Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds was a spokesman for Penn Station.
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Most consumers can recall a celebrity-driven fast food marketing campaign, whether it’s Michael Jordan and Larry Bird shooting hoops for McDonald’s or Michael Phelps bringing gold to Subway. But celebrity spokespeople extend beyond the mega-famous endorsing for the mega-chains. Take Penn Station...
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The creators of Dine America, an annual conference for foodservice executives, are proud to announce that David Davoudpour, chairman and CEO of Shoney’s, will join the exciting lineup of keynote speakers at the 2011 conference. Davoudpour bought the struggling Shoney’s chain from Lone Star in 2007...
Menu Innovations
As consumers increasingly seek healthy, great-tasting food, it seems that more chefs and restaurant operators are looking to fruit as a perfect ingredient for menu items. The health benefits are obvious. Most fruit is low in fat, sodium, and calories; full of vitamins and minerals; and has no...
Kildare's Irish Pub is involved with several sponsorship opportunities.
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In an era of penny-pinching and cost cutting, operators are struggling to put themselves in front of potential customers in an affordable and personal manner. But some are finding that sponsorships can be a good way to both draw new customers and set up a positive brand reputation by getting...
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Yum! Brands signed definitive agreements to sell Long John Silver’s, Inc. and A&W Restaurants, Inc. to two separate buyers led by key franchisee leaders. Both sales are subject to customary closing conditions. “We are pleased to announce that we have identified strategic buyers who are...
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Research proves that as unemployment rises, so does coupon use. But for operators who think slapping a coupon on Facebook counts as social media, Erika Brookes and Jason Poinsette, panelists at this year’s Dine America conference, have a few tips to enhance their game. Brookes is vice president of...
Taco Bell targets Millennials with off beat advertising.
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As the vanguard of the Internet Age, Generation Y—the Millennial Generation—has been cast as a paradigm-busting demographic that requires businesses and marketing strategists to rethink everything. But a recent study on Millennials finds that the demographic may be more similar to (and influenced...
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A blockbuster trade was made official when football star running back Reggie Bush was traded for a $10 pizza in a new ad from Pizza Hut. The new spot heralds the return of the $10 Any pizza deal from Pizza Hut: any size, any crust, any toppings for just $10. "With taste and value that crush the...
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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.
Quick service operators develop innovative potato dishes as menu options.
Consider the spud. Sure, it’s often thought of as a simple, standard restaurant staple—and in the quick-service field often relegated to the side of the plate or presented in fried format—but it also can be the subject of inspiration and kitchen creativity.
Progressive DC QSR pizza chain designs unique restaurants and menu items.
Creativity runs wild at &pizza, and it starts with the name; the ampersand is trademarked and the brand is pronounced “and pizza.” In the stores, the creativity extends to the pizza—and then some.&pizza cofounder Michael Lastoria says he has a passion for building up new id
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 hiring new immigrant employees must legally protect jobs.
In a country whose foreign-born population has eclipsed 13 percent of the total (some 41.3 million people), hiring immigrants has become as inevitable as it is important for quick-serve restaurant operators.And by keeping abreast of relevant laws, filing the right paperwork early and often, and ensu
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.