Order-Matic Partners with Quail Digital

Order-Matic, provider of sales, marketing, and communications products to the quick-service restaurant sector, is collaborating with U.K. wireless communications specialist Quail Digital. 

Order-Matic will offer a comprehensive wireless communications system including Quail Digital’s new, Q-Pro5 lightweight wireless headset, plus lane timers, speaker posts, menuboards, and more.

The streamlined Q-Pro5 all-in-one, drive-thru system weighs just 3.5 ounces (30 percent less than its nearest competitor), giving comfort and ease to users.

Popeyes Franchisee Raises $485K for Muscular Dystrophy

Sailormen, Inc. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen “Appetite for a Cure” program continues to be a huge success.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen staff raised a record $484,797 by selling “Appetite for a Cure” coupon cards, which provide customers with great discounts while simultaneously benefiting the worldwide research programs of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Sailormen Inc. is the largest domestic franchisee of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants, with 143 locations in seven states. The company has raised more than $3 million for MDA since 2002. 

Popeyes Turns 40 in Style

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, a division of AFC Enterprises, Inc., invites guests to help celebrate 40 years of flavorful good cookin’ with a deal that can’t be beat—eight pieces of its famous BONAFIDE bone-in fried chicken, spicy or mild, for just $5.99 on March 21 only.

Popeyes BONAFIDE bone-in fried chicken is always marinated for 12 hours in authentic Louisiana herbs and spices, hand battered, and breaded in a unique crispy coating and fried up fresh.

Bower Promoted to President of U.S. at Popeyes

AFC Enterprises Inc., the franchisor and operator of Popeyes restaurants, announced that U.S. chief operating officer Ralph W. Bower has been named president of U.S. at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, the world's second-largest chicken chain based on number of units.

In his new role, Bower will be responsible for leading day-to-day U.S. operations for Popeyes restaurants. He will lead the Popeyes U.S. team in delivering strategic initiatives, ramping up quality unit growth, nurturing franchise relationships, and mining strategic insights to drive business decision making.

Popeyes Gets Wicked With Garlic Pepper

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen brings back Wicked Chicken with a twist this February with all new Garlic Pepper Wicked Chicken.

For a limited time, consumers can experience the flavor spin of Garlic Pepper Wicked Chicken with Cajun fries, a buttermilk biscuit, Garlic Pepper Parmesan Dipping Sauce, and a mini bottle of Tabasco brand Pepper Sauce for only $3.99 now through Feb. 19.

United Capital Lends $42 Million to Popeyes Franchisees

United Capital Business Lending, a national business lender specializing in franchised restaurant finance, announced today that it will allocate $42 million to qualified, multi-unit Popeyes franchisees in 2012.

The Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen chain recently designated United Capital as one of its lending partners for the franchisor’s 2012 reimaging initiative.

The Growth 40

In October, upstart fast-casual burger concept Burger 21 launched its franchise program. Rather than pursuing partners to build the brand across the national landscape, Front Burner Brands, the Tampa-based parent company of Burger 21 and the popular Melting Pot restaurants, identified its first growth market: Orlando.

“Mickey Mouse does wonders,” Burger 21 vice president of franchise development Dan Stone says. “Orlando may not be Times Square in Manhattan, but it’s the equivalent of that in the Southeast.”

Popeyes CMO Lynch Promoted to Chief Global Brand Officer

Convinced that great tasting food requires slow, careful preparation, in 2008 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, a division of AFC Enterprises Inc., embarked on a comprehensive brand transformation that emphasized its almost four decades of Louisiana-inspired home cooking. The initiative included a more contemporary logo, new brand advertising and tagline, distinctive new products, and a powerful messaging platform.

Top 3 Trends from Biggest Q3 Calls

Quick-serve companies wrapped up their quarter earnings calls and investor meetings earlier this month, paving the way for the final fiscal term of 2011 (or, in Starbucks’ case, the beginning of fiscal 2012).

Here are a few things to learn about the industry from the results.

1. Premium menu items are the name of the game. Though customers have clamored for value-driven items throughout the recession, quick-serve companies are turning to higher-quality fare to appeal to frugal-fatigued consumers.