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How Social Entrepreneurs Are Changing Fast Food

Twenty years ago, restaurant brands like Chipotle and Panera Bread improved upon the fast-food model and created a more high-quality quick-service experience called "fast casual." Now, a new generation of social entrepreneurs are refining that fast-casual model even further and creating restaurant brands committed to higher-quality ingredients and supply chains, better employee wages, and a tight-knit connection to their communities.
The Fast Casual 2.0 movement is underway across the country, in brands like D.C.'s &pizza, L.A.'s Mendocino Farms, and New York's Dig Inn. In this panel, find out how this new generation of social entrepreneurs plan to change the way America eats forever.

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Questions

  1. What does the future of fast food look like, and how does it get there?
  2. How can restaurant companies afford to invest in their employees, products, and communities while keeping prices low?
  3. How can fast food brands affect greater social change?

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Organizer

Sam Oches, Editorial Dir, Food News Media


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