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

in Reporter's Notebook 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
in Reporter's Notebook 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
in Reporter's Notebook 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
in Reporter's Notebook 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
in Reporter's Notebook 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
in Reporter's Notebook Feb 04, 2013

By The Numbers: McDonald’s’ Slower Growth in 2012, Challenge Ahead

McDonald's' 2012 U.S. systemwide sales grew 4.2 percent, to $35.59 billion, versus 2011, outpacing its total global sales growth of 2.7 percent,....More
in Reporter's Notebook Oct 14, 2011

LYFE Kitchen's 'cause' affects employees

CEO Mike Roberts on chain's projected positive impact....More
in Reporter's Notebook Oct 07, 2011

Domino’s exec: Avoiding common growth pitfall

J. Patrick Doyle, Domino's Pizza Inc. chief executive and MUFSO 2011....More
in Reporter's Notebook Oct 03, 2011

Foodservice romaine recall expanded to 19 states, Canada

Listeria found in recalled lettuce....More
in Reporter's Notebook Sep 29, 2011

Don Fox: Quadrupling Firehouse Subs’ size

Don Fox talks Firehouse's growth plans at MUFSO 2011....More

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