Quick service restaurants face competition in C stores and supermarkets.
Competition
It’s a brave new foodservice world. The quick-service restaurant community is facing increasing competition from supermarkets, convenience stores, and big-box retailers that are offering their own prepared food choices and branded restaurant concepts. While retail food offerings are not a new...
Quick service veteran Kathleen Wood inspired by creating dessert joint for families.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
I unequivocally love the foodservice industry. Since I was 14 years old, being around this business has been my life. The local Italian restaurant in my town growing up was my first experience, and I held almost every job there, including cooking right alongside the grandma of the family-owned...
Quick service restaurant chains invest in new growth with new finance and franchise strategies.
Finance
Like much of the rest of the economy, the 2008 economic meltdown brought a massive slow-down to the quick-service franchise industry. The combination of tightfisted money lenders and general economic uncertainty put franchise businesses in a near impossible position when it came to accessing...
Industry News
On March 16, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen unveiled its new Red Stick Chicken and a corresponding mobile game at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin. The newest limited-time offer continues the brand’s storytelling mission with a Louisiana emphasis. “We couldn’t think of a better place to...
Quick service restaurant chains promote whole grain menu items.
Web Exclusive
Whole-grain products are no longer a niche part of the foodservice industry. Seventy-two percent of consumers want more whole-grain products from restaurants, according to a 2014 International Food Information Council survey. And some 10,000 food items with the whole-grain stamp brought in $9...
Fast food restaurant leaders help train high school students to enter quick service.
Charitable Giving
When the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (CRAEF) held its first Force in Training (FIT) program, volunteers from several quick-serve brands stepped up to help high school students prepare for possible foodservice employment. “Quick service is a very large segment of our...
Industry News
When Salsa Fiesta opened its sixth domestic location last month, it rolled out a hybrid service model: quick serve for weekday lunches and full-service dining for evenings and weekends. Prior to opening the newest store in Miami Lakes, Florida, the Mexican concept had exclusively used limited...
Quick service restaurant entrepreneurs develop new concepts in incubators.
Growth
When Tom Ferguson wanted to develop a burger food truck, he had a few advantages. By working out of his existing facility at Durham Catering Co. in Durham, North Carolina, he had ready access to a kitchen, staff, and equipment. It’s the same way he tested a now-shelved pasta concept and then...
QSR operators dish raw and uncooked foods to improve healthy eating.
Like other trends that embrace certain extremes and require more than a touch of sacrifice on the part of followers, the raw food movement’s appeal has been—up to this point, anyway—fairly limited.It is unknown exactly how many Americans today completely eschew cooked foods and sti
Top upcoming QSR brands on verge of restaurant success.
Read the ProfilesBrowse the Big ChartSee The ContendersSegmentsBurgerSandwichSnackMexicanPizza/PastaChickenAsianSeafood The evolution of the limited-service restaurant industry continued in 2014, as traditional powerhouses faltered while fast casuals and other rising concepts asserted themselve
Restaurant operators know that establishing strong relationships with vendors is
Richard Leivenberg, executive vice president for Jody Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom in Venice, California, knows a thing or two about relationships.
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 operators move operations systems to cloud based technology.
You would be hard pressed to find a quick-service operator who, when asked why they started their own business, answered by saying it was to become the CIO of the company.
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.