Taco Bell CEO Greg Creed is defending the reputation of his popular brand.
Executive Insights
A group of cartoon superheroes dubbed the Super Delicious Ingredient Force that lives in a “Fortress of Flavor” will never be the stars of a marketing campaign for Panera Bread. Chipotle CEO Steve Ells will never say that a $2.69 taco is expensive. And it’s highly unlikely that McDonald’s will...
Biff Burger, once a fast food empire, is down to just two stores.
Web Exclusive
On May 3, the fast food restaurant Beef Burger in Greensboro, North Carolina, celebrated its 50th anniversary by offering customers burgers for 50 cents. “We had a line from the window all the way out the back door and all the way across the back parking lot,” owner Ralph Havis says. “I thought we’...
These fast food franchises offer best franchise deals for investors.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
For some, it’s an average sales-to-investment ratio nearing 2:1, dedicated corporate support that helps franchisees succeed, or a distinctive niche that carries marketplace allures. For others, a good franchise deal boasts recent growth despite the nation’s economic woes, stable leadership that...
Bite size foods are a food truck staple that fits on restaurant menus.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
With the benefit of hindsight, it seems obvious that the culinary revolution that has turned cooks into international celebrities, professional-grade Viking ranges into standard-issue home appliances, and ordinary citizens into connoisseurs of extra virgin olive oils and kosher salts would...
Face to face interactions can support valuable relationships within a company.
Human Resources
When John Scardapane opened the first Saladworks in 1986, getting regular face time with his employees was a given, not a management strategy. But as the brand started to expand across the country, it became more difficult for Scardapane to foster that human connection with Saladworks employees. “...
Gandolfo's sells its deli sandwiches at fixed locations and on food trucks.
Emerging Concepts
The “New York” in Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen represents the style of food, not the location, considering none of the restaurants bearing the name are in the Big Apple. “Craig Gandolph founded the concept in Long Island, and then fell in love with a girl in Salt Lake City, so he moved to Utah...
Follow these tips to find better financing for your business.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
As president of National Restaurant Development Inc., a board member for the International Franchise Association, and owner of more than 50 quick-serve restaurants, Aziz Hashim is a veteran of the franchise business. With brands like Popeyes, Checkers/Rally’s, Subway, and Moe’s Southwest Grill...
Operators could struggle to find financing if proposed lease rules take hold.
Consumer Trends
It’s always been difficult to own and operate a successful quick serve, and in the next few years, it might get tougher. That’s because some proposed rule changes in the way a company’s balance sheets are organized could create mayhem by showing that, on paper at least, a profitable quick-serve...