VG Burgers saves most of its costly organic food.
Sustainability
The sustainability movement is in full swing in the quick-serve industry, and as operations look for ways to go green, many are opting for systems that reduce the amount of waste that comes out of their stores and turns up in landfills. While composting and recycling programs do plenty of good for...
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Good customer service should be important to all fast food restaurants.
Story
OK, I’ll admit, the restaurant scene is not the greatest in Payson. We are a quiet little town somewhere between Phoenix and the recreational Tonto Forest. We are not a destination. We are a way to get somewhere else. Therefore, our restaurant choice is limited to 14 of the 15 top quick-service...
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Corner Bakery was aquired by Roark Capital as a positive sign for fast casuals.
Story
In both my business and personal life, I always take a few minutes in July to look over the first half of the year to recalibrate and get ready for the next six months. Let’s take a look at how the industry has fared in the first half of 2011. First of all, I am very excited to see more activity in...
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Marketing to Hispanic consumers must be a top priority for today's businesses.
Outside Insights
Companies today are where they were in the 1980s—at an impasse of how to capitalize on Hispanic consumers. This time, however, companies are struggling to grow an existing Hispanic customer base rather than capture it. Among factors in play are contradicting data espoused by outside influences; a...
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Young employees are being recruited into the restaurant industry.
Special Report
Pop culture has not been kind to the quick-service industry. From the lovable-but-dumb employees in Good Burger to the drug-addled protagonists of Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, the industry is seen as a haven for dimwits, losers, and the vaguely criminal. Thousands of high school teachers...
Fast casual veteran Phil Friedman purchased the Salsarita's restaurant chain.
Web Exclusive
A week after the announcement that he’d acquired Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, former McAlister’s Deli CEO Phil Friedman says his plan for the fast casual is to saturate its existing markets. Friedman says his strategy is to “exploit” Salsarita’s presence in the Southeastern U.S., where the majority...
More customers are using smartphones, offering a strong marketing vehicle.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
I’ve got some good news and some bad news.   The good news? Mobile is hot! According to marketing services firm Listrak, there are more than 270 million mobile phones in use in the U.S. and 100 billion text messages are sent or received every month, making mobile the most popular way to communicate...
Aasif Mandvi stars in Taco Bell's new marketing campaign.
Industry News
Taco Bell launched a new, integrated marketing campaign aimed at summer customers looking to pinch a few pennies. The new campaign, titled “Spend Less Summer,” features TV advertisements starring comedian Aasif Mandvi of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” as Mr. Responsibility, a value-minded...
QSR operators work to make higher wages effective in restaurant operation.
The minimum wage is on the mind of most quick-service operators today, especially as many states and cities pass regulations that bump the minimum wage upward.But when Moo Cluck Moo founder Brian Parker and his team first sat down to discuss employee pay, he says, the minimum wage wasn’t even
Head quick service restaurant chef offers ideas on using raw and fresh foods on menu.
Raw fruits and vegetables are often an afterthought in restaurants.
Young QSR diners look for more premium and bold flavors like high quality seafood dishes.
Regular readers of this column know that for some years now, I’ve been dispensing suggestions on how quick-serve chains can do more to court millions of Millennials, aka members of Generation Y, whose adventurous palates, curious minds, and unconventional tastes have often made them elusive qu
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 release high tech signage and menu boards to illustrate nutritional information.
As most of the food industry knows, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced an extension to the rule released last year requiring that restaurant chains and retailers provide customers with calorie counts on available food and beverages by December 1, 2015.Now restaurants have an e
QSR brands must adapt new technology tools to improve business potential.
Every day, entrepreneurs dream up new ways to “disrupt” so-called “legacy” businesses like quick-service restaurants.