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The quick-serve industry has taken its share of blows from media and government alike as they suggest fast food is contributing to the nation’s obesity epidemic. And while the industry has risen to the challenge of offering lower-calorie, lower-sodium, and all-around healthier menu offerings, some...
In a big brand change, Pizza Hut added salads and pastas.
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Wendy’s tries to become a kids’ place. Pizza Hut adds salad and pasta. Everybody changes their look, and now Burger King hangs up the High King. Why do we make these kind of sweeping changes in our brands? Well, sure, we do it to increase our market share by causing more visits from existing...
Sustainable packaging options are an important tool for eco friendly restaurants
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In today’s eco-conscious world, sustainability is no longer a “nice to have”; it is a “must-have” for foodservice brands and an imperative to operate by every day. In fact, 93 percent of corporate CEOs say that sustainability will be critical to the future success of their companies, according to “...
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A new campaign from Pei Wei Asian Diner that tied together elements of social media, mobile, and e-mail marketing helped the concept’s new Caramel Chicken entrée become one of its most popular dishes. The various marketing elements directed customers to Pei Wei’s e-mail subscription list by...
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It began in 2005 with Cookie Monster admitting cookies are only a “sometimes food,” and now McDonald’s is taking the reigns in teaching children why nutrition is important. The burger giant announced plans in July to overhaul its Happy Meal with a reduced fry serving and automatic apple slices,...
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Restaurant and retail openings are a dime a dozen in New York City, but a new market in Brooklyn is garnering special attention for its innovative concept. Twenty-two new businesses, including nine quick-service restaurants, opened shop over the summer in a collection of recycled shipping...
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McDonald's hopes its new TV channel will keep customers in stores longer.
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After two years of testing in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas, McDonald’s will launch its own in-store television network in 645 California stores later this year. The McDonald’s Channel is expected to reach nearly 20 million people each month and integrate online and social-networking...
Tap water consumption is on the rise.
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Tap water is one of the fastest growing beverages ordered at U.S. restaurants whereas revenue-generating beverages have been declining over the past five years, according to foodservice market research conducted by The NPD Group.  Tap water servings currently represent 8 percent of the 50 billion...
QSR brands partner with equity firms to finance restaurant unit growth.
Equity relationships are intended to be mutually beneficial, with the brands and their private equity (PE) partners both contributing—and both reaping the rewards. But brands may not know what to expect from the partnership as it matures.
AOL founder and investor Steve Case bets on upstart fast casuals like Sweetgreen.
Perhaps best known for cofounding America Online (AOL) and later serving as its CEO, Steve Case has now turned his attention to foodservice.
Restaurant operators know that establishing strong relationships with vendors is
Richard Leivenberg, executive vice president for Jody Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom in Venice, California, knows a thing or two about relationships.
Older QSR chains work on fresh marketing and store design to be young again.
At Zaxby’s annual convention in San Diego last April, there was plenty of celebration for the chicken-peddling chain, its franchisees, and vendors, highlighted by a private concert from country music superstar Tim McGraw.Amid the festive atmosphere, however, there was also much reflection.
QSR donut concept franchise owner uses leadership skills gained on Mt Everest.
Jeff Gottfurcht summited Mount Everest on May 14, 2011, at 6:10 A.M.
QSR brands plate fresh and natural ingredients to improve health and nutrition.
Fresh has become a mantra of the restaurant industry these days, and there’s nothing that conveys fresh better than using raw items, particularly fruits and vegetables.