Ludo Lefebvre's LudoTruck sells gastronomic food on the streets of Los Angeles.
Executive Insights
The acclaim for chef Ludo Lefebvre is vast: Classically trained in his homeland of France, Lefebvre studied under some of that country’s best chefs before moving to Los Angeles in 1996. After his move to the U.S., Lefebvre was the head chef of a top-rated L.A. restaurant by the age of 25; helped...
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR’s Marketing Guru
Consumers are visiting quick serves less frequently these days, and restaurants are desperate to secure some customer loyalty to help offset traffic declines. But too many chains use buy-nine-get-the-10th-free punch cards to try to win customers’ loyalty—and they’ve got it all wrong.   Punch cards...
A new genetically modified soybean creates a healthier, more stable frying oil f
Industry News
French fries. Onion rings. Fried chicken. The quick-service industry has long catered to consumers’ love affair with fried foods. But with caloric labeling becoming more important to consumers and the recession putting pressure on operators to save dollars in the supply chain, one company says it’s...
Menu Innovations
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A bill in California could influence the entire country's food safety system.
Industry News
The California Senate passed a bill earlier this month that would require all restaurant employees to be trained and certified in safe food-handling practices. If signed into law, the bill could eventually affect the restaurant industry nationwide.  Senate Bill 602 comes from Senator Alex Padilla (...
Joe Tortorice Jr., founder and CEO of Jason's Deli, speaks to Dine America audie
Industry News
In an era when traditional business models and strategic plans often can’t stop bleeding profits, quick-serve executives at QSR’s Dine America conference this week hinted that the new age of business growth may be less about an investment in the consumer—and more about an investment in employees....
Since SaladMatch.com launched July 14, more than 1,000 people have created profi
Industry News
“A salad bar on the corner of Park Avenue and 51st Street doesn’t seem like the most obvious place for youthful romance, but on a sunny day, there’s a mob of post-collegiate suits lining up at Just Salad for takeout of leafy green veggies—and each other.” New York Magazine printed the line in 2006...
Par-baked bread products allow quick serves to provide more options.
Menu Innovations
There’s something about the smell and taste of freshly baked bread that triggers powerful, positive emotional responses in most of us. Psychologists have noted that the aroma of baked bread evokes happy childhood memories, comfort, and even tender feelings of being loved. One recent survey found...
Food service operators open mobile carts and trucks to serve menu at events.
Taking This Show on the Road
Forget the rock-hard pretzels and suspicious-looking hot dogs that cart vendors were once known for. Nowadays, the mobile foodservice space is populated by specialty coffee concepts, gourmet popcorn carts, and Korean barbecue on wheels. And business is booming for these operators as they look to...
Fast food giant Burger King stirred up controversy with purchase of Canada brand Tim Hortons.
Burger King’s Big Move
In a move that shook the fast-food industry earlier this week, Burger King announced its official merger with Canadian coffee-and-doughnuts concept Tim Hortons. The new company, to be headquartered in Canada, will be the third-largest quick-service company in the world, with more than 18,000...
Fast food brands jump on board pumpking flavor trend with innovative menu items.
Beyond Pumpkin
Pumpkin has long reigned as king of the fall, but this year, limited-service brands are not just adding a pumpkin pastry and calling it a season. Instead, several quick-service and fast-casual concepts introduced non-pumpkin products and innovative spins on the pumpkin flavor, while also launching...
Quick service restaurants like Arbys launch charity events to raise money and awareness.
Fighting Hunger, One State at a Time
When Arby’s Hungry for Happiness mobile tour pulls into town, people notice. It’s hard to miss the fire-engine red semi truck and trailer emblazoned with a beaming young girl enchanted by a bite of giant watermelon. But the rolling outfit, on the streets in partnership with Share Our Strength’s No...
Fresh Bread
Bread may be the staff of life, but it’s really pretty basic: flour, water, yeast, and salt, or some sort of substitute for the latter two. However, the way these items are combined, as well as other ingredients that are added, can make a huge difference in taste and texture, as quick-service...
Quick service restaurant brands hire workers by the season to cover busy times.
Always in Season
Running a quick-service restaurant often requires relying on seasonal employees who come from high school or college, or stay-at-home parents who work when school is in session. Many of these employees tend not to stick around for longer than a season, which means operators must constantly invest...
Fast food kitchens must protect restaurants against food borne illness.
How to Improve Your Food Safety
Stories surrounding food-borne illness outbreaks in national quick-service restaurant chains have become very common, with many national brands having suffered at least one major food-borne illness outbreak. Whether the cause of the outbreak is due to contaminated food or unclean surfaces, food...