Industry News
Like many national sporting occasions, March Madness marks an exciting time of opportunity for the quick-serve industry. To coincide with this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Pizza Hut rolled out its WingStreet concept to all units across the U.S. “For pizza and wings, [sports events] are...
Fast food brands launching public offerings signal health restaurant industry.
Growth
In the last few years, Wall Street has shown an increased appetite for restaurant companies as a whole, and it’s fast-casual brands in particular that increasingly grab investors’ attention. That was perhaps no more evident than in 2013, when enthusiasm for fast-casual restaurant concepts reached...
Quick service restaurants discount to attract new, price conscious customers.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR’s Marketing Guru
Q: Other restaurants seem to be moving away from 99-cent-and-under value menus. So what is the right discounting strategy? A: True, McDonald's has replaced its Value Menu with the Dollar Menu & More, and Wendy's 99 Cent Menu has been reconceived as the Right Price Right Size menu. But that...
Quick service restaurants inform customers of calories using receipts.
Health
To encourage mindful eating habits among consumers, a few small chains adopted a new way to display nutrition information on receipts. Santa Barbara, California–based SmartReceipt allows brands to give customers relevant and personalized messaging about nutrition. “Because SmartReceipt messaging is...
Burger restaurant concepts use premium ingredients to capture new customers.
Industry News
The combined influence of better-burger restaurants and the fast-casual customization model has had a profound impact on what burger brands now offer consumers. A recent survey by Chicago-based technology and services company Food Genius, which measures menu mentions at restaurant across the U.S.,...
Restaurant brands provide community assistance in times of natural disaster.
Charitable Giving
Marketing departments spend months planning major promotional events, but when a natural disaster strikes, taking action is all that matters. Time becomes an enemy when moments mean the difference between lives saved and lost, and some quick-serve restaurants have found ways to make an immediate...
Yogurt products are innovating fast food menus with popular breakfast dish.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
For a food that’s only been available in the U.S. on a significant commercial scale since World War II, yogurt has certainly embedded itself into our national culinary consciousness in a hurry. The vast variety of brands, flavors, styles, consistencies, and packaging formats now available at your...
Female consumers affect menus and marketing with demand for healthy foods.
Consumer Trends
Meet Jane. At 38-and-a-half years old, Jane is a married mother of two and the breadwinner in her family. Statistically, she represents the average age and has the average number of children born to an American woman, according to the Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook. She’s among a...
Fast food kitchens must protect restaurants against food borne illness.
How to Improve Your Food Safety
Stories surrounding food-borne illness outbreaks in national quick-service restaurant chains have become very common, with many national brands having suffered at least one major food-borne illness outbreak. Whether the cause of the outbreak is due to contaminated food or unclean surfaces, food...
Fresh Bread
Bread may be the staff of life, but it’s really pretty basic: flour, water, yeast, and salt, or some sort of substitute for the latter two. However, the way these items are combined, as well as other ingredients that are added, can make a huge difference in taste and texture, as quick-service...
Quick service restaurants like Arbys launch charity events to raise money and awareness.
Fighting Hunger, One State at a Time
When Arby’s Hungry for Happiness mobile tour pulls into town, people notice. It’s hard to miss the fire-engine red semi truck and trailer emblazoned with a beaming young girl enchanted by a bite of giant watermelon. But the rolling outfit, on the streets in partnership with Share Our Strength’s No...
Food service operators open mobile carts and trucks to serve menu at events.
Taking This Show on the Road
Forget the rock-hard pretzels and suspicious-looking hot dogs that cart vendors were once known for. Nowadays, the mobile foodservice space is populated by specialty coffee concepts, gourmet popcorn carts, and Korean barbecue on wheels. And business is booming for these operators as they look to...
Fast food giant Burger King stirred up controversy with purchase of Canada brand Tim Hortons.
Burger King’s Big Move
In a move that shook the fast-food industry earlier this week, Burger King announced its official merger with Canadian coffee-and-doughnuts concept Tim Hortons. The new company, to be headquartered in Canada, will be the third-largest quick-service company in the world, with more than 18,000...
Quick service restaurant brands hire workers by the season to cover busy times.
Always in Season
Running a quick-service restaurant often requires relying on seasonal employees who come from high school or college, or stay-at-home parents who work when school is in session. Many of these employees tend not to stick around for longer than a season, which means operators must constantly invest...
Fast food brands jump on board pumpking flavor trend with innovative menu items.
Beyond Pumpkin
Pumpkin has long reigned as king of the fall, but this year, limited-service brands are not just adding a pumpkin pastry and calling it a season. Instead, several quick-service and fast-casual concepts introduced non-pumpkin products and innovative spins on the pumpkin flavor, while also launching...