Industry News
In the morning, Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon is up early, training his mind and body to anticipate anything—be it a touchdown pass or an enormous defensive lineman. After practice, he continues to plan for what’s ahead—even beyond his football career. And while he still works on...
QSR brands can streamline their supply chain by enhancing the distribution system.
Outside Insights
Every restaurant company wants to grow. If you aren’t growing, you’re vanishing. To grow means that you are increasing same-store sales, increasing EBIDTA, or opening new locations. Growing your organization by opening new locations needs to be done strategically, especially from a supply chain...
QSR brands hire company financial officers with range of business skills.
Finance
Chief financial officers (CFO) do more than count dollars and prepare financial reports. They evaluate financing options, monitor industry metrics, improve operational efficiencies, and identify where risks and opportunities exist. And in recent years, the evolution of the CFO role has given brands...
QSR brands plate fresh and natural ingredients to improve health and nutrition.
Menu Innovations
Fresh has become a mantra of the restaurant industry these days, and there’s nothing that conveys fresh better than using raw items, particularly fruits and vegetables. The growth of salads on limited-service menus has fueled operators’ use of all types of raw foods, and there are an increasing...
Industry News
During an exclusive webinar earlier this week, chefs, operators, and industry researchers came together to discuss how to thoughtfully add Asian flair to restaurant menus across the industry. In the hour-long session, participants learned how to leverage the flavors, stunning visuals, and healthy...
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...
Industry News
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,...
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.
Walt Disney World and Disneyland develop new premium menu items at QSR concepts.
Magic sort of loses its luster with age. Rarely does one find the right occasion to use the term magical as an adult—after a first date, perhaps, or to describe an experience at a concert or a vacation. There is one place, though, where—by design—the magic never seems to die.
QSR brands remove antibiotic chemicals from menu items to make healthy.
More limited-service operators are phasing out food products from animals treated with nontherapeutic antibiotics and hormones as consumers air concerns over the human and animal welfare impact of such practices.
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.
Older QSR chains work on fresh marketing and store design to be young again.
At Zaxby’s annual convention in San Diego last April, there was plenty of celebration for the chicken-peddling chain, its franchisees, and vendors, highlighted by a private concert from country music superstar Tim McGraw.Amid the festive atmosphere, however, there was also much reflection.
QSR donut concept franchise owner uses leadership skills gained on Mt Everest.
Jeff Gottfurcht summited Mount Everest on May 14, 2011, at 6:10 A.M.