Snack items like frico offer a strong take home snack option for fast food custo
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
The problem with snacks nowadays is that they no longer know their proper place.  Based on the results of a survey conducted by market research firm Technomic earlier this year, these uppity, stopgap appetite-tamers are muscling in on what used to be mealtime turf. Indeed, more than two out of five...
Seventeen percent of KFC customers say they choose it for healthy food.
Industry News
A recent study on the opinions of quick-serve consumers finds that price ranks surprisingly low in determining where they choose to eat, that convenience is king, and that KFC draws more health-conscious consumers than the average brand. Conducted by CFI Group, a consultancy based in Ann Arbor,...
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Sturdy, nondescript tables that traditionally populate quick-service dining rooms may soon be replaced by high-tech tabletop innovations offered by two emerging technology companies. Digital Touch Systems launched a touch-screen tabletop that allows customers to order, interact, and socialize with...
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Bojangles’ wrapped its Master Biscuit Maker challenge yesterday at its Charlotte, North Carolina, headquarters, crowning a top biscuit crafter in an event one executive says the company uses to “recertify our biscuit makers every year.” “We look at this as a way every year to refocus our whole...
Different potato varieties and dips can boost french fries offerings.
Menu Innovations
Potato fries may have originated in Europe, but Americans have certainly embraced them as their own. After all, nearly 8 billion servings of french fries were sold in U.S. restaurants during the 12 months that ended in June, according to statistics from NPD Group, a global market research firm....
Payment card security standards have been updated.
Industry News
Restaurants and other businesses that capture and store credit and debit card data on their computers will be required to meet updated security standards beginning next year. Version 2.0 of the guidelines, developed by the PCI Security Standards Council, doesn’t include major new requirements....
Multiunit franchisees have the job of keeping the gears of a brand turning.
Franchising
Some might say that the last three years have not been very, well, accommodating for the quick-service industry. With lenders and customers alike pulling their dollars off the table, the industry has been left to make due with the circumstances and struggle to stay afloat until the economic...
Starbucks is offering beer and wine at a renovated Seattle store.
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First Starbucks rolled out Via, a line of instant coffee that threatened to undermine the company’s core identity as a premium coffee vendor. Then came the “stealth Starbucks” stores, locations stripped of the company name and logo meant to blend into their neighborhoods. Now Starbucks, a name...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...