Nation’s Restaurant News has selected five emerging foodservice brands as its 2014 Hot Concepts award recipients.

Hot Concepts recognizes forward-thinking companies at the leading edge of foodservice that also show strong potential for growth.

This year’s honorees are strong on healthy eating and made-from-scratch freshness, while also featuring a chicken segment contender and an operator in the less populated bacon-burger niche.  

The Hot Concepts honorees for 2014 are LYFE Kitchen, PDQ, Protein Bar, Slater’s 50/50 and Snap Kitchen. These standout brands will be honored at the Hot Concepts celebration, sponsored by e*Restaurant from Altametrics, during the MUFSO 2014 conference, which takes place Oct. 5–7 in Dallas.

“At NRN, we are surprised and delighted every year with our Hot Concepts winners and what they deliver. They’re always bold, creative and built to succeed with today’s consumers who embrace new ideas,” says NRN editor-in-chief Sarah Lockyer. “We look forward to celebrating these outstanding brands during the MUFSO show.”

Now in its 20th year, Hot Concepts is one of the industry’s most prestigious award programs. Winners are selected by the editorial team of Nation’s Restaurant News.

Find out more about each of the 2014 Hot Concepts winners: