Emerging Concepts
Health-conscious consumers can get an on-the-go fruit fix in myriad ways at the growing number of Emerald City Smoothie locations—from an Apple Andie to a Zesty Lemon and every fruit in between. Founded in Seattle in 1996, Emerald City Smoothie has locations in Washington, Oregon, Colorado,...
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Growth
Having opened his first Nestlé Toll House unit in 2007, Howard Taylor quickly became acquainted with the quick-serve industry and today owns and operates five units in Michigan. Taylor caught wind of the partnership between Nestlé Toll House and Häagen-Dazs in February, and explored the option of...
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
The craving hit hard. My husband and I were driving back to town late one Saturday night after a U2 concert when we were both suddenly struck with the urgent desire for some Jack in the Box tacos. At once we began scanning the roadside signs, hoping to spot our desired destination.   As we sped by...
Promotions
Zaxby’s has Doris Roberts, Terry Bradshaw, and Ryan Stiles. Subway has Apolo Anton Ohno, Michael Phelps, and Blake Griffin. Now Starbucks and Lady Gaga are teaming up. The question remains, however, whether star power in a quick serve’s marketing efforts can add up to big sales. To fully harness...
Consumer Trends
A May 2011 survey predicted a long-term shift in consumer attitudes, with restaurant patrons falling into two camps: free spenders and controlled spenders. The latter group of consumers outnumber the former three to one, but experts say quick serves will have to figure out how to satisfy each...
Consumer Trends
The food truck trend has gathered so much steam that there wouldn’t seem to be enough tires left in America to get another mobile kitchen trend like the food bike rolling along. While the number of food bikes pedaling through city streets doesn’t compare to the number of food trucks, they’re...
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Story
Once upon a time, there was a little hot dog stand on the West Coast. It was a cute and very fun place, with no attitude and a penchant for friendliness. The food was good, not great; the service was fast; and the place sparkled from top to bottom. But the most important thing was the value. You...
Story
Over the last four years, I have heard dozens of presentations on social media. Most of had a common theme of: Social media is the hot new thing, its growing rapidly, and your company must be there. For lack of a better term, I have generally held the position of being an early adopting agnostic....
Crises like inappropriate employee behavior could hurt a brand in the long run.
Ask any quick-serve operator who’s been through a crisis. He will be able to tell you the exact date, time, and day of the week the fate of his concept came under attack.
QSR restaurants use new EMV point of sale to follow guidelines.
For many years, Europe has had stronger protection against credit card fraud than the U.S.
Quick service brands can explore innovative potato dishes like poutine.
What can I possibly tell you about potatoes, dear quick-serve industry professional, that you don’t already know? It’s not as though you’re unacquainted with America’s favorite starch.
QSR brands must adapt new technology tools to improve business potential.
Every day, entrepreneurs dream up new ways to “disrupt” so-called “legacy” businesses like quick-service restaurants.
QSR brands release high tech signage and menu boards to illustrate nutritional information.
As most of the food industry knows, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced an extension to the rule released last year requiring that restaurant chains and retailers provide customers with calorie counts on available food and beverages by December 1, 2015.Now restaurants have an e
QSR operators work to make higher wages effective in restaurant operation.
The minimum wage is on the mind of most quick-service operators today, especially as many states and cities pass regulations that bump the minimum wage upward.But when Moo Cluck Moo founder Brian Parker and his team first sat down to discuss employee pay, he says, the minimum wage wasn’t even