QSR franchisee use community work to improve local Del Taco stores.
Charitable Giving
Del Taco franchisee Paul Hitzelberger has been on either side of the franchise aisle, having previously served as a member of the brand’s corporate team. The president and CEO of Utah Del Taco believes that franchisees and franchisors have a responsibility to work together in giving back to their...
Industry News
Expanding a limited-service Mexican concept beyond its established home market might seem like a risky move—especially in Southern California. Chipotle and its competitors like Qdoba and Moe’s have become ubiquitous across the U.S., with the former setting a new standard for fast-casual dining...
QSR brands use foods without preservatives GMOs or artificial ingredients.
Web Exclusive
Panera Bread, Noodles & Company, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut are the latest to join the growing number of quick-service chains phasing out artificial ingredients from menus as consumers clamor for simpler, “cleaner” food. But such moves are raising eyebrows among consumer advocate groups. Earlier...
Industry News
Beginning May 31, operators, chefs, and consumers are invited to eat and drink red as Eat (RED) Drink (RED) Save Lives returns to raise awareness and funds in the fight against AIDS. After a successful launch last year, the campaign returns with special events and fundraisers taking place in 13,000...
Quick service restaurant operators use high tech products to improve customer experience.
Ordering
Staying on trend, particularly when it comes to technology, is a delicate balancing act for Back Yard Burgers. CEO David McDougall says there’s no question that the entire restaurant industry is moving away from cash and credit and toward mobile payment and ordering methods. But expanding into...
Quick service brands add flare to fast food restaurant chicken meals.
Menu Innovations
Chicken is a perennial restaurant favorite, but that doesn’t mean we’re eating it the same old ways; in fact, this humble protein is experiencing a renaissance in the fast-casual landscape, led by innovative ethnic concepts whose seasonings, techniques, and flavor profiles turn the bird on its head...
Quick service restaurant franchisee climbs ladder from manager to store owner.
Franchising
Pam Leseman began her quick-serve career in 2004 with Subway after working in a country club and bartending. She managed three Subway units around Ephrata, Washington, bringing growth and stability for her, her team, and the franchisee. When the owners looked to sell the stores and not keep any of...
Fast food operators are testing menu concepts at food halls across country.
Competition
A world traveler, Mary Nguyen Aregoni marveled at the markets peppering international destinations she visited around the globe—the flurried action that attacked the senses, the swirling energy that inspired wonder. So captivating were those visits that when Aregoni finally settled in Chicago and...
Baked goods like cinnamon rolls give fast food restaurants a breakfast staple.
Baked goods have been a staple in the quick-serve industry for decades, but innovation in the space has boomed as several operators step up their a.m. offerings to compete in that increasingly lucrative daypart.Coffee concepts are a natural fit for baked goods.
Quick service brands can set menu prices based on food qualities.
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series on pricing strategies within the quick-service restaurant industry. Click here to read part one.Welcome back, class.
QSR brand mascots give restaurants marketing tool for connecting with young generations.
The limited-service restaurant industry has a legacy of colorful mascots, from clowns to kings, walking hamburgers to cookies with faces, and cartoon bears to a certain Chihuahua with a penchant for Mexican fare.In its simplest application, a mascot can make a child’s birthday party more memor
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.
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.
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.