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Doc Popcorn plans to open approximately 15 new locations in Palace Entertainment venues across the country. The announcement follows the success of Doc Popcorn’s first PopCart unit at the Lake Compounce Amusement Park, a Palace Entertainment venue located in Bristol, Conneticut. Palace...
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The latest menu innovation at Tropical Smoothie Café is getting its share of attention from vegans, vegetarians, and “flexitarians” alike. That’s because they’re chicken strips—without the chicken. Created by Los Angeles–based Beyond Meat—a company that develops plant-based protein products meant...
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In celebration of National Frozen Yogurt Month—which kicks off June 1—16 Handles is launching its Artisan Collection, an assortment of self-serve frozen yogurt flavors and toppings crafted by a team of culinary chefs and experts.  16 Handles new Artisan Fro-Yo Collection launches with three flavors...
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Togo’s, a “West Coast Original” since 1971 serving up made-to-order sandwiches stuffed with fresh ingredients, announced the return of its BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, available through August 27 at Togo’s nearly 250 locations. Togo’s BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich features pulled pork dripping with Sweet...
Wrap concept BSkis in Chapel Hill successfully delivers food to campus students.
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Burger King hopes its new delivery service will be a great profit-driver for the chain, as the company is banking on customers to put in large orders for office lunches, birthday parties, and other gatherings in the select cities where the service is offered. But it may not be the only brand with a...
Superfoods like blueberries offer nutritional and flavorful menu potential.
Menu Innovations
Look, up on the table! It’s a burdock. It’s a plantain. It’s … superfood! Although there’s nothing really super-heroic about eating nutrition-rich fruits and vegetables, the foods give customers an opportunity to pursue healthier options at a time when many Americans are trying to rein in their...
Costa Vida offers fresh Mexican ingredients in a laid back fast casual setting.
Emerging Concepts
A decade ago, JD and Sarah Gardner returned home to Utah from a trip to Cabo San Lucas, inspired by the surfing culture and local cuisine of the Baja Peninsula Coast. Soon after, the pair opened Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill. Sean Collins and Dave Rutter—who were partners in a family entertainment...
Quick service brands are using big data to streamline and improve business.
Operations
Franchisees, C-suite executives, and marketing experts in the limited-service industry have likely all come across the term big data in some form or another over the last couple of years. But unless their background or interests lie in analytics or statistics, they probably shrugged it off as part...
Quick service concepts with breakfast focus offer more menu items for lunch day part.
Taking a Bite Out of Lunch
As the only daypart with marked growth in the limited-service industry, the breakfast business is hot. It seems that every week brings more news of morning daypart expansion from this or that brand. Faced with this increased competition, those brands already built around coffee, bagels, doughnuts,...
Food service operators open mobile carts and trucks to serve menu at events.
Taking This Show on the Road
Forget the rock-hard pretzels and suspicious-looking hot dogs that cart vendors were once known for. Nowadays, the mobile foodservice space is populated by specialty coffee concepts, gourmet popcorn carts, and Korean barbecue on wheels. And business is booming for these operators as they look to...
Quick service restaurants like Arbys launch charity events to raise money and awareness.
Fighting Hunger, One State at a Time
When Arby’s Hungry for Happiness mobile tour pulls into town, people notice. It’s hard to miss the fire-engine red semi truck and trailer emblazoned with a beaming young girl enchanted by a bite of giant watermelon. But the rolling outfit, on the streets in partnership with Share Our Strength’s No...
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...
McDonalds is one major fast food chain to incorporate Apple's new mobile tool.
Apple’s Game Changer
Although the concept of consumers using their smartphones to pay for food at limited-service restaurants is nothing new, the mobile payment industry is expected to get a huge boost with last month’s launch of Apple Pay. The payment service is available with Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus....
The Lighter Side
Offering healthier dining options is essential in today’s competitive marketplace, even for a brand built on indulgence. Sometimes, though, it takes clever marketing to draw consumers’ attention to these better-for-you items. CKE sister brands Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. did just that with the June...
Fast food giant Burger King stirred up controversy with purchase of Canada brand Tim Hortons.
Burger King’s Big Move
In a move that shook the fast-food industry earlier this week, Burger King announced its official merger with Canadian coffee-and-doughnuts concept Tim Hortons. The new company, to be headquartered in Canada, will be the third-largest quick-service company in the world, with more than 18,000...