Starbucks is offering beer and wine at a renovated Seattle store.
Industry News
First Starbucks rolled out Via, a line of instant coffee that threatened to undermine the company’s core identity as a premium coffee vendor. Then came the “stealth Starbucks” stores, locations stripped of the company name and logo meant to blend into their neighborhoods. Now Starbucks, a name...
Quick serve lawsuits from the last decade provide insight on a proper franchisee
Franchising
Whether it’s started by the internationally renowned franchisor or the ma-and-pa franchisee, litigation stands an unwelcome event in a relationship desperately needing trust, respect, and the singular, shared aim of bottom-line success. Over the last decade, however, a litany of franchisor-...
Burgerville's composting and recycling program, which helps the company save tho
Industry News
When New York City–based burger concept 4food opened its first location in August, the media buzz it generated mostly stemmed from its innovative use of technology and social media. Plasma TV screens adorn its walls, including one that scrolls customer tweets. iPads are used to order food. And...
The iPad and other technology tools can create problematic multitasking habits f
Executive Insights
Send Paul Damico an e-mail between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and chances are he’ll respond within minutes, no matter where he is. The CEO of Moe’s Southwest Grill prides himself on his responsiveness and keeps his inbox as empty as possible—a task that’s been a lot easier since the 16-gigabyte...
Doc Popcorn offers nine varieties of popcorn.
Menu Innovations
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Robert Israel says the first time he tasted kettle corn, he “freaked out.” “I was a New Yorker,” he says. “I came to visit my sister in Colorado and had kettle corn at the Boulder County Farmer’s Market. I had never had it before and was totally blown away.” Israel, who previously ran a clothing...
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Didoughs Twisted Pretzel Company offers fresh pretzels and pretzel sandwiches.
Menu Innovations
As a nurse, Sandra Begly-Brown wanted to add a healthier food alternative to the shopping mall offerings she saw, so she combined her interest in nutrition with a love of baking and an entrepreneurial spirit to create Didoughs Twisted Pretzel Company.  “I wanted a healthy product on the market,”...
Operators opening a second unit must start over when negotiating a lease.
Franchising
Q: I was able to successfully negotiate a lease for my first location. What should I expect with my second lease? There is no standard lease agreement. Whether or not you have negotiated a lease before, you have to carefully review everything and can’t assume anything. Three important things to...
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Denise Lee Yohn: QSR’s Marketing Guru
Setting the right price points is no easy task. In today’s post-recessionary economy, product pricing is particularly tricky because consumers’ perception of value is confounding and seems to shift constantly. People will camp out overnight for the chance to buy a $499 iPad, but you can’t seem to...
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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...
Quick service brands can set menu prices based on food qualities.
The Cost of Outdated Pricing Strategies: Part 2
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series on pricing strategies within the quick-service restaurant industry. Click here to read part one. Welcome back, class. Last we left off, we were discussing the shortcomings of a cost-plus approach to menu pricing and teasing more sophisticated strategies...
McDonalds is one major fast food chain to incorporate Apple's new mobile tool.
Apple’s Game Changer
Although the concept of consumers using their smartphones to pay for food at limited-service restaurants is nothing new, the mobile payment industry is expected to get a huge boost with last month’s launch of Apple Pay. The payment service is available with Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus....
Quick service concepts with breakfast focus offer more menu items for lunch day part.
Taking a Bite Out of Lunch
As the only daypart with marked growth in the limited-service industry, the breakfast business is hot. It seems that every week brings more news of morning daypart expansion from this or that brand. Faced with this increased competition, those brands already built around coffee, bagels, doughnuts,...
Quick service companies encourage workers to give back to community.
Team Players
Quick-service executives have the capacity to do a lot of good outside just filling customer bellies with tasty food. Many choose to rally their loyal consumers behind a cause, creating fundraising opportunities and spreading awareness. Others go the extra mile to rally their own corporate team and...
Quick service restaurant brands add nutritious items like kale to improve menus.
The Health Paradox
It’s the conundrum befuddling limited-service restaurant operators the world over: How do you answer consumer demand for healthier menu items when so many customers are scared away by health-food claims? How do you help fight off the nation’s obesity epidemic when the entire business is designed...
Fast food beverage brand Smoothie King run by executive passionate for health.
Start to Finish: Wan Kim
When I started to look at this business, what I truly found beautiful was being able to bring my family every day. I am able to feed my children the very same products I strive to sell to the world. I love the foodservice business for that reason, but specifically Smoothie King for allowing me to...