Articles from the May 2014 issue

Coffee giant Starbucks has invested in diversifying its product portfolio.

Experts weigh in on Starbucks’ recent growth and diversification strategy.

Quick service brand serves all vegan food to health conscious customers.

An all-vegan fast-casual chain, Native Foods boasts chef-curated salads, sandwiches, bowls, desserts, and specialty beverages.

Healthier and fresh quick service restaurant foods offer menu innovation.

Operators use high-quality, fresh ingredients to serve up dishes that manage to be both healthy and indulgent.

Making it easier for customers to watch their weight can be smart business.

How to beef up the lighter side of your menu.

Handcrafted ingredients and a nod to the past combine to create concepts that are modern in their traditionalism.

CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Kansas City–based sub shop offers staple deli sandwiches alongside uncommon protein options on fresh-baked bread.

The top news from the industry’s biggest event.

Quick-serve brands adapt marketing strategies to highlight sustainable meat.

As more fine-dining chefs insert themselves into the fast-casual industry, one thing is certain: Limited service will never be the same.  

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Before pursuing any growth opportunities, operators should have a clear understanding of who they are as a brand.

Regional flavors anchor quick-serve menus abroad.

Mobile platforms offer new tools for hiring, training, and retaining Millennial employees.

The Chicago-based chef is one of the country’s preeminent authorities on Mexican cuisine, and now he’s slowly expanding his influence into the fast-casual ranks.

How a young private equity firm came to own 16 restaurant brands with $11 billion in systemwide sales.

Sonic’s Limeades for Learning program helps create more vibrant classrooms.

An Erbert & Gerbert’s franchisee shares how he left his corporate career and joined with a friend in the franchise world.

New England–area McDonald’s franchisees give out free breakfast for new campaign.

Innovative foods and quirky marketing tactics help brands secure big business at fairs and festivals.

Study shows softer lighting, music contribute to healthier dining habits.

Everything you need to know to prepare for the industry’s biggest event.