Shake Shack and BurgerFi are the Only Burger Chains to Get an A on the Annual Antibiotics Report Card

The industry has evolved over the years to meet the demands of today's diners. Consumers have made it clear that they expect higher quality food product from restaurants.

With that being said, this has fueled the better-burger movement.

But this sector has quickly become competitive with so many brands for the consumer to choose from. There’s Shake Shack, Five Guys, Shula Burger, Burger 21, BurgerFi and so many more in the mix stealing away customers from McDonald’s and other quick-serve burger joints promising a better-burger burger product.

According to the latest antibiotics report card, only two burger chains out of the 25 graded received the grade A–BurgerFi and Shake Shack.

These chains are the only ones on the list serving antibiotic-free beef.

"What's interesting about that is they also happen to be what I think of to be these younger upstarts that are disrupting the normal kind of operational model that burger chains have use for decades now, and customers are really responding to that," said Lena Brook, lead researcher of the report to "CNN." "They are being rewarded for the good food that they are serving and the good practices that stand behind that food, and serving responsibly raised beef is a part of that new business model."

But all the other chains graded, including Wendy's, McDonald's, In-N-Out Burger–all received a D minus or F.

Wendy's responding that the company is working toward its goal of serving only antibiotic-free beef and pork.

"As we go forward, we have a goal of eliminating routine antibiotic use in our beef and pork supply, while protecting the need for targeted, therapeutic use of an antibiotic in the limited cases where a sick animal needs to be treated individually, or in the unlikely case that animals have been exposed to an illness and treatment with an antibiotic is necessary to prevent a disease outbreak," said Liliana Esposito, chief communications officer for Wendy's wrote in a blog post.

In-N-Out said in February 2016 that the company is also aiming to try to eliminate antibiotics in its beef products, but according to the report, the QSR chain has yet to report on its progress.

Read more about the report at "KTLA" now.

Earlier in the year, we sat down with Shack Shack CEO Randy Garutti to see how the chain has become a fan-favorite and some of the brand's secrets to success.

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Miami's American Harvest Cuts Food Costs with Seasonal Sourcing

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On this episode of Fast Casual Nation, we talk to the founders of a concept that has quickly established itself as a loved brand in Miami.

Consumers today are demanding much more from restaurants. They expect clean, locally sourced ingredients, quick service, and affordable prices. While many restaurants try to offer all of these things, few can successfully execute without sacrificing their margins.

American Harvest Co., a concept started by Grove Bay Hospitality Group in the Brickell City Center, seems to have found the right balance.

With a menu focused on clean eating, American Harvest serves up minimally processed foods. They use words like ‘GMO-free’, ‘grass-fed’, and ‘organic,’ to support their commitment to sustainable practices and sourcing local.

With decades of experience combined between the top three minds of the leadership team, the Grove Bay Group has perfected every aspect of American Harvest Co. and now they market it as their growth brand.

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Support Local at Brickell's American Harvest

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Consumers today expect much more from restaurants. They demand clean ingredients that are locally sourced. They demand quick service at affordable prices. Many restaurants have tried to offer all of these things but not without sacrificing their margins. However, American Harvest Co. seems to have found the right balance in order to scale their healthy concept. American Harvest Co. is a concept started by Grove Bay Hospitality Group in Brickell with a focus on “Delicious. Clean. Eating.”

With a menu focused around clean eating, American Harvest serves up “minimally processed foods.” GMO-free, grass-fed, and organic are all words used to describe the dishes served up at the Brickell City Center restaurant. The concept also prides itself on its commitment to sustainable practices and sourcing local. Take for example their craft sodas and beer selection.

“We also developed our own soda recipes with a local vendor and they’re all organic cane sugar sodas. We also brought in some wine and some beer, locally-- some craft Florida beers,” says Co-Founder and CEO Francesco Balli.

The restaurant has a farmhouse kitchen feel, using pictures of old Florida and old Brickell to relay the fact that they are a Miami brand. Grove Bay owns a number of restaurants like the Big Easy WIne Bar right next door, but identify American Harvest as their “growth brand. The team plans to open their second location in South Miami where they will give it its own local flavor.

“Miami over all is having a little bit of a culinary renaissance in and of itself and Brickell is definitely a reflection of that,” says Balli.

With a menu including grass-fed burgers, cage-free rotisserie chicken, and and sustainable tuna, American Harvest Co. is a place you can feel good about eating at.