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...
Critics and customers each have opinions about what the right portion size is
Health
In 2004, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock released a documentary, Super Size Me, that made waves across the foodservice sector and among American consumers. By eating nothing but McDonald’s food for 30 days and ordering the Super Sized version of a meal each time it was offered, Spurlock documented the...
The FDA has been given more power by the government to oversee food supply.
Industry News
After a long and tortuous legislative journey, the FDA Modernization Act, a fundamental recalibration of the nation’s food safety system, has finally passed Congress and was signed by President Obama on January 4. In amending the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938, the Modernization Act...
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Forty markets around the U.S. are best for quick-serve expansion.
Growth
Watch: Buffalo Tops Growth 40 List Sitting on the edge of the U.S.-Canadian border and taking a backseat to another, more cosmopolitan, Empire State city, Buffalo, New York, often falls into the background. The city’s beloved NFL team plays the occasional home game in Toronto, its intense winters...
Quick service brands add sustainable seafood items to fight ocean climate change.
Sea Change
Though U.S. consumption is well below other proteins today, seafood will likely be an increasingly important part of the American diet in the years to come. The country’s population is predicted to grow by 89 million between 2010 and 2050 to 401 million people. More people require more food—and...
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...
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...
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...
Burger chain Shake Shack sees phenomenal growth from commitment to product and charity.
Three Lessons in Charitable Giving from Shake Shack
No doubt you’ve heard about Shake Shack’s successful IPO and its $1.7 billion valuation. The burger stand that started in New York’s Madison Square Park and now has locations in places like Moscow, Istanbul, and Dubai has had a very big year. What you may not have heard is the equally big news the...
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...