Introducing vegetarian options can be both sustainable and healthy.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
What would you need to do to have a truly sustainable restaurant chain? The answer depends on whom you ask.  Talk to a scientist who’s concerned about the impact of greenhouse gases on global climate change, and he will probably tell you that being sustainable means cutting your energy use, which...
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Togo’s uses Yelp to respond to guest comments within 24 hours.
Technology
It wasn’t long ago when quick-serve guests were asked to fill out paper comment cards to help brands gather both positive and negative feedback. However, with advancements in technology and customers’ growing reliance on cell phones and tablets, traditional guest-satisfaction surveys are quickly...
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Project Pie has signed an official agreement with master franchise partner DBE Project to open 25 restaurants in the Philippines over the next three years. The first three locations are slated to open in 2013, all within the Metro Manila region. The first Project Pie opened July 31 in Mandaluyong...
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La Madeleine Country French Café announced the expansion of its sandwich menu and debut of four new gourmet, oven-baked sandwiches. This marks the first introduction of new sandwiches for the brand since 2008. The sandwiches feature French-inspired ingredients such as roasted vegetables, premium...
NYC Bagel Deli sold more than 10,500 Groupon deals for the brand last May.
Industry News
Two years ago, daily-deal sites such as Groupon, LivingSocial, and a host of other regional and national players boomed as customers clamored for discounted products and services. Many of the sites eventually closed up shop as the trend faded and the space became too saturated. The major daily-deal...
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Starbucks Coffee Company today welcomed the return of the iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL), back for its 10th anniversary. Starbucks is celebrating the beverage’s 10th season as a fall tradition, which fans have established as the company’s most popular seasonal beverage of all time, having...
Peggy and Andrew Cherng helped build Panda Express into an Asian food giant.
Growth
The tale of Andrew and Peggy Cherng reads a bit like a classic American story. The two immigrated to the U.S., began dating in college, married, raised three children, and pursued professional and personal success by opening their own business. Of course, not every classic American story spawns a $...
Shake Shack is one quick serve brand that contributes to the anti hunger effort.
Industry News
While the obesity epidemic has received a lot of attention in the U.S., hunger, particularly childhood hunger, is a serious problem that tends to be less understood by the American masses. More than 16 million kids (one in five) in the U.S. do not have access to the food they need, according to...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...