Fast food brands are rooted in history, celebrate big anniversaries this year.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
*/ 20 Years Jake’s Wayback Burgers Old-Fashioned Done Right Jake’s may be the youngest brand on our anniversary list this year, but its mindset is decidedly old school. “We wanted to go back in time to where the burgers were just being introduced to the United States—back to the turn of the...
Most restaurant closures are independent operations.
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In August, the NPD Group released its annual tally of U.S. restaurant closures, and the study proved a sobering reminder of the challenges independent restaurants face in any climate, let alone one sitting in recession-era shadows. The NPD Group reported that 9,450 restaurants closed during a 12-...
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
Fruits and vegetables constitute half of the USDA’s new, post-Pyramid “MyPlate” dietary diagram. That means the agency recommends Americans get somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 percent of their daily calories from the stuff. If steamed cauliflower tasted like seasoned curly fries and blanched...
Industry News
A new company helmed by sons of prominent foodservice leaders plans to establish a national food-truck brand that it hopes to grow to hundreds of units across the country. Dallas-based Two Trucks LLC will launch its food-truck brand, The Butcher’s Son, in October with two Dallas trucks. Those...
Executive Insights
It’s a rainy Monday morning in downtown Park Ridge, Illinois, a Rockwellesque suburb on Chicago’s northwestern edge. The overcast sky feels Seattle-like, a fitting day to observe the ebbs and flows of traffic at Starbucks. At one stand-alone Starbucks location, once home to a community bank,...
Subway's $5 footlong deal offered a value to customers during the recession.
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With the housing market still depressed, food prices on the rise, and unemployment hovering above 9 percent, some economists now fear that the nation is on the verge of entering a second round of recession, if it hasn’t already. While the prospect of a “double dip” into recession should have...
Amit Kleinberger is CEO of Menchie's, a frozen yogurt concept.
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 Quick-serve CEOs usually get the final say when their companies make big moves or decisions, but experts say executives must maintain strong personal networks to help guide those everyday decisions. Some of the goals of a strong C-level network are “to identify and recruit world-class talent, to...
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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A quiche hits the spot any time of day.
Breakfast has always broken the rules.Whereas frosted cinnamon buns, bowlfuls of chocolate-flavored puffed rice, and jelly doughnuts dusted with powdered sugar are considered perfectly acceptable morning mealtime fare, anyone besides a college student who breaks out the same items for dinner on a re
Fast food operators are testing menu concepts at food halls across country.
A world traveler, Mary Nguyen Aregoni marveled at the markets peppering international destinations she visited around the globe—the flurried action that attacked the senses, the swirling energy that inspired wonder.
QSR leader Chickfila a big success through good food and great hospitality.
The limited-service restaurant industry has become a sort of dichotomy. On one side are legacy brands that have defined the way Americans have eaten for generations, brands that have grown big enough to survive bad publicity and creative stagnation.
QSR brands plate fresh and natural ingredients to improve health and nutrition.
Fresh has become a mantra of the restaurant industry these days, and there’s nothing that conveys fresh better than using raw items, particularly fruits and vegetables.
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 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.