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...
QSR brands look for money lenders to finance their business expansion.
Finance
Let’s talk money. First, the good news: There is plenty of money available for foodservice operators and brands looking to grow or strengthen their concepts. Stakeholders from across the restaurant financial services spectrum agree on that. U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) financing is at a...
QSR restaurants use new EMV point of sale to follow guidelines.
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For many years, Europe has had stronger protection against credit card fraud than the U.S. But now that technology is making its way stateside. Scores of retailers, including quick-serve operators, will begin using EMV chip card technology to more effectively combat the pervasive and costly problem...
QSR restaurant concepts can leverage data to improve business sustainability.
The quick-service restaurant industry is built on the delivery of food—and data. The former is obvious, complemented by the physical layout and the queue of customers, standing or seated, waiting, respectively, to place their orders or receive their meals.
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.
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 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.
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.
QSR brands plate fresh and natural ingredients to improve health and nutrition.
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.