Special Report
Here’s a statistic that may surprise you. Starbucks controls less than one-tenth of the coffee consumed in the U.S. Despite its seeming domination of every city corner and suburban strip mall, Starbuck’s market control leaves room for others to profit off America’s obsession with a good cup of joe...
Special Report
Fresh off of a crippling recession, debt-ceiling debates, and a credit down grade, the American financial climate is merely crawling along. But an executive at Marco’s Pizza isn’t letting that stop the growth of his brand, or yours. Ken Switzer, CFO of the 225-unit pizza chain, has big growth plans...
Industry News
The food-truck trend exploded onto the quick-serve scene in 2009 and 2010, inspiring hundreds of wannabe operators to put their own set of wheels on the road. But with some believing the trend may already be dying—and with streets becoming more saturated with mobile food—many food-truck operators...
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Innovative hot dog options are on the menu at DC-3.
Web Exclusive
With the better-burger segment grabbing headlines with the success of concepts like Five Guys and Smashburger, some operators are turning their attention to reviving the humble hot dog. Once confined to food carts on street corners, the hot dog now finds itself assembled behind fast-casual counters...
Industry News
With some help from Chipotle’s announcement that it would open an Asian fast-casual concept, ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, in 2011, Eastern flavors today are more on restaurateurs’ minds than ever before. According to a recent Technomic report, today’s diners are becoming more familiar with...
Chicken wings are a popular snack food for restaurants.
Menu Innovations
Pub, gastropub, street food. It’s all hot, literally. These foods are playing a role in the growing trend toward protein-heavy mini-meals and snacks among both full-service and quick-service chains. With snack foods taking hold in the last couple of years, proteins in portable form have allowed...
Fries are a popular side or snack at restaurants, and there is room to innovate.
Menu Innovations
It’s 3 p.m., and there are still two hours left in the workday. As the afternoon drags, a snack would be a great pick-me-up. There’s a vending machine in the break room and a convenience store down the street. Better yet, how about something fresh from a restaurant? Increasingly, consumers are...
Catering to minor league and college sports teams is a good way to build sales.
Growth
When sportswriters arrive at Duke University’s Brooks Practice Facility during the fall for the school’s weekly media luncheons with football coach David Cutcliffe, they sit down to a selection of Jimmy John’s sandwiches. The food is delivered every week without fail as part of an arrangement...
Quick service brands use online ordering programs to speed up customer experience.
Forty years since the first McDonald’s drive thru was created near a military base in Arizona in 1975, drive-thru and fast-food restaurants have come to dominate the American restaurant industry.
Quick service brands make impact on restaurant industry with big news events.
It’s fair to say that 2014 has been as eventful a year for quick-service restaurants as the industry has seen in quite a while. Changing demographics and sharper competition have sparked a variety of innovations, but also exposed some weaknesses.
Fast food brands discover restaurant design can affect customer behavior.
A study sponsored by CKE brand Hardee’s revealed a correlation between a restaurant’s interior design and its customers’ healthy dining habits.While the study, “Music & Light,” was conducted at Cornell University’s Food and Brand lab in Ithaca, New York, in 20
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.
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.