QSR operators move operations systems to cloud based technology.
Outside Insights
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. Yet, with the myriad of disparate hardware and software systems that quick serves need to keep their businesses running,...
Industry News
As pizza concepts continue to saturate the market, it can be difficult for brands to stand out among their competitors. Posh Tomato, a family-owned concept based in Brooklyn, New York, has two distinguishing factors going for it: a crust even thinner than the standard Neapolitan and an exceptional...
QSR beef suppliers debate sustainable production to meet consumer demand.
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On its face, the very notion of sustainable beef might seem like an oxymoron. How, after all, can something as environmentally intensive as beef production be used in the same sentence as sustainable? But now, a gathering of such disparate groups as cattlemen, retailers, beef processors, financial...
QSR brands grow business through franchise and corporate owned stores.
Franchising
Operations ran pretty smoothly when Jeff Osterfeld opened his first Penn Station East Coast Subs in 1985 in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Things got a little dicey after the company founder had opened three stores. He learned that if he was at one store, it would be fine—the food would come out...
Industry News
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-...
Industry News
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...
Baked goods like cinnamon rolls give fast food restaurants a breakfast staple.
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.
Quick service brands can set menu prices based on food qualities.
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series on pricing strategies within the quick-service restaurant industry. Click here to read part one.Welcome back, class.
QSR brand mascots give restaurants marketing tool for connecting with young generations.
The limited-service restaurant industry has a legacy of colorful mascots, from clowns to kings, walking hamburgers to cookies with faces, and cartoon bears to a certain Chihuahua with a penchant for Mexican fare.In its simplest application, a mascot can make a child’s birthday party more memor
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.
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.