Industry News
Chipotle Mexican Grill launched “The Scarecrow,” an arcade-style adventure game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, along with a companion animated short film of the same name. Both the game and the film depict a scarecrow’s journey to bring wholesome food back to the people by providing an...
Krispy Kreme released its pumpkin-themed fall lineup a month early this year.
Industry News
Quick-service operators are launching seasonal menu items earlier this fall in an effort to beat their competition to the punch. From pumpkin doughnuts to caramel apple frozen yogurt, fall-flavored menu items are popping up across the industry even before the season has officially begun. “We...
Industry News
Two Madres Mexican Kitchen, the latest concept by the Galardi Group, offering a fresh and healthy twist on traditional Mexican food, announced the opening of its first fast-casual restaurant located in Mission Viejo, California. With an emphasis on bold flavor profiles and customizable options, Two...
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This fall, Cinnabon Bakeries are offering two new treats that provide a sweet and salty sensation in each taste. The Salted Caramel Center of the Roll and Salted Caramel Chillatta combine both sweet and savory.    The two menu additions are available now through November 2 at participating Cinnabon...
The Galloping Griz food truck brings Mexican-style street food to hungry guests.
Emerging Concepts
Food trucks are going to school, and the Galloping Griz is among the latest to enroll. The University of Montana’s mobile kitchen—which debuted last spring with a $167,000 price tag—provides late-night dishes, namely Mexican-style street food, to the university’s flagship campus in Missoula. It...
Taco Cabana is celebrating 35 years of success in the fast casual Mexican arena.
Growth
5 Years Chicken Salad Chick Small But Strong One stay-at-home mom’s quest to find a nearly perfect chicken salad recipe led founder Stacy Brown to develop the young-but-growing Chicken Salad Chick, a concept with not just one, but 15 separate chicken salad recipes for guests to choose from....
Female executives like Maryanne Rose are climbing the ladder in food service.
Women in Foodservice
For many women in the foodservice and limited-service industries, starting off in entry-level positions—whether in a specific restaurant or a corporate office—is a natural move. But rising up the ladder through years of hard work, discipline, and a certain amount of risk-taking is often the end...
Fast food CEOs like Toppers Pizza's Scott Gittrich build trust with employees.
Executive Insights
With the media and industry experts touting the importance of executive transparency, many brands and leaders are placing a greater emphasis on being open both with their staff and customers. But while the definition of transparency may seem as simple as being honest about actions and motivations,...
Quick service brands add sustainable seafood items to fight ocean climate change.
Sea Change
Though U.S. consumption is well below other proteins today, seafood will likely be an increasingly important part of the American diet in the years to come. The country’s population is predicted to grow by 89 million between 2010 and 2050 to 401 million people. More people require more food—and...
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...
More Wall Street investors look to buy stock in fast casual and quick service concepts.
The Push for Public
When fast-casual chain Zoës Kitchen Inc. debuted on the New York Stock Exchange last April, the Plano, Texas–based Mediterranean-style eatery recorded its initial public offering at $87.5 million. Satisfying an investor appetite for investments within the trendy fast-casual space, Zoës’ strong...
Fast food restaurant companies innovate supply around farm drought conditions.
At Mother Nature’s Mercy
Kevin Kester’s family has been farming in the U.S. for generations. And it’s not just a couple of generations they’ve been farming; more like generations upon generations, way back to the 1600s, specifically in California since the 1860s. Today, Kester owns a 22,000-acre beef cattle ranch in...
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...
The One-Stop Shop
Convenience stores are increasingly taking a larger slice out of the quick-serve pie with fresh food offerings. It’s become such a lucrative business for C-stores that Sheetz, the Pennsylvania-based C-store chain that this week opened its 500th location, is planning stores designed more as fast...