Human Resources
Starbucks made waves in March when it launched a campaign in which the slogan “Race Together” adorned its cups. The move was intended to spark a discussion about race and diversity among employees and customers. Starbucks’ campaign ended shortly after it started; critics thought the initiative was...
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Menu Innovations
What is Captain D’s working on in menu development today? We’ve been around a long time; the company was founded in 1969. For much of that time, we were a batter-and-breading house. The fish and chips has been and still is our No. 1 selling item. The grill is probably the biggest news for us in...
Industry News
Consumers are drinking more … coffee and specialty beverages, that is. According to the National Restaurant Association’s annual forecast, snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars are estimated to witness a 5.2 percent sales boost in 2015. This burgeoning popularity helps explain how two sister...
QSR brands must change pay models to incorporate new government regulations.
Web Exclusive
When President Barack Obama announced a sweeping change to the country’s overtime pay law on June 30, the ripples from the first proposed adjustment in decades were immediately felt throughout the retail industry. To some employees, it could spell the end of working extra hours without additional...
Industry News
Putting a dish like pasta in a cone might seem like a wholly American way to rush through a leisurely meal. But for Emanuele Attala, chef and co-owner of the Spaghetti Incident in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the inspiration came from his hometown of Rimini, Italy. “During the summer they do a...
Industry News
Technology has long been lauded as the saving grace of an industry that relies heavily on efficiency, but amidst all of the marketing, hopes, and hype, it can be hard to tell what the big picture of restaurant tech really looks like for operators on a day-to-day basis. In an enlightening...
QSR sandwich chain executive talks inspiration to buy company.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
I remember falling in love with Capriotti’s in college. My roommate, lifetime friend, and now current business partner came home one day praising Capriotti’s as the best sandwich he had ever had. After a week, he practically dragged me there himself. He was right: It was the best sandwich I'd ever...
QSR restaurant concepts streamline unit design to better manage customer traffic.
Design
Operators are often looking to improve their store throughput, or the efficiency with which they get customers through the restaurant. But at least one industry expert thinks that as they do so, they’re overlooking the business potential of zone merchandising to both speed throughput and boost...
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.