Industry News
Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, announced the launch of a new line of shelf-stable, sherbet-flavored freezer bars, which are rolling out at major national retailers this spring. Baskin-Robbins’ Sherbet Flavored Freezer Bars are the first freezer bar treat from Baskin-Robbins that guests...
Salsarita's offers a range of Mexican menu options including fresh salsa.
Emerging Concepts
Prior to purchasing Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina from its founder in 2011, CEO Phil Friedman spent 11 years expanding McAlister’s Deli from 27 to 300 units. These days, he and Salsarita’s president and COO Larry Reinstein are looking to grow the fresh-Mex concept. And grow it has, with a double-digit percentage growth in...
Superfoods like whole grains and oatmeal offer healthy menu alternative.
Menu Innovations
Superfoods have swept the culinary world into a frenzy, enticing consumers with a taste of the exotic and courting them with nutrition and functionality, to the point where restaurants across the country are trying to stake a claim in this fledgling movement. Quick-service restaurants are keeping in stride, and many have ventured beyond...
Food production systems like hydroponics help restaurants use more local goods.
Ingredients & Dayparts
No longer is local sourcing just a utopian ideal. It’s a practice coming to life and continually gaining momentum in foodservice, with the number of local ingredients on menus growing by 73 percent over the last four years, according to market research firm Mintel. But, at its most basic level, it’s a tale of two industries.
Restaurant operators should instill a marketing message throughout their stores.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR’s Marketing Guru
Q: I've got a solid logo and look for my business, an ad campaign that works pretty reliably, and a good following on Facebook. What can I do to take my brand to the next level? A: Try this: Imagine your brand as a source of light. In an ideal world, the light of your brand would shine brightly and directly on your intended customers...
Industry News
This past fall (August 30-December 31, 2012), Dole challenged schools nationwide to create videos that promote healthy eating and incorporate fruit consumption in a school foodservice setting. Packaged Foods LLC is pleased to announce the grand prize winner of this 2nd annual DOLE Fruit Flash Mob contest is Indian River High School (...
Corner Bakery's new menu items use fresh ingredients to offer premium quality.
Industry News
In a push to distinguish itself from growing competition in the fast-casual bakery-café space, Corner Bakery Café is doubling down on menu innovation. The 22-year-old, Dallas-based chain recently leveraged its high-quality kitchen equipment and capabilities, as well as more than 40 fresh fruits and vegetables delivered daily to its...
Industry News
Frozen-yogurt chain TCBY may be the category leader—ahead of brands like Pinkberry, Red Mango, and Menchie’s with nearly 18 percent market share, according to an October 2012 report from IBISWorld—but it refuses to get too comfortable in its place out front. In fact, following several major moves over the last few years...
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...

Artisanal bread maker La Brea rebranded to expand vision for foodservice future.
Rising to the Occasion

La Brea Bakery rebranded itself for the first time in 25 years, updating its logo, packaging, and café to reflect its expanding vision while also doubling down on its commitment to supply fresh bread both to foodservice companies and consumers.

La Brea, which was originally built to...

Quick serves can improve and innovate menu items with bold spices and flavors.
The Art of “Right-Spicing”

Sometime in the late 1990s, I was in Albuquerque with a sweet tooth and a few extra minutes before my flight. Working my way through a busy retail area, I happened upon a hole-in-the-wall pie shop offering what were, at the time, some of the most unusual pastries I’d ever seen or heard of...

A Maui Wowi quick service franchisee keeps his day job while running restaurant.
Balancing Act

Franchisees entering the quick-service space might not need to quit their day job, after all.

A high school teacher for going on 11 years, Chad Knee recently ventured into the quick-serve industry with fruit smoothie and coffee retailer Maui Wowi Hawaiian, opening his first unit in June....

Quick service brands enhance nutritional profile of favorite foods like pizza.
A Picture of Health

Fast food gets a bad rap. The industry is actively cutting back on calories, sodium, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, and other ingredient components that are detrimental to nutrition, but consumers and watchdogs alike are still quick to point fingers when the nation’s health woes...

Be Prepared to Clean and Disinfect Bodily Excretions

When vomit, diarrhea, or other bodily excretions mar the environment in a quick-service restaurant, a rapid, well-planned response is imperative. 

It’s essential to clean and disinfect the contaminated area promptly to prevent the spread of illness and protect the health of...

Quick service restaurants hire summer workers for popular seasonal job.
It's Hiring Time

On the heels of the latest jobs report, which revealed that restaurants added more than 30,000 jobs in March—the 49th consecutive month of growth for the industry—limited-service operators are well positioned for the incoming summer season.

Quiznos and Sbarro both filed for bankruptcy to relieve debt.
Quiznos & Sbarro: What Went Wrong?

Quiznos and Sbarro this month became the latest two quick-service chains to file for bankruptcy, the result, experts say, of not being able to keep up with the growing competition in their respective categories.

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...