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This article would start with “It’s that time of the year again,” but honestly, is it? Regardless of the fact that it is technically still summer, the heat has yet to stifle the outpouring of marketing campaigns for fall flavors, which seem to get increasingly elaborate every year. In the land of...
QSR brands fight new regulation to increase minimum wage for fast food restaurants.
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The foodservice wage debate has been heating up this year as several states and cities implement minimum wage hikes and pressure increases to raise hourly wages to $15. Last month, the movement to increase minimum wages scored a victory in the state of New York—a victory that specifically singles...
Top chefs open new QSR concepts to expand restaurant business portfolio.
Menu Innovations
Chefs in fast food are nothing new. Culinary Institute of America grad Steve Ells opened the first Chipotle more than 20 years ago. Tom Colicchio’s ’wichcraft chain is 12 years old. What’s interesting about the latest crop of chefs to make the move into quick service, though, is their attitude...
QSR brands develop new menus with healthier protein options for diet crowd.
Menu Innovations
Some of the latest popular menu descriptors are sending a message loud and clear. With terms like buff bowls, packed and powerful, and breakfast power sandwich finding their way to more menus nationwide, it seems protein has become a power food that consumers desire, whether they are following the...
Celebrity TV chef shares how restaurants can use healthy oils and fats for food.
Menu Innovations
Food Network celebrity chef Emily Ellyn has appeared on “Cupcake Wars” and “Cutthroat Kitchen,” and is now working on her first cookbook while also pursuing a Ph.D. (she already has two master’s degrees). Ambitious and focused, Ellyn relishes remaking classic recipes, which includes using healthier...
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When comparing fast casual from traditional fast food, the food is often the distinguishing factor. Nevertheless, the restaurant’s atmosphere still plays a major part in separating a quick bite from a meal that invites patrons to linger. In 2011 Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill began updating its...
QSR brands use low fat ingredients like healthy cooking oils to improve menu nutrition.
Menu Innovations
Just the mention of words like oils and fats makes some consumers queasy. The former can conjure the image of grease, while the latter may make them think of issues like obesity and high cholesterol. These days, however, the use of good fats and oils by quick-service operators in their cooking and...
QSR sandwich brand Firehouse Subs employs artist to work on store murals.
In the Store
When they decided to enter the restaurant game, former firefighters Robin and Chris Sorensen knew they wanted to honor their firefighting brethren. The brothers were less sure of how to do so in a unique way. “As we were putting it all together conceptually, we saw an article in the paper about a...
Crises like inappropriate employee behavior could hurt a brand in the long run.
Ask any quick-serve operator who’s been through a crisis. He will be able to tell you the exact date, time, and day of the week the fate of his concept came under attack.
Many vendors slap the phrase “mobile payment system” on their products hoping to increase their appeal, adding to misperceptions of what the technology entails.
A quiche hits the spot any time of day.
Breakfast has always broken the rules.Whereas frosted cinnamon buns, bowlfuls of chocolate-flavored puffed rice, and jelly doughnuts dusted with powdered sugar are considered perfectly acceptable morning mealtime fare, anyone besides a college student who breaks out the same items for dinner on a re
QSR brands celebrate important anniversaries with promotions and new campaigns.
75: KFC’s Original RecipeColonel Harland Sanders may have opened his original restaurant, Sanders Court & Café, in 1930, and the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise may have formally launched in 1952.
Fast casual healthy eating brand grows with fresh and nutritious food.
Eleven years ago, Matthew Corrin could be found ducking into GNC stores to order smoothies on a regular basis.
QSR brands partner with equity firms to finance restaurant unit growth.
Equity relationships are intended to be mutually beneficial, with the brands and their private equity (PE) partners both contributing—and both reaping the rewards. But brands may not know what to expect from the partnership as it matures.