Some casual-dining chains are offering quick-serve prototypes in an attempt capt
Emerging Concepts
As the old saw goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” and to put it mildly, the Great Recession bred a lot of necessity. For the quick-service sector, the deprivation cut several ways. There was the “trading down” phenomenon, where some cash-strapped consumers chose fast-casual...
Affluent customers have contributed to the success of chains like Panera Bread.
Industry News
According to a recent study by American Express Business Insights, ultra-affluent consumers increased quick-serve spending by 24 percent in the second quarter of 2010, as compared to the same quarter last year. Ultra-affluent customers are defined as those who charge more than $7,000 per month on...
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and Chipotle CEO Steve Ells dress as processed foods
Industry News
With Halloween approaching, it is hard to say who is more excited: kids eager to go trick-or-treating or businesses looking to explore frighteningly creative marketing strategies. In the restaurant industry, which has a natural tie-in to the food-centric, sugar-fueled occasion, many companies are...
Sharon Olson's month-long diet of only fast food turned up some interesting insi
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*/ Five years ago, Supersize Me was becoming a mini cult classic based on what I thought was a ridiculous premise. Why would someone change their lifestyle to eliminate exercise, eat at only one restaurant, unequivocally take instructions from an order taker, and intentionally damage their health...
Wendys updated breakfast menu includes new breakfast sandwiches.
Industry News
In an effort to grab a share of the fast-growing morning daypart, Wendy’s launched a new breakfast menu in three test markets and part of a fourth. The nation’s No. 3 burger chain, which has operational headquarters in suburban Columbus, Ohio, is gauging customer sentiment for a quartet of...
By opening new locations on university and college campuses, Red Mango is reachi
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With the Fall 2010 college semester well under way, frozen yogurt and smoothie brand Red Mango is implementing a back-to-school program. The Dallas-based company, which originated in South Korea and has 80 U.S. stores, ramped up its openings on college campuses as part of a strategy to capitalize...
A range of microbrews and burgers are available at the Blazing Onion chain.
Emerging Concepts
Every time David Jones opens a Blazing Onion Burger Company, the bar grows. Jones, CEO of the Pacific Northwest gourmet burger chain he founded with his wife, Lorri, says he is still searching for the right hybrid of fast-casual restaurant and full-service bar. In 2007, the first Blazing Onion...
Freebirds World Burrito offers burritos, nachos, and tacos, as well as an assort
Emerging Concepts
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Freebirds World Burrito relies on a long list of ingredients and a modern atmosphere to bring customers through the door. Offering beer and wine just helps “eliminate the veto vote,” says the chain’s president, Bryan Lockwood. “If a group of people is discussing where to eat, the veto vote is the...
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 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...
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...
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 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,...
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...
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...