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.
Executive Insights
 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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Growth
Having opened his first Nestlé Toll House unit in 2007, Howard Taylor quickly became acquainted with the quick-serve industry and today owns and operates five units in Michigan. Taylor caught wind of the partnership between Nestlé Toll House and Häagen-Dazs in February, and explored the option of...
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
The craving hit hard. My husband and I were driving back to town late one Saturday night after a U2 concert when we were both suddenly struck with the urgent desire for some Jack in the Box tacos. At once we began scanning the roadside signs, hoping to spot our desired destination.   As we sped by...
Promotions
Zaxby’s has Doris Roberts, Terry Bradshaw, and Ryan Stiles. Subway has Apolo Anton Ohno, Michael Phelps, and Blake Griffin. Now Starbucks and Lady Gaga are teaming up. The question remains, however, whether star power in a quick serve’s marketing efforts can add up to big sales. To fully harness...
Consumer Trends
A May 2011 survey predicted a long-term shift in consumer attitudes, with restaurant patrons falling into two camps: free spenders and controlled spenders. The latter group of consumers outnumber the former three to one, but experts say quick serves will have to figure out how to satisfy each...
QSR brands celebrate important anniversaries with promotions and new campaigns.
75: KFC’s Original RecipeColonel Harland Sanders may have opened his original restaurant, Sanders Court & Café, in 1930, and the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise may have formally launched in 1952.
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 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 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.
Fast casual healthy eating brand grows with fresh and nutritious food.
Eleven years ago, Matthew Corrin could be found ducking into GNC stores to order smoothies on a regular basis.