Fast casual veteran Phil Friedman purchased the Salsarita's restaurant chain.
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A week after the announcement that he’d acquired Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, former McAlister’s Deli CEO Phil Friedman says his plan for the fast casual is to saturate its existing markets. Friedman says his strategy is to “exploit” Salsarita’s presence in the Southeastern U.S., where the majority...
More customers are using smartphones, offering a strong marketing vehicle.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
I’ve got some good news and some bad news.   The good news? Mobile is hot! According to marketing services firm Listrak, there are more than 270 million mobile phones in use in the U.S. and 100 billion text messages are sent or received every month, making mobile the most popular way to communicate...
Aasif Mandvi stars in Taco Bell's new marketing campaign.
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Taco Bell launched a new, integrated marketing campaign aimed at summer customers looking to pinch a few pennies. The new campaign, titled “Spend Less Summer,” features TV advertisements starring comedian Aasif Mandvi of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” as Mr. Responsibility, a value-minded...
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Tomorrow’s payment options may bear little resemblance to those in use today. Consider the popularity of the Starbucks Card Mobile application, which the coffee company announced was downloaded more than 3 million times in its first three months. “Our hope was that customers would take to it...
Subway rolled out sandwich options that included avocado as a topping.
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Summer is officially here, and for most quick serves that means more customers, later dinner rushes, and high school employees willing to work extra shifts. But for some chains, it means rolling out new, summer-themed menu offerings. This month, Subway added avocado as a premium seasonal topping,...
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The quick-service industry is closing the customer satisfaction gap standing between it and the full-service industry, according to a new study. The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), released today, found that customer satisfaction with the quick-serve industry had increased 5.3 percent...
Food truck items like sliders are showing up at brick and mortar restaurants.
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Food trucks are on a roll. Whether they’re parked along the streets of Los Angeles, in a Miami shopping center, or at a Chicago corporate highrise, the trucks are as trendy as it gets in the restaurant business. Folks are lining up at mobile counters in cities across America to gobble down...
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Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits reached its milestone 500th unit when its latest store opened in Surf City, North Carolina, last week. Eric Newman, executive vice president of Charlotte, North Carolina–based Bojangles’ Restaurants Inc., says the milestone is “a validation and indication of...