Qdoba's whole-wheat tortilla offers customers a healthy wrap alternative.
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On the heels of its “Naked” ordering option (menu items without a tortilla), expanded Kids Meal menu, and last year’s Craft 2 menu, Qdoba has raised its innovation bar higher this summer. The Denver-based Mexican chain recently announced that it is expanding its healthy options by testing whole-...
Wendy's new prototype store in Columbus, Ohio.
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More than a few customers could be seen mouthing the word, “Wow,” as they walked through the electronic sliding door and gazed into the new prototype Wendy’s restaurant that opened Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio. The redesign, dubbed “ultra modern,” features clean lines, bright lighting, rich colors...
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Jonathan Kaplan made his fortune selling the rights to Flip Video to Cisco Systems for $590 million in 2009. Now, entrepreneur Kaplan has set his sights upon his second business: The Melt, a chain of fast-casual grilled cheese cafes.  Despite his lack of industry background, Kaplan has one...
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McDonald’s rolled out several promotional programs in conjunction with the new movie The Smurfs, one of which will invite kids to eat healthy and help plant trees at the same time. The new “Smurf the Earth” program in the U.S. will encourage kids to order Apple Dippers with their Happy Meal through...
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Del Taco has a new logo and is testing a new restaurant prototype.   After months of research, both are making their first appearance together at new locations in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as Irving and McKinney, Texas. The company’s new logo will be phased in through marketing...
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Sonic chairman and CEO Clifford Hudson knows the numbers, and although he may cringe, he certainly does not cower from the realities or the challenge. After 22 consecutive years of same-store sales growth, Sonic’s systemwide sales numbers declined in both fiscal years 2009 and 2010. The falling...
Starbucks is one brand that has grown in other nations, like China.
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Over the last decade, American quick-service behemoths such as McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Pizza Hut have surged into international markets and captured diners’ interests with American dishes. But new data shows the whole industry might pay a price for that global growth. The growing appeal of U.S....
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The new advertising campaign for Colorado-based burger joint Good Times is using some traditional media platforms—as well as a good dose of humor—to support the chain’s popular custard and shake products this summer. The Rich & Cold campaign centers on the products’ flavorful, heat-busting...
QSR brands find equity finance partners to fund future growth.
Quick-service operators looking for external financial support often find an attractive option in private equity firms.
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
Fast food brands scale food safety efforts up as they grow across the country.
It could happen to any restaurant.Business is strong, with sales and unit counts growing quickly. Optimism abounds for a healthy future.And then it happens. Contaminated food supplies filter into the system. Hundreds of customers get sick.
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 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.
Young QSR diners look for more premium and bold flavors like high quality seafood dishes.
Regular readers of this column know that for some years now, I’ve been dispensing suggestions on how quick-serve chains can do more to court millions of Millennials, aka members of Generation Y, whose adventurous palates, curious minds, and unconventional tastes have often made them elusive qu