Even in a down economy, consumers expect quick serves to support a cause.
Charitable Giving
Although the down economy has forced many operators to focus on the nitty gritty of business details and ignore the outside-the-store activities, customers still expect brands to stand for a good cause. According to the 2010 Cone Cause Evolution Study, which analyzes consumers’ expectations and...
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With the workforce improving, employers should keep a tight grip on their crew.
Human Resources
Keeping crewmembers happy may not be on the top of an operator’s mind when he’s dealing with distribution issues and sales problems brought about by the recession, but new research suggests that it probably should be. A new survey by hourly employment website SnagAJob.com found that 61 percent of...
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Grilled chicken dishes are the core of the menu at Ranch One.
Emerging Concepts
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The founders of Ranch One, Ori Gottlieb and Mordechai Davidi, had one goal in mind when they opened their first restaurant next to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City: They wanted to have the No. 1 grilled chicken sandwich concept in the country. That was 1990. In 1997, restaurant industry...
Operators should double their social media efforts when opening a second unit.
Promotions
Q: How can I market my new store on social media sites without confusing or stealing customers from my first?   You already know that social media can be a really effective way to keep in touch with your customers. That’s important, because only about 10 percent of restaurants are using it, even...
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Restaurants can’t afford to undermine their brand image with poor service.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR’s Marketing Guru
Remember the tagline, “You Deserve a Break Today”? If you’re like me, you probably look back fondly on those days when McDonald’s made it a mantra. The line signaled the spirit of the industry at the time—people really enjoyed going to fast food restaurants, and quick serves really provided a...
Fritzi Woods is educating the industry about securing both male and female talen
Executive Insights
Is there a reason foodservice is still so heavily dominated by men? I don’t think there’s a specific reason, compared to other industries, other than maybe awareness. The foodservice industry has been plagued by people not clearly understanding the benefits and opportunities available in the...
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Industry News
  Birmingham, Alabama–based Jack’s Family Restaurants celebrated its 50th anniversary this month, capping a half century in which it became the first fast food chain in Alabama—and one of the first in the nation. The anniversary marks a significant milestone for a company that has changed hands...
Americans claim to want healthier options but don't always eat them.
Industry News
A study released last week finds a somewhat befuddling discrepancy between what consumers want restaurants to offer in the way of healthy items and what they want to order. The 2010 Healthy Eating Consumer Trend Report, released on November 8 by Technomic Inc., a Chicago-based food-industry...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Health and wellness are at center of Washington DC based salad concept Sweetgreen.
Sweetgreen Schools the Future
The classroom isn’t just for learning the A, B, Cs and 1, 2, 3s—more kids these days are also introduced to concepts like nutrition, the environment, and sustainability thanks to a crop of new partnerships between limited-service restaurants and public schools. Fast-casual concept Sweetgreen is one...
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...