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In what is the largest new menu rollout in its 75-year history, the Dairy Queen system, a Berkshire Hathaway company, today announced the roll-out of the new DQ Bakes! menu with nine innovative products across three categories: Hot Desserts à la Mode, Artisan-style Sandwiches, and Snack Melts. The...
QSR operators dish raw and uncooked foods to improve healthy eating.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
Like other trends that embrace certain extremes and require more than a touch of sacrifice on the part of followers, the raw food movement’s appeal has been—up to this point, anyway—fairly limited. It is unknown exactly how many Americans today completely eschew cooked foods and stick to a diet...
Restaurant owners talks daily work it takes to build QSR brand.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
Neither of us came from a background of restaurateurs. Starting out, we were simply a couple of college students in the same fraternity at the University of Florida who liked to eat food. Both of us were in business-focused majors, and we took a look at the quick-serve market in our college area...
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Many of the themes at the Menus of Change conference have been obvious issues for the restaurant industry, including antibiotic-treated protein, sustainable agriculture, and more nutritious plates among others. But on the final day, Friday, presenters broached the important but less obvious topic...
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Pei Wei Fresh Kitchen, a fast casual focused on Asian cuisine and wok’d-to-order dishes, is broadening its focus to help the thousands affected by the damaging storms Mother Nature has been doling out over the last two weeks. Relentless rainfall in southern Texas has bested levies and left many...
QSR brands look for money lenders to finance their business expansion.
Finance
Let’s talk money. First, the good news: There is plenty of money available for foodservice operators and brands looking to grow or strengthen their concepts. Stakeholders from across the restaurant financial services spectrum agree on that. U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) financing is at a...
QSR restaurants use new EMV point of sale to follow guidelines.
Ordering
For many years, Europe has had stronger protection against credit card fraud than the U.S. But now that technology is making its way stateside. Scores of retailers, including quick-serve operators, will begin using EMV chip card technology to more effectively combat the pervasive and costly problem...
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At Menus of Change, chefs, C-suite execs, nutritionists, and health policy experts alike preached a mission to imbue the foodservice industry with healthier menu options. But as compelling as these appeals were, most begged the simple question of how. Consumers and operators worried that they would...
QSR franchisee uses tips from government work to turn restaurants around.
Before becoming a Chronic Tacos franchisee, Audra de Vera worked as a federal agent for the U.S. Department of Health and Urban Development (HUD). With a degree in international security and conflict resolution from San Diego State University, de Vera investigated financial fraud.
The quick service restaurant Lion's Choice will expand under new owners.
When Marvin Gibbs decided that he wanted to sell the quick-service chain he started 45 years ago, he knew he had to sell it to someone that understood the business. His St.
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.
QSR brands must adapt new technology tools to improve business potential.
Every day, entrepreneurs dream up new ways to “disrupt” so-called “legacy” businesses like quick-service restaurants.
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.
Young QSR diners look for more premium and bold flavors like high quality seafood dishes.
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 qu