Arizona based mother is campaigning for cleaner fast food play areas.
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On a daily basis, Don Elam, a Chick-fil-A owner-operator in Chandler, Arizona, does something unusual: He makes sure the playground outside his restaurant is spic and span. “Every night we have a person that has a sanitize rag crawl through and wipe down everything,” Elam says. “Everything.” Elam,...
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Dunbar Armored Inc., has rolled out the company’s (and U.S. armored car industry’s) first hybrid-electric armored truck.  The new Freightliner Business Class M2 106 Hybrid truck, which is in service in California, and is the latest addition to Dunbar’s fleet of more than 1,400 vehicles. According...
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Food News Media released its fourth podcast episode of “Big Picture Management.” The podcast series is a partnership between the National Restaurant Association and Food News Media, publishers of QSR and Restaurant Management. Listen now! Host Blair Chancey, editorial director of Food News Media,...
Auntie Anne's is a top food franchise largely because of its franchisee support.
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According to a new report released by Franchise Business Review, Auntie Anne’s is No. 1 on the “Top 30 Food Franchises” list. One executive at Auntie Anne’s says an intense focus on supporting the people of the brand helps sustain strong satisfaction levels. “Our focus is on our people because we...
Friendly customer service is a sure fire way to grow drive thru sales.
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Customer Service 1 From the full order of food and beverages to the utensils, provide the customer with everything he needs the first time. Frustrations arise when something is forgotten. 2 Mistakes happen; it’s inevitable. In the event of an inaccurate order, correct the error by embracing...
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Taco Bell unveiled its latest Major League Baseball TV spot, featuring San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson, Sept. 6 during Game 5 of the American League Division Series. Titled “Closer 2.0,” it was a follow-up to last year’s commercial with the Yankees’ Mariano Rivera and Joe Girardi, in which...
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Fast casual veteran Phil Friedman purchased the Salsarita's restaurant chain.
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When Phil Friedman stepped down as CEO of McAlister’s Deli, a sandwich concept based in Ridgeland, Mississippi, that he grew from 30 to almost 300 locations during his 11-year tenure, many of his friends and colleagues assumed the 65-year-old industry veteran had retired. “Most of the people were...
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Whataburger is getting ready to launch its first new marketing campaign in nine years, one that focuses on what an executive says is the brand’s most important quality: its people. Rich Scheffler, group director of marketing at Whataburger, says performance results were not to blame for rolling out...
QSR operators move operations systems to cloud based technology.
You would be hard pressed to find a quick-service operator who, when asked why they started their own business, answered by saying it was to become the CIO of the company.
QSR brands celebrate important anniversaries with promotions and new campaigns.
75: KFC’s Original RecipeColonel Harland Sanders may have opened his original restaurant, Sanders Court & Café, in 1930, and the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise may have formally launched in 1952.
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.
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.
Top chefs open new QSR concepts to expand restaurant business portfolio.
Chefs in fast food are nothing new. Culinary Institute of America grad Steve Ells opened the first Chipotle more than 20 years ago.