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Over the Hill: 40 Years of SBUX

It’s a rainy Monday morning in downtown Park Ridge, Illinois, a Rockwellesque suburb on Chicago’s northwestern edge. The overcast sky feels Seattle-like, a fitting day to observe the ebbs and flows of traffic at Starbucks.

At one stand-alone Starbucks location, once home to a community bank, interior tables fill with soccer moms, retirees, and laptop-wielding students. All morning, the line extends about six people deep.

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.

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