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Pizza Inn is rolling out a new fast-casual concept, Pie Five Pizza Co., to appeal to an upscale, urban demographic by creating fresh, made-to-order pies in less than five minutes. Company executives are hoping that Pie Five, which debuted in Fort Worth, Texas, in June and joins Pizza Inn Express as...
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With the better-burger category taking off in the U.S., and with its place solidified as one of the top players in the category, Smashburger announced its first deals for international units. Development agreements were signed that will take the Denver-based chain to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and...
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Its Happy Meal helped McDonald's perform well in the Zagat survey.
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With the 63rd annual Emmys slated for Sunday, it seems appropriate that the quick-serve industry also celebrate its top awards—from Zagat.   This year’s results of the National Fast Food Restaurant Survey showed that several quick-serve categories are becoming increasingly competitive and that...
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Though it still has not committed to entering the mega market that is California, Dunkin’ Donuts announced that it is rebuffing its Westward march by opening several new markets for franchising. The new markets include Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado; Houston and Waco, Texas; Lincoln and...
Fast food brands are rooted in history, celebrate big anniversaries this year.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
*/ 20 Years Jake’s Wayback Burgers Old-Fashioned Done Right Jake’s may be the youngest brand on our anniversary list this year, but its mindset is decidedly old school. “We wanted to go back in time to where the burgers were just being introduced to the United States—back to the turn of the...
Most restaurant closures are independent operations.
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In August, the NPD Group released its annual tally of U.S. restaurant closures, and the study proved a sobering reminder of the challenges independent restaurants face in any climate, let alone one sitting in recession-era shadows. The NPD Group reported that 9,450 restaurants closed during a 12-...
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
Fruits and vegetables constitute half of the USDA’s new, post-Pyramid “MyPlate” dietary diagram. That means the agency recommends Americans get somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 percent of their daily calories from the stuff. If steamed cauliflower tasted like seasoned curly fries and blanched...
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A new company helmed by sons of prominent foodservice leaders plans to establish a national food-truck brand that it hopes to grow to hundreds of units across the country. Dallas-based Two Trucks LLC will launch its food-truck brand, The Butcher’s Son, in October with two Dallas trucks. Those...
QSR restaurant concepts streamline unit design to better manage customer traffic.
Operators are often looking to improve their store throughput, or the efficiency with which they get customers through the restaurant.
Panera CEO Bill Moreton is charged with keeping up brand popularity.
On the evening of May 12, 2010, Bill Moreton and dozens of his Panera Bread colleagues celebrated the career of Ronald Shaich, the bakery-café’s cofounder, departing CEO, and ultimate visionary.
QSR leader McDonalds updates brand image and market strategy to stop sliding sales.
There’s one McDonald’s restructuring story that still hasn’t been told.I know it hasn’t been told, because it happens to be mine.While it might not seem that a rather silly, personal anecdote that’s more than half-a-century old can help in the complex restructuring of a
QSR brands launch new delivery programs to expand business opportunities.
Q: Should our restaurant offer delivery service?A: These days, everyone seems to be doing delivery, right? Starbucks, Chipotle, McDonald’s, and Taco Bell are some of the big chains that have recently announced tests or rollouts of delivery service.
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.
Young QSR diners look for more premium and bold flavors like high quality seafood dishes.
Regular readers of this column know that for some years now, I’ve been dispensing suggestions on how quick-serve chains can do more to court millions of Millennials, aka members of Generation Y, whose adventurous palates, curious minds, and unconventional tastes have often made them elusive qu