Health
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Barry Popkin, director of the Interdisciplinary Obesity Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of The World Is Fat, recently coauthored a study that concluded 20 years of research on the correlation between fast food prices and Americans’ health. The study detailed...
Detroit might be a reasonable location for quick serves to open up.
Franchising
It is not uncommon for someone to liken the economic situation in Detroit to the aftermath of a natural disaster. “To me, it’s like Katrina,” says Jeffery Elsworth, an associate professor at the School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University. In Louisiana, “they lost over 200,000...
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Atlanta-based Rising Roll Gourmet brings chef-inspired sandwich recipes to fast-
Emerging Concepts
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The name Rising Roll brings to mind homemade yeast bread, which requires time to expand, and that’s exactly what the Atlanta-based sandwich purveyor has been doing since partnering with Mike Lassiter of Franchising Concepts in 2003—taking time to grow. The gourmet sandwich shop concept was founded...
Taylor Gourmet focuses on quality ingredients, having fresh Philadelphia bread d
Emerging Concepts
Taylor Gourmet shows just how far Philadelphia natives will go to recapture the sandwiches of their youth. The deli and market concept was created by friends David Mazza and Casey Patten after they graduated from Penn State, moved to Washington, D.C., and started craving a taste of home. “We missed...
Renovations among quick-service franchises are a popular way to freshen a brand’
Competition
Four years ago, the winds of change moved Scott Gittrich, an experience that the Toppers Pizza CEO is appreciative for these days as his Wisconsin-based pizza chain pushes into a new decade with promise and purpose. While working with an advertising agency, Gittrich and his Toppers leadership team...
It’s important for restaurant chains to be honest, not emotional, when filing fo
Growth
The length of time companies filing for bankruptcy are allotted to develop a plan of reorganization is 120 days. One false move during that period or the months leading up to it can drastically reduce the chances of making it through the ordeal. QSR consulted lawyers, financial experts, and two...
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Franchising
Phil Friedman, chairman and CEO of McAlister’s Deli, is a firm believer in independent research of a company’s franchisees. Getting an independent read on the health of his franchise system has led to important changes in key operational areas, such as marketing and distribution. “It gives us...
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Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop is a growing sandwich franchise in the Northeast and S
Emerging Concepts
For those who enjoy the leftovers as much as Thanksgiving dinner itself, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop has a sandwich for you. It’s not that the Las Vegas–based concept serves leftovers. It just takes the flavor of a Thanksgiving-night refrigerator raid and makes it available all year long on a...
Very Cool
For many Americans, there’s nothing like drinking a tall, cold glass of iced tea on a hot summer’s day. Whether plain, sweetened, infused with fruit flavors, or part of a specialty beverage, iced tea is increasingly popular nationwide. Limited-service restaurants have seen solid growth with iced...
Modern restaurants capitalize on traditional approaches.
Old School Meets New
Call it a reflection of consumers’ growing desire for local fare or their increasing demand for cleaner food with minimal processing and fewer ingredients. But one thing is for sure in foodservice today: What’s old is most decidedly new again. Both brands and customers are returning to an old-...
Quick service brands leverage franchise system for strategic growth.
The Franchise Formula
For upstart quick-service restaurants considering the move to franchising, the path can precipitate a major shift in business model and operations. Beyond the economic investment in franchising, experts say, operators must ensure their brand will consistently deliver quality across all locations. “...
QSR has singled out quick service restaurants like Toppers Pizza as emerging concepts.
Where Are They Now?
Each month, QSR singles out the quick-service and fast-casual brands we think will make a splash in the industry. Sometimes we’re right, and sometimes we’re… well, not. So which Ones to Watch brands are still on fire, and which ones have had their growth hopes doused? Here’s a look back at 15 Ones...
Auntie Anne’s invests in tomorrow’s talent.
Promise for the Future
Forget the age-old stereotype of teens being more interested in schlep than success. Auntie Anne’s corporate executives and franchise partners have seen first-hand that there is promising business potential in today’s high-school students. Fifty teens at the brand’s Leaders & Entrepreneurs...
Getting a Head Start
This year has been projected as a growth year for the restaurant industry, creating opportunities for entrepreneurs who dream of opening their own restaurant. Forty-seven percent of Americans’ food dollars are spent dining away from home, and restaurant sales are expected to hit a record high this...
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...
Panera Gets High Tech
Panera Bread took a step into the future with the rollout of $42 million worth of ordering technology, dubbed “Panera 2.0.” The chain expects to better its customer experience inside and out with iPad ordering kiosks, mobile and online ordering interfaces, and a feature that lets guests order at...
Quick service beverage providers shake up tea product with new twists.
Reading the Tea Leaves
It’s summer. It’s hot. And chances are good that if you’re nestled comfortably in a backyard hammock—or perched on a porch swing, sprawled out on the beach, casting a line at the ol’ fishing hole, or engaged in any number of other stereotypical warm-weather activities straight out of a Norman...