Fine dining foods are finding their way to quick-service menus.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
In 2015, the single most popular dish on quick-serve restaurant menus will be a sumptuous curried goat sandwich served with fried lentils and a crispy tamarind-orange flatbread. Shortly thereafter, thick, frosty duck confit milkshakes and turnip tots will take the fast food world by storm. Then, by...
Americans deserve engagement instead of advertisement overload.
Outside Insights
How many advertising messages is the average American exposed to every day? When you consider almost every surface we see during the course of our day is invariably plastered with advertising, the numbers are high. From newspapers, magazines, billboards, and product logos, the acceleration of...
Fast food mascots might not be marketing success they used to be.
Industry News
More than a decade into the 21st century, it is safe to say we are living in a brave new world. Television, perhaps the pièce de résistance of last century, has given way to computers and, in turn, desktop computers and laptops may soon give way to tablets and smartphones. This rush of...
Roast beef sandwich chain Arbys is up for sale.
Industry News
Just two years after getting hitched, Wendy’s and Arby’s may be breaking up. But few analysts are surprised. Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc., the Atlanta-based company that owns the two quick-service restaurant brands, said last week that it is seeking “strategic alternatives” for Arby’s, including a...
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Disagreement among executives can be good for a business.
Executive Insights
Jim Amos Jr., CEO of frozen dessert concept Tasti D-Lite, does exactly one thing to discourage conflict among members of his c-suite: nothing. “There is no progress without disagreement,” Amos says. “As long as there’s no extreme fear of failure, people will dig in and state their opinions. Then...
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Cold Stone is adding frozen yogurt to its offerings in 2011.
Industry News
Cold Stone Creamery president Dan Beem will tell you that 2010 treated the company pretty well. “We had our best October in about four years,” he says. “If you look at our year overall, we’re trending much better than the industry.” In an attempt to replicate that success in the coming months, Cold...
Subway offers a healthy alternative for kid customers.
Health
Kids’ menus have come a long way from the days when they were little more than sandwiches, soft drinks, and small fries for the small fries. As parents increasingly seek out food that is healthful and nutritious for their children, particularly in light of America’s growing childhood-obesity crisis...
The Souplantation Express unit trades buffet style for a prep station.
Industry News
Known for its buffet offering of salads and soups within large dining rooms, Souplantation is opening an Express prototype of its concept that the company hopes can deliver the brand to new markets and nontraditional locations. Michael Mack, CEO of Souplantation parent company Garden Fresh...
More Wall Street investors look to buy stock in fast casual and quick service concepts.
The Push for Public
When fast-casual chain Zoës Kitchen Inc. debuted on the New York Stock Exchange last April, the Plano, Texas–based Mediterranean-style eatery recorded its initial public offering at $87.5 million. Satisfying an investor appetite for investments within the trendy fast-casual space, Zoës’ strong...
The One-Stop Shop
Convenience stores are increasingly taking a larger slice out of the quick-serve pie with fresh food offerings. It’s become such a lucrative business for C-stores that Sheetz, the Pennsylvania-based C-store chain that this week opened its 500th location, is planning stores designed more as fast...
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 restaurant companies innovate supply around farm drought conditions.
At Mother Nature’s Mercy
Kevin Kester’s family has been farming in the U.S. for generations. And it’s not just a couple of generations they’ve been farming; more like generations upon generations, way back to the 1600s, specifically in California since the 1860s. Today, Kester owns a 22,000-acre beef cattle ranch in...
Quick service restaurant executives run charity effort to raise funds for cancer research.
A Personal Connection
When Lori Newcomb found out she had stage III ovarian cancer last year, she made it her mission to learn more about the disease and help other women fighting the same battle. She sat down with her husband, Chris Newcomb, cofounder and CEO of Southern quick-service chain Newk’s Eatery, and together...
10 Challenges for Fast-Casual Leaders
While the fast-casual category continues to be the fastest-growing industry sector, the road in 2015 will be bumpy. We will see constant change and challenges around every corner. For industry leaders, there are issues that will keep even the most seasoned executive awake at night.  Here is my top...