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Creating a simple brand image can be quite complicated—but it may also pay off. Four years ago, one branding and marketing company set out to prove that consumers really do value simplicity. Siegel+Gale began surveying thousands of individuals across six countries as a part of its annual Global...
Working capital can help owners buy new equipment, renovate stores, and more.
Outside Insights
Take a look at the following statements, and guess which one came from a business luminary and which came from a restaurant industry pioneer: “Small businesses don’t fail for lack of capital.” “The growth challenge looms even larger in the brutally combative restaurant industry, where four out...
Fast casual alchol programs help differentiate businesses from other fast food.
Outside Insights
Ordering a beer with your burger or a margarita with the taco special at your favorite fast-casual restaurant used to be a rarity, but more concepts are now offering alcoholic selections, from beer to signature cocktails. With the increased awareness and education of adult beverage culture in our...
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Successful relationships are a two-way street, with both sides participating in a give-and-take that benefits each partner. That relationship is no different in collaborations between limited-service brands and their investment firms. On the surface level, capital investments from an equity firm...
Baked goods like cinnamon rolls give fast food restaurants a breakfast staple.
Menu Innovations
Baked goods have been a staple in the quick-serve industry for decades, but innovation in the space has boomed as several operators step up their a.m. offerings to compete in that increasingly lucrative daypart. Coffee concepts are a natural fit for baked goods. In addition to a morning cup of java...
Mexican fast food chain Chronic Tacos offers authentic dishes and flavors.
Emerging Concepts
Chronic Tacos CEO Michael Mohammed says it’s the recipes that make his California-based quick-serve concept stand out in the fast-casual Mexican food arena. “The founders bought the recipes from a family friend, who was third-generation Mexican-American,” Mohammed says. “The flavor is more...
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Evolution Fresh, the Starbucks subsidiary specializing in cold-pressed juices, made a splash earlier this month after announcing the opening of its first juicery in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Adding to Starbuck’s five coffee roasting plants, the $70 million, 264,000 square foot juicery enables...
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In honor of World Hunger Day on October 16, four well-known New York City chefs gathered to compete in the first-ever Beaulieu Vineyard Give & Give Back Chef Challenge. The event, hosted by Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) and actor Chris Noth, challenged the chefs to create nutritious, delicious, and...
QSR has singled out quick service restaurants like Toppers Pizza as emerging concepts.
Where Are They Now?
Each month, QSR singles out the quick-service and fast-casual brands we think will make a splash in the industry. Sometimes we’re right, and sometimes we’re… well, not. So which Ones to Watch brands are still on fire, and which ones have had their growth hopes doused? Here’s a look back at 15 Ones...
Quick service concepts like Rise in North Carolina are accepting bitcoin money.
Are Bitcoins Legit?
Despite controversies surrounding the virtual currency bitcoin, a growing number of quick-serve restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and bars are allowing their customers to pay for their food and beverages via the digital currency. Bitcoins are a currency that is transferred directly between buyer...
Quick service brands leverage franchise system for strategic growth.
The Franchise Formula
For upstart quick-service restaurants considering the move to franchising, the path can precipitate a major shift in business model and operations. Beyond the economic investment in franchising, experts say, operators must ensure their brand will consistently deliver quality across all locations. “...
Modern restaurants capitalize on traditional approaches.
Old School Meets New
Call it a reflection of consumers’ growing desire for local fare or their increasing demand for cleaner food with minimal processing and fewer ingredients. But one thing is for sure in foodservice today: What’s old is most decidedly new again. Both brands and customers are returning to an old-...
Quick service brand serves all vegan food to health conscious customers.
Ones To Watch: Native Foods Café
The owners of the vegan fast-casual concept Native Foods Café decided if they could make it in Chicago—home of cheesy deep-dish pizza and Vienna beef hot dogs—they could make it anywhere. Founded in Palm Springs, California, by a vegan chef in 1994, Native Foods Café grew into a four-store chain...
Getting a Head Start
This year has been projected as a growth year for the restaurant industry, creating opportunities for entrepreneurs who dream of opening their own restaurant. Forty-seven percent of Americans’ food dollars are spent dining away from home, and restaurant sales are expected to hit a record high this...
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...
Auntie Anne’s invests in tomorrow’s talent.
Promise for the Future
Forget the age-old stereotype of teens being more interested in schlep than success. Auntie Anne’s corporate executives and franchise partners have seen first-hand that there is promising business potential in today’s high-school students. Fifty teens at the brand’s Leaders & Entrepreneurs...
QSR has singled out quick service restaurants like Toppers Pizza as emerging concepts.
Where Are They Now?
Each month, QSR singles out the quick-service and fast-casual brands we think will make a splash in the industry. Sometimes we’re right, and sometimes we’re… well, not. So which Ones to Watch brands are still on fire, and which ones have had their growth hopes doused? Here’s a look back at 15 Ones...