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The State of Snacks

It’s 3 p.m., and there are still two hours left in the workday.

As the afternoon drags, a snack would be a great pick-me-up. There’s a vending machine in the break room and a convenience store down the street.

Better yet, how about something fresh from a restaurant?

Increasingly, consumers are looking at quick-service restaurants to grab a bite to eat during nontraditional dining hours, such as mid-morning, mid-afternoon, or late evening.

Chick-fil-A Opens Express Location in Omaha

For the first time in Omaha, Nebraska, Chick-fil-A’s famous chicken sandwiches, salads, and waffle fries will be available to the public.

Through a special arrangement with Mutual of Omaha food service provider Eurest, a Chick-fil-A Express location will open in the lobby of the Mutual of Omaha Bank building at 3333 Farnam St.

The Price of Global Growth

As international markets embrace a more Westernized diet, U.S. restaurants face the pressure of rising commodities costs.

Over the last decade, American quick-service behemoths such as McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Pizza Hut have surged into international markets and captured diners’ interests with American dishes. But new data shows the whole industry might pay a price for that global growth.

The growing appeal of U.S. fast food in international markets has shifted world commodity supplies and spurred rising prices.

Top 50 Breakdown by Market Segments

The top quick-serve and fast-casual brands in the nation.

Top 50 Unit Breakdown Sorted by 2010 Company Units

The top quick-serve and fast-casual brands in the nation.

Pumpkin Latte Will Return to Foodservice Operators

The countdown is on for the return of Starbucks’ most popular seasonal beverage – Starbucks Pumpkin Latte. In just a few short weeks, the warm, inviting fall spices and pumpkin flavor that make Starbucks Pumpkin Latte a customer favorite year after year will return to select Starbucks Foodservice operators beginning September 1, 2011.

NYC Program to Test Recycling with Quick Serves' Help

Non-profit organization Global Green USA announced that it is seeking quick-serve restaurants in New York City to participate in a sustainable packaging recycling program.

The pilot program, which is slated to run for a year and launch in late 2011, is aiming to secure 150 quick-serve stores and test the viability of recycling paper foodservice packaging.

The Good, Bad About Mobile Marketing

I’ve got some good news and some bad news.  

The good news? Mobile is hot! According to marketing services firm Listrak, there are more than 270 million mobile phones in use in the U.S. and 100 billion text messages are sent or received every month, making mobile the most popular way to communicate.

Google attributes $1 billion in revenue to mobile ads and consumer usage of mobile coupons is forecasted to exceed 300 million globally by 2014, according to Juniper Research.

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