Alaina Lancaster

Alaina Lancaster is the assistant editor at Restaurant Business/FoodService Director, specializing in legislation, labor and human resources. Prior to joining Restaurant Business, she interned for the Washington Monthly, The Riveter and The German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Alaina studied magazine journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism and currently lives in Chicago. She never backs down from a triple-dog-dare to try eccentric foods.

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14 staff recruiting strategies

Human resources experts from the c-store industry share how to stay staffed in tough labor markets.


Inside Peach Mart, an upscale convenience store from restaurateur David Chang

See what foods are for sale at the celebrity chef’s new venture, which is inspired by Asia’s c-stores.

Here are some little things operations are doing to help curb climate change.

Don’t let employees leave without doing these three things.

Here are three ways FSDs can be more open and transparent with their staff.

Here's some intel on your hiring competition. 

As if foodservice directors didn’t have enough on their plate, a tighter labor market means they often have to take a more active role in finding and keeping top talent.

Here’s how operators get employees on board with new leadership.

Earning the respect of a team can be tough. It can be even tougher as a 20-something.  

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