's Steve Ells have in common. Hint: ideas about how to spin commodity straw....More
Jan 02, 2014

The numbers behind Yum! Brands' newly combined U.S. and international divisions

Apart from the stated strategic pluses, Yum's combination of international and U.S. divisions may yield public relations advantages, as well....More
Sep 23, 2013

What they didn't tell you about McDonald's' mobile payments trials

A wireless carrier backed virtual wallet is one of the mobile payments technologies being tried on for size by McDonald's....More
Feb 28, 2013

Rick Federico on mentoring, the Norman way (video)

His actions during an employee's going-away lunch epitomized why Norman Brinker, the iconic founder of Steak and Ale and Brinker International, was....More
Feb 08, 2013

Jimmy John’s, The Early Years (Video)

J.J. Liautaud on Jimmy John's' beginnings – A teller-and-the-tale video offering glimpses of the personality behind a story or its retelling....More
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