Since SaladMatch.com launched July 14, more than 1,000 people have created profi
Industry News
“A salad bar on the corner of Park Avenue and 51st Street doesn’t seem like the most obvious place for youthful romance, but on a sunny day, there’s a mob of post-collegiate suits lining up at Just Salad for takeout of leafy green veggies—and each other.” New York Magazine printed the line in 2006...
Par-baked bread products allow quick serves to provide more options.
Menu Innovations
There’s something about the smell and taste of freshly baked bread that triggers powerful, positive emotional responses in most of us. Psychologists have noted that the aroma of baked bread evokes happy childhood memories, comfort, and even tender feelings of being loved. One recent survey found...
10 Reasons to Celebrate - This year's biggest industry milestones and anniversar
Competition
*/ Moe’s Southwest Grill It Keeps Growing and Growing 10 years Quick, widespread growth was an instant priority for Moe’s Southwest Grill. “It was very much a shotgun approach,” says Paul Damico, brand president. With more than 400 stores and plans to open 100 per year for the next 10 years,...
Emerging Concepts
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Sheila McCann, founder of House of Bread Bakery Café, says foodservice has similarities to her former occupation as a criminal trial attorney. “You have to give it your undivided attention and always think on your feet,” she says. “Foodservice matches my personality. I like the fast-paced...
Emerging Concepts
La Boulange Bakery and Café prides itself on being an authentic French bakery, from its round crusty loaves to the open-face sandwiches it serves on the bread. That authenticity springs from the fact that founder Pascal Rigo spent years working for bakers near his native Bordeaux, France, and in...
To change up its sandwich or burger menu, a quick serve could invest in new brea
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
A few months back in this space, I suggested that clever operators looking for some unconventional new sandwich possibilities could add elements of distinctive ethnic street foods and work these unusual ingredients into the guts of their signature menu items. Specifically, my suggestion was: “Pick...
Some quick-serve executives have found that blogs give them an opportunity to co
Promotions
In 2007, Dan Kim started blogging about his newly conceived frozen yogurt concept, Red Mango, months before the first location even opened its doors. Using MySpace as his primary outlet, Kim built an online buzz about the chain, posting photos of the store’s progress while keeping his future...
TCBY is offering local chef challenges as a possible local-store marketing techn
Promotions
At an Independence Day parade this year, a Mustang convertible rolled down the route decked out in red, white, and blue—and lots of signage for frozen yogurt chain TCBY. As the car came into view, someone with trays of yogurt samples approached folks watching the parade and offered a taste. “This...
Quick service restaurant Bojangles serves indulgent Southern food like chicken biscuits.
It’s Bo Time
Charlotte, North Carolina–based Bojangles’ may fall into the chicken quick-service category, but as any executive, operator, employee, or loyal fan will tell you, it’s all about the biscuit. And for good reason: The item is included or featured in nearly 80 of the brand’s menu items, a fact that...
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 franchisees prepare FDDs with unit economics in mind.
Prospering Over the Long Term
For years, the two most important words in franchising—for both franchisors and franchisees—have been unit economics. The success or failure of a franchise concept can pivot off of how well unit economics are tracked, managed, and improved. Yet many franchisors and franchisees alike pay inadequate...
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 Track to Fresh
Capitalizing on consumer demand for healthy options, Jamba Juice accelerated the rollout of its new fresh-squeezed juicing platform, completing the nationwide expansion by June 2, several months ahead of schedule. To ensure optimal freshness, Jamba Juice enhanced its supply chain to minimize food...
Fast food brands like Auntie Annes redesign store interior to draw new consumers.
Closed for Renovation
Restaurant redesigns and renovations are a big undertaking for quick-serve brands and often involve a certain level of risk. But renovations are also increasingly appealing for operators looking to improve their store design and environment and the financial benefits that might come with it....
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...