Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) May 28, 2014 - The fastest growing segment of the restaurant industry continues to be fast casual and the editorial team of FastCasual.com has announced its annual list of the segment's most significant brands, people and trends.
Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint was named a top 50 brand for 2014, coming in ranked 27th among a distinguished line-up of fast casual brands. The recognition marks Uncle Maddio's first appearance on fastcasual.com's annual list. Uncle Maddio's quick success and impressive 214 percent growth in 2013 contributed to the recognition as a top 50 brand. With more units opening this year, Uncle Maddio's is positioned to continue its great success as a premium fast casual restaurant and leader in the build-your-own-pizza market.
"The 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers"publication was released recently for download, after an awards gala last night in Chicago, timed to coincide with the National Restaurant Association tradeshow. Both "The Top 100" and the event were sponsored by restaurant equipment manufacturer, Henny Penny.
Judges determined the top 50 brands based on industry nominations and subsequent debate on the significance of the nominees to the segment. Criteria included innovation, growth, social responsibility and overall contribution. In addition, the judges acknowledged the 20 industry executives who have most contributed to the evolution and health of fast casual, the most influential menu innovations, and the most impactful food and technology trends.
"The recognition by Fast Casual is great validation for the hard work we and our franchisees do every day," says Matt Andrew, Founder and Chief Pizza Maker, Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint. "We are honored to be included as a top 50 brand and look forward to expanding into new markets in 2014 and beyond."
"This year's competition was fiercer than ever; we had nearly 900 nominations," said Cherryh Butler, senior editor of FastCasual.com.
"The Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers represent those brands, individuals and trends that are truly moving the needle in our industry," said Jason Moles, field marketing manager of Henny Penny. "We are excited to partner once again with Networld Media Group and FastCasual.com to recognize these innovative brands."
Of the $231 billion limited-service category, fast casuals now account for $34.5 billion, according to Technomic. The fast casual segment is driving the majority of growth in the restaurant industry, increasing sales 11 percent in 2013, compared to the industry average of 3.5 percent.
Uncle Maddio's, the original fast casual pizza concept, was founded six years ago and is the fastest growing franchise in this new category. The restaurant chain is driving a new pizza trend by catering to customers' expectations for great tasting, reasonable priced and customized pizza with high quality ingredients. The secret to Uncle Maddio's success are the limitless choices – more than 5-million combinations available – in the limited service marketplace. Guests can specify their exact pizza preferences – healthy or indulgent – baked to order and served up quickly while they enjoy Uncle Maddio's comfortable dining rooms, and all for a great price.
Celebrating its 5th year, Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint is the original create-your-own fast casual pizza restaurant. Operating 19 restaurants in seven states, Uncle Maddio's is the fastest growing fast casual pizza brand in the US, with an additional 35 franchise restaurants in development for 2014, and 175 units committed through its franchisee network. Uncle Maddio's pizzas are completely customizable, made-to-order for under $7. Uncle Maddio's offers four pizza sizes, three types of crusts, including gluten-free, six sauces, and 48 fresh toppings, many vegan, organic, and hormone-free. The freshest and largest menu in the category, Uncle Maddio's also serves toasted paninis and gourmet salads -- all prepared with locally sourced ingredients and salad dressings that are made daily. Based in Atlanta, Uncle Maddio's management team has 70 years combined experienced in the fast casual category. Uncle Maddio's has targeted Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, and Virginia.
FastCasual.com is the world's most-read news and information source to cover fast casual restaurants, which combine the speed of quick-service brands with an atmosphere and food quality typically associated with casual dining establishments.
Henny Penny continues more than 50 years of innovation that began in Eaton, Ohio USA with the first commercial pressure fryer in 1957. Today, Henny Penny offers a wide range of high quality foodservice equipment designed for easier operation, greater flexibility and lower operating costs. Product lines include pressure and open fryers, combi ovens, rotisseries, holding cabinets, and display merchandisers. These products and complete start-up, service, training and technical support, are available through Henny Penny's exclusive worldwide distributor network. For more information on the company, visit http://www.HennyPenny.com.
Ellen Weaver Hartman
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