The fast-casual sector may be small, but it’s growing more rapidly than the rest of the industry and is well-positioned to emerge as the next big restaurant segment, according to new data from market research firm The NPD Group. “Fast-casual concepts are in an excellent position for growth and are forecast to continue on a strong growth path over the next decade,” NPD analyst Bonnie Riggs said. While it only represents 7 percent of all quick-service chain units, fast ...

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