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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.
The top quick service restaurant brands from year 2014 served new menu items, technology, innovation.
It’s that time of year. Time to look back and reflect upon the brand developments in quick service from the past year—from the surprising to the exciting and the defining—that seemed most important.
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 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 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 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.