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Quick service restaurant brands add nutritious items like kale to improve menus.
Healthy Menus
It’s the conundrum befuddling limited-service restaurant operators the world over: How do you answer consumer demand for healthier menu items when so many customers are scared away by health-food claims? How do you help fight off the nation’s obesity epidemic when the entire business is designed...
Quick service restaurant concept Fresh to Order makes healthy fresh food.
Emerging Concepts
“Fast fine” is the way Fresh to Order founder and CEO Pierre Panos describes the Atlanta-based concept he created in 2006. “It’s nicer than fast casual, but not fine dining,” he says. With a background in fine dining, Panos sought to offer a fresh, quality product to a mass market for around $10....
Quick service companies like Starbucks let customers use wireless charging stations.
Ordering
The rise of wireless phone chargers in quick-service establishments could turn the casual consumer into a loyal, repeat customer. These sleek mats are either placed on or built into a table and provide guests with the convenience of charging their mobile devices by simply placing the phone in a...
Quick service restaurant brands leverage review sites like Yelp to sway customer opinion.
Industry News
Executives, store managers, and everyone else involved in a restaurant business dreads reading horrible online reviews of their company’s food, service, and atmosphere. But like them or not, reviews have become a significant part of the dining process, and recent research finds that review websites...
Quick service brands can set menu prices based on food qualities.
Outside Insights
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. Last we left off, we were discussing the shortcomings of a cost-plus approach to menu pricing and teasing more sophisticated strategies...
Small portions at quick service restaurants are filling customer snack needs.
Ingredients & Dayparts
Evolving eating habits and generational dynamics are changing the way we look at snacking. There’s no traditional time when Americans are looking for snacks—say, the middle of the afternoon. It’s the late morning, early evening, and late night, too. It’s as if there are as many dayparts for...
Quick service restaurant brands adjust operation to busy traffic seasons.
Competition
Along the Ohio River Road in Lesage, West Virginia, sits Hillbilly Hot Dogs, a destination stop for locals and tourists alike. When winter hits, however, Hillbilly’s popular—and wildly distinctive—weenie stand sees a sharp, double-digit decline in revenue, says Sharie Knight, who opened the self-...