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Freshii founder Matthew Corrin supporting upstart companies with incubator.

Healthy fast-casual concept Freshii has expanded rapidly since Matthew Corrin founded the company in 2005. Now Corrin hopes to fuel the growth of likeminded food entrepreneurs by launching a business...

Zaxby's new Cobb Zalad offers premium fast casual menu item for a higher cost.

The fast-casual category has been the fastest-growing restaurant segment over the past two years, according to market research firm Technomic, as operators in the category continue to effectively balance...

Krispy Kreme released its pumpkin-themed fall lineup a month early this year.

Quick-service operators are launching seasonal menu items earlier this fall in an effort to beat their competition to the punch. From pumpkin doughnuts to caramel apple frozen yogurt, fall-flavored menu...

NYC Bagel Deli sold more than 10,500 Groupon deals for the brand last May.

Two years ago, daily-deal sites such as Groupon, LivingSocial, and a host of other regional and national players boomed as customers clamored for discounted products and services. Many of the sites...

Taco Bell sponsored a film focused on popular rock band Passion Pit.

Today’s young adults and teenagers—Millennials and Gen Z—are a coveted consumer demographic in quick service and are driving industry trends. Reaching these consumers, however, is an evolving process,...

Newton's Noodles is a fast casual spin off of a Washington DC restaurant.

Executive chef Dennis Friedman is a classically trained culinary artist and owner of Newton’s Table, a popular fine-dining restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland. Later this summer, he’ll open a new restaurant...

Tourists and travelers flock to quick service restaurants like Teddy's in Hawaii

Tourists in the U.S. are spending more at restaurants than ever before, good news for quick-serve operators as summer vacationing enters its home stretch.

The National Restaurant Association (NRA)...

Premium soda options like Boylan satisfy Millennial desire for better beverages.

Handcrafted. Natural. Artisan. Signature. These foodie buzzwords may have once described decadent pizzas or burgers featuring grass-fed beef, but they’re increasingly...

Silver Diner built a healthy focused kids' meal to attract young customers.

There was a time when parents defined a family restaurant by the number of crayons it provided. But today, with parents increasingly wanting their kids to enjoy the benefits of proper nutrition and social...

Fast casual Energy Kitchen is one restaurant using the REAL certification.

Several quick-service restaurants are doubling down on their health and wellness efforts thanks to the new REAL Certification program from the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC).

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Wendy's new pretzel bacon cheeseburger is a successful fast food menu option.

One of the most common questions in foodservice—White or wheat?—has grown to include a new option: pretzel. Quick-service restaurants across the country are capitalizing on a new pretzel-bread trend, taking...

Some operators have been slow to incorporate allergy-friendly menu options.

Cutting calories, lowering fat content, and providing healthy, fresh ingredients have become increasingly commonplace in the limited-service industry over the past few years. But while U.S. quick serves...

Brands are applying the fast casual model to modernize Italian cuisine.

Modern Italian cuisine is the next big thing in fast casual. Or at least, that’s what some major quick-service operators are banking on.

Fazoli’s and Sbarro each plan to debut a fast-casual Italian...

Smashburger cofounder explains craft beer and burger pairing at Chicago event.

Inside Smashburger’s newest Chicago-area restaurant, a hip-looking joint in the city’s trendy Lincoln Park neighborhood, company founder and chief concept officer Tom Ryan holds up the brand’s Windy City...

Burger King used a geo location marketing campaign with its french fries launch.

Quick-service operators increasingly have the ability to target their customers right where they are. The industry’s use of mobile marketing has grown exponentially over the last two years, and marketers...

Fast casual brands added table service to open on Winter Park's Park Avenue.

The city of Winter Park, Florida, was in a quandary. Up-and-coming fast-casual concepts Firehouse Subs and BurgerFi wanted to move into the town’s upscale dining and shopping district, Park Avenue, but...