Head quick service restaurant chef offers ideas on using raw and fresh foods on menu.
Menu Innovations
Raw fruits and vegetables are often an afterthought in restaurants. But at Freshii, those ingredients are the main event, says Andie Shapira, who leads the chain’s menu innovation and development. “To me, it makes perfect sense: Whenever you cook fruits and vegetables, you’re killing the natural...
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Poke (pronounced poh keh) is a traditional Hawaiian dish that could become more common on the mainland. Best described as a fish salad, poke is comprised of raw fish—typically yellow-fin tuna—rice, seaweed, garnishes like green onions and nuts, and spices. “This is a Hawaiian-born-culture food that...
QSR leaders talked at Menus of Change conference about healthy fast food and the environment.
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The Menus of Change initiative, launched in 2012 as a partnership between the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, aims to bring together leaders in foodservice and public health to address serious food-industry concerns, including obesity,...
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In what is the largest new menu rollout in its 75-year history, the Dairy Queen system, a Berkshire Hathaway company, today announced the roll-out of the new DQ Bakes! menu with nine innovative products across three categories: Hot Desserts à la Mode, Artisan-style Sandwiches, and Snack Melts. The...
QSR operators dish raw and uncooked foods to improve healthy eating.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
Like other trends that embrace certain extremes and require more than a touch of sacrifice on the part of followers, the raw food movement’s appeal has been—up to this point, anyway—fairly limited. It is unknown exactly how many Americans today completely eschew cooked foods and stick to a diet...
Restaurant owners talks daily work it takes to build QSR brand.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
Neither of us came from a background of restaurateurs. Starting out, we were simply a couple of college students in the same fraternity at the University of Florida who liked to eat food. Both of us were in business-focused majors, and we took a look at the quick-serve market in our college area...
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Many of the themes at the Menus of Change conference have been obvious issues for the restaurant industry, including antibiotic-treated protein, sustainable agriculture, and more nutritious plates among others. But on the final day, Friday, presenters broached the important but less obvious topic...
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Pei Wei Fresh Kitchen, a fast casual focused on Asian cuisine and wok’d-to-order dishes, is broadening its focus to help the thousands affected by the damaging storms Mother Nature has been doling out over the last two weeks. Relentless rainfall in southern Texas has bested levies and left many...
Quick service operators develop innovative potato dishes as menu options.
Consider the spud. Sure, it’s often thought of as a simple, standard restaurant staple—and in the quick-service field often relegated to the side of the plate or presented in fried format—but it also can be the subject of inspiration and kitchen creativity.
QSR operators move operations systems to cloud based technology.
You would be hard pressed to find a quick-service operator who, when asked why they started their own business, answered by saying it was to become the CIO of the company.
Fast food restaurant brands trace food source to protect quality and safety.
Technological advances have influenced the restaurant industry in obvious ways, including through virtual reservations, online reviews, and increased customer interaction through social media.
QSR brands must adapt new technology tools to improve business potential.
Every day, entrepreneurs dream up new ways to “disrupt” so-called “legacy” businesses like quick-service restaurants.
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.