Archive | July, 2012

Restaurant Data: Top Ten Highest Grossing Restaurants in the US

24 Jul

This has been a really exciting week for us here at CHD Expert.

We had a great opportunity to work with Forbes Magazine to put together an article that talks about the highest grossing restaurant in the United States. The article came out digitally last week, but is being published in this week’s (August 6th) Forbes printed magazine. The article is titled, “How Bob Chinn’s Crab House Became the Highest-Grossing Restaurant In The U.S..” If you haven’t had a change to read it, you should check it out as we have identified some surprising restaurant data.

In addition to identifying the top grossing restaurant in the US, we also wanted to share the complete list of the top ten highest grossing restaurants in the US with our readers. So, we are pleased to share the information:

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So, if you are looking for other types of restaurant data, or to get more insights on the restaurant industry, contact us. Email us at or give us a call  (312) 768-6900.


Helping Foodservice Providers who focus on the education industry

17 Jul

This month has been full of great tradeshows and conferences all centered around foodservice in the education industry. Today, we wanted to write a short post talking about how CHD Expert has a solution framework for foodservice industry professionals (distributors, manufacturers, chain restaurants, etc.) to improve their sales and marketing efforts.

Given the ever changing landscape of the foodservice industry, providers are finding the process of using existing information sources for their targeted sales and marketing programs an increasingly difficult proposition. The good news for them however, is that this is our specialty. We collect, manage, update operator contact data for the foodservice industry. Our database is updated monthly with new openings and closings and it’s our job to keep on top of the constant turn over. This means, that foodservice companies can operate their business more efficiently because their marketing and sales efforts are getting to the right contacts. And, we have several different data segments, and one of them is specific to the education industry. We have over 141,000 operator contacts specific to the education industry. Click here to check them out.

Here is a practical example of how some of our clients use our services as it relates to helping foodservice providers in the education space. Let’s say that McDonald’s is looking to understand the current fast food landscape at colleges and universities on the east coast as they are looking to expand into more locations. Of course, they would want to make a strategic decision about where to open up another franchise, and we have the data that can help make that decision. With the help of CHD FIND (Foodservice Industry National Database) we can help businesses like McDonalds visualize foodservice venues on campus and contact foodservice directors. The benefit here is that our information is updated monthly which means that our contact information and landscapes are accurate.

If you think that you could benefit from having optimized data for your sales and marketing team, give us a call (1888 243 0154). We’d love to connect you with one of our experts who will walk you through a demo of our product offering. We’d also be happy to give you a 30-day free trial of Easy2Find. Sign up now to get started.

Free School Lunch Program: What is it and how to get in contact with these schools

13 Jul

With the School Nutrition Association 66th Annual National Conference just a few days away, we decided to do a blog post on the National School Free Lunch Program. This meal program operates in over 100,000 public and non-profit private schools, and residential child care institutions across the United States. This is a federally assisted program aimed at providing nutritional, balanced, affordably priced or free lunches to approximately 31,000,000 school children each day (2010). This program was expanded by Congress in 1998 to also account for reimbursement of snacks that are provided during afterschool enrichments programs.

For each meal that they serve, both school districts and independent schools who partake in the program, are eligible to receive cash subsidies and USDA foods from the US Department of Agriculture. They must also serve food and lunches that meet Federal requirements regarding dietary guidelines. For example it is recommended that no more than 30% of calorie intake come from fat and that less than 10% come from saturated fat. Additional regulations state that school lunches provide 1/3 of the recommended dietary allowance for: Iron, Calcium, Calories, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Protein.

However, while school lunches must abide by the Federal nutrition guidelines, the decision of who the school district will buy its food from is normally decided on the local level. Therefore it is important for foodservice providers to be well educated when selling their product to the local school districts and other schools.

If you are looking for more information about the National School Lunch Program, you should look at the USDA website. And if you are a foodservice provider looking to connect with the heads of the foodservice departments at your local school district, we should talk. We have the contact information for 13,000 School Districts, 13,000 Pre-Schools, 92,000 elementary schools, and a lot more. To access this information or get a better understanding about our database, give us a call and we’d be happy to share.

College Foodservice Database & the NACUFS National Conference

6 Jul

The 2012 National Association of Campus and University Food Service (NACUFS) National Conference  is just around the corner (July 11th-14th) and it looks like its going to be a great show. This year’s attendees will hear speeches from some of the industries brightest minds including: Ming TsaI, Dr. John Francis and Robert Landolphi.  One of the other noteworthy pieces of this conference is the exhibit floor. This year, there are going to be more than 360 booths where you’ll find products, services, and ideas to take back to your operations. This is a great conference for foodservice industry professionals and we’d recommend attending.

Additionally, if you are looking for more information or data around university and college foodservice, we can help.  We have the world’s largest foodservice database. Via our foodservice solution framework, we help foodservice channel members connect with the right target audience, even if it’s as specific as university foodservice operators. Through our database, we provide businesses with the ability to visualize foodservice venues on campus and contact foodservice directors. Getting this granular level of foodservice operator data is our specialty.

What does this mean? This means that we have a university and campus foodservice database with detailed operator contact information. For example, if you want to contact the director of foodservice operations at a particular university because you want to introduce your new “to-go,” box that would be perfect for on campus dining facilities, we have the contact information for these decision makers. In addition, here are some of the other details our foodservice university database can provide you with:


  • Contact Details
  • Number of Schools in the District
  • Operation Type (Managed / Self-op)
  • # Free & Reduced Lunches
  • Ownership Type (Public / Private)
  • Enrollment
  • Number of Meals per Day

Moreover, you can also segment the education database by:


  • Operation type (self-operated, aramark, sodexo…)
  • Enrollment (250 and less, 251 to 500…)
  • Number of meals per day

If you’d like to receive more information about our foodservice education database, feel free to contact us. We’d be happy to give you a demo of our Database and a free 30-Day trial. Just click here to register for more info. Have a great day!

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