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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...
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Tech titan Steve Jobs, who died yesterday at the age of 56, didn’t just revolutionize the world of computers. As co-founder of Apple Inc, Jobs created a range of signature products that were simply designed and easy to use. His innovations have flooded the last several decades of pop culture and...
Andy Glaser
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Food manufacturers looking for a leg up on their competition in this bleak economy can be more active in educating and supporting the operators they serve. This was the prevailing theme at the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) 40th Annual Forecast and Outlook Seminar held...
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Food News Media, parent of QSR and sister publication RMGTmagazine.com, debuts a new series of newscasts, Fresh Bytes, designed to get you up to date on all of the latest industry news. Stay tuned to QSRmagazine.com and RMGTmagazine.com for future installments of Fresh Bytes, and click here to view...
Comfort food staple grilled cheese can be modernized with fresh ingredients.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
When is a culinary trend no longer a trend? I don’t have a precise answer, but it seems safe to say that after two bubbles, three recessions, and about 20 years of repeated refreshing and reinvention, the comfort-food trend is not so much a trend at all, but rather a permanent feature of the...
John Pepper of Boloco encourages employees to participate in bicycling events.
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As quick-serve operations are figuring out how to comply with menu-labeling requirements and consumer demand for healthier menu items, many corporate executives are tackling another health-related issue: the health of their employees. Studies show that healthy employees are more productive...
Zoup offers customers a selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches.
Emerging Concepts
Eric Ersher got his start in the restaurant business by coming through the back door, first with a spice business, then a wholesale soup business. “I saw what kind of soup they were making, and a lot of times it was an afterthought—a way to use leftovers,” he says. So Ersher began asking people...
BannaStrow's offers both sweet and savory crepe offerings.
Emerging Concepts
Mauricio Acevedo, CEO of BannaStrow’s Crêpes & Coffee, sees the growing chain as the final frontier of the quick-serve industry, because crêpes can go where no cuisine has gone before. “Crêpes are easy to make and fast to make,” Acevedo says. “They can be made with a lot of variation but...
Fast casual healthy eating brand grows with fresh and nutritious food.
Eleven years ago, Matthew Corrin could be found ducking into GNC stores to order smoothies on a regular basis.
Fast food brands use gluten free and allergy friendly menu items and preparation
Surging demand for dining options that are sensitive to dietary allergens has led to a change in offerings and operations for much of the restaurant industry, especially fast-casual concepts, where the customizable dish reigns.
Quick service restaurants discount to attract new, price conscious customers.
Q: Other restaurants seem to be moving away from 99-cent-and-under value menus. So what is the right discounting strategy? A: True, McDonald's has replaced its Value Menu with the Dollar Menu & More, and Wendy's 99 Cent Menu has been reconceived as the Right Price Right Size menu.
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 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.