QSR brands could expand into Cuba after diplomatic relations improve.
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When the Obama administration announced on December 17 that the U.S. and Cuba were taking steps to normalize relations, those anxious to tap into the business potential of the largest island in the Caribbean began to stir. With a population of 11 million and a land area two-thirds the size of...
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When it comes to targeting a specific slice of the consumer pie, operators often focus on the much-discussed Millennials or even the younger Generation Z, sure to inherit their laurels as the hot new demographic. But an oft-overlooked consumer has the potential to be more loyal than a Millennial...
QSR donut concept franchise owner uses leadership skills gained on Mt Everest.
Franchising
Jeff Gottfurcht summited Mount Everest on May 14, 2011, at 6:10 A.M. As if being part of the elite group of humans who have conquered Everest wasn’t enough, Gottfurcht also made the climb with a preexisting rheumatoid arthritis condition and remains the only person in the recorded history of...
QSR culinary director at leading brand discusses creating new chicken dishes.
Menu Innovations
What do you see as being some of the biggest trends in the quick-serve industry when it comes to chicken menu items? There’s a great thing about working with chicken. Of course it’s economical, but it’s such a great neutral palette that you can apply so many different flavors to it. I don’t think...
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On Friday, Shake Shack partnered with James Beard Award-winning chef Dan Barber to bring customers a one-day special to bring leftovers back to life. Starting at 11 a.m. at its Madison Square Park location, Shake Shack began selling its limited supply of WastED Juice Pulp Cheeseburgers. The burger...
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Passengers were treated to Marco’s Pizza when it was delivered right to their grounded plane in Knoxville, Tennessee. Delta flight 561 was diverted on its path from Philadelphia to Atlanta and forced to land in Knoxville, Tennessee, to wait out bad weather. A few hours later, a surprised Ashley...
Quick service operators invest in employees to build loyal work force.
Human Resources
When it comes to career prospects, the quick-service sector has long been plagued with ideas of dead-end jobs held solely by the unfortunate and the incapable. But foodservice represents a robust industry rich in opportunities beyond “burger flipping.” And with a new generation of eager workers...
QSR brands play with traditional chicken to make new and exciting dishes.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
How exciting is the thought of chicken for dinner? The answer depends almost entirely on the image that pops to mind when you hear the word chicken. If you’re conjuring up a vision of a tender breast that’s been dredged in a spicy batter, deep-fried to a golden brown and served alongside mashed...
Quick service brands can explore innovative potato dishes like poutine.
What can I possibly tell you about potatoes, dear quick-serve industry professional, that you don’t already know? It’s not as though you’re unacquainted with America’s favorite starch.
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.
Progressive DC QSR pizza chain designs unique restaurants and menu items.
Creativity runs wild at &pizza, and it starts with the name; the ampersand is trademarked and the brand is pronounced “and pizza.” In the stores, the creativity extends to the pizza—and then some.&pizza cofounder Michael Lastoria says he has a passion for building up new id
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 hiring new immigrant employees must legally protect jobs.
In a country whose foreign-born population has eclipsed 13 percent of the total (some 41.3 million people), hiring immigrants has become as inevitable as it is important for quick-serve restaurant operators.And by keeping abreast of relevant laws, filing the right paperwork early and often, and ensu
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.