Each Packaging Award winner offers fast food restaurants innovative packages.
Industry News
With everything from marketing and branding to menu development and promotions capturing the attention of quick-service brands and operators, it often seems like packaging doesn’t get its due. But as consumers become more sophisticated and discerning about where they spend their time and money,...
Industry News
About 30 percent of hospitality sector employees are Millennials, a larger percentage than ever before, according to the ADP Research Institute. However, very few of these individuals feel confident about their financial future. A 2013 Employee Benefit Research Institute survey reveals that only 15...
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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...
Industry News
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...
10 Challenges for Fast-Casual Leaders
While the fast-casual category continues to be the fastest-growing industry sector, the road in 2015 will be bumpy. We will see constant change and challenges around every corner. For industry leaders, there are issues that will keep even the most seasoned executive awake at night.  Here is my top...
Quick service pizza restaurants roll out mobile apps and ordering tools.
Order’s Up
More than two decades ago, Pizza Hut sold its first pizza online—reportedly the first thing ever sold on the Internet. Ever since, the nation’s pizza chains have been leading the way in online sales innovation. And this year, that innovation is expected to continue as pizza brands fight off a stiff...
The top quick service restaurant brands from year 2014 served new menu items, technology, innovation.
2014’s Top Brand Stories
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. Innovation and growth are a couple of the common themes among the top fast-food brand stories of...
Quick service restaurant executives run charity effort to raise funds for cancer research.
A Personal Connection
When Lori Newcomb found out she had stage III ovarian cancer last year, she made it her mission to learn more about the disease and help other women fighting the same battle. She sat down with her husband, Chris Newcomb, cofounder and CEO of Southern quick-service chain Newk’s Eatery, and together...
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...
Quick service restaurant operators can survey equipment options at NAFEM Show.
2015 NAFEM Show Preview
THE Q&A We spoke with officials at the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers about what attendees can expect from this year’s event. What is the purpose of the NAFEM Show? The NAFEM Show features foodservice equipment and supplies from 500-plus manufacturers. At the show,...