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Napa, California, might be best known for its varietals, but an ambitious new “fast fine” concept has planted roots firmly in wine country. Since April, Heritage Eats has been serving up hyper-local, globally inspired fare. Its founders, Ben Koenig and Chef Jason Kupper, both worked at the fine-...
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While fast casuals and "build-your-own" brands continue to change the landscape of foodservice, progress seems to be stagnating on the aesthetic front. Bob Stoll, president of the build-your-own burger concept Cheeseburger Bobby’s, wanted to break away from the now-standard micas and granites of...
News and insights from last year in top QSR brands in restaurant industry.
Special Report
Read the Profiles Browse the Big Chart See The Contenders Segments Burger Sandwich Snack Mexican Pizza/Pasta Chicken Asian Seafood 1. McDonald’s The Golden Arches’ now-years-long slump has shifted from curious anomaly to serious quagmire, a challenge that company brass seem to grow more...
Young QSR diners look for more premium and bold flavors like high quality seafood dishes.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
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 quarry...
QSR brands release high tech signage and menu boards to illustrate nutritional information.
Outside Insights
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...
Major QSR brands like Taco Bell and Starbucks are investing in job opportunities for disadvantaged.
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For all too many young workers hoping for a bright future, the employment system often seems skewed against them. They want their chance at the American dream, but getting there can be a nightmare for the disadvantaged, the under-represented, and those simply hoping for a fair start. Some major...
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Delivery is about to become more convenient for restaurant patrons and operators. Or at the very least, that is Groupon’s mission with its new delivery and takeout program, Groupon To Go, which launches in Chicago today and other metropolitan areas beginning with Boston and Austin, Texas, this fall...
QSR brands must adapt new technology tools to improve business potential.
Outside Insights
Every day, entrepreneurs dream up new ways to “disrupt” so-called “legacy” businesses like quick-service restaurants. It sometimes feels like we’re just along for the ride, jolted by the twists and turns in the road of innovation. I believe it’s our turn to get ahead of the curve. It’s time to...
Top chefs open new QSR concepts to expand restaurant business portfolio.
Chefs in fast food are nothing new. Culinary Institute of America grad Steve Ells opened the first Chipotle more than 20 years ago.
Quick service brands can explore innovative potato dishes like poutine.
What can I possibly tell you about potatoes, dear quick-serve industry professional, that you don’t already know? It’s not as though you’re unacquainted with America’s favorite starch.
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.
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 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.
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.