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After a month-long campaign to raise money for troops overseas, Cinnabon raised more than $56,000 through a partnership with Operation Gratitude as part of its third-annual “Hugs from Home” campaign to send care packages to the military. Throughout the month of October, guests who visited Cinnabon bakeries showed their...
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NYPD Pizza, a locally owned and operated family pizza kitchen with locations throughout metro-Phoenix, Arizona, has crafted a proprietary beer called Uptown Amber Ale, in partnership with The Phoenix Ale Brewery. NYPD Pizza is the only pizza restaurant in the Greater Phoenix Area that offers a private-label beer. The new brew is now...
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Franchise businesses will grow at a slightly slower pace in 2013 than in 2012, yet the industry will continue to outpace growth in other business sectors, according to an IHS Global Insight report prepared for the International Franchise Association Educational Foundation (IFAEF).   Compared to 2012, “The Franchise Business...
Tru Deli and Wine in Chapel Hill no longer accepts cash payments.
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Paying a tab with dollar bills could soon be a thing of the past, as some quick-service operators are choosing to no longer accept cash for financial and security purposes. TRU Deli & Wine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is one such operation. The concept, which opened in August, is a deli by day and wine bar by night, but there is a...
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Moe’s Southwest Grill, the fast-growing restaurant franchise best known for its flavorful Southwest fare and fun and engaging brand culture, has opened its doors for the first time in Costa Rica. The restaurant, which began operations in Costa Rica on November 10, 2012, is located at the newly designed Plaza Tempo in Escazu, an...
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A promising start to 2012 for the U.S. restaurant industry followed by not-so-promising spring and summer quarters combined for a lackluster, yet stable industry, reports The NPD Group, a global information company.  The summer (July, August, and September) of 2012 ended on a weaker note than it started, with visits flat compared to...
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It's old news, now: There is a problem with obesity in the U.S. And quick-service restaurants have a responsibility to offer more nutritious menu offerings and encourage a healthy, active lifestyle among their loyal customers.
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New Yorkers protested a city wide sugary beverage ban in 2012.
Consumer Trends
Our athletes went to the Olympics, our science went to Mars, and our people went to the polls. But what of the restaurant industry in 2012? These dozen items from the year had the biggest impact on the foodservice landscape and shaped the industry for a potentially game-changing 2013. An Economy in Flux The economic recovery isn’t...
Quick service restaurants hire summer workers for popular seasonal job.
It's Hiring Time

On the heels of the latest jobs report, which revealed that restaurants added more than 30,000 jobs in March—the 49th consecutive month of growth for the industry—limited-service operators are well positioned for the incoming summer season.

Tropical Smoothie Café's CEO shares how he built a lifestyle brand.
Start to Finish: Mike Rotondo

I worked at Baskin-Robbins all through high school and all through college, and really got into management. I did everything for the franchisee when I was in college—I ordered product, I hired, I fired, I did payroll. So it really got me into the business and hospitality. I thought it was...

Auntie Anne’s invests in tomorrow’s talent.
Promise for the Future

Forget the age-old stereotype of teens being more interested in schlep than success. Auntie Anne’s corporate executives and franchise partners have seen first-hand that there is promising business potential in today’s high-school students.

Fifty teens at the brand’s...

Be Prepared to Clean and Disinfect Bodily Excretions

When vomit, diarrhea, or other bodily excretions mar the environment in a quick-service restaurant, a rapid, well-planned response is imperative. 

It’s essential to clean and disinfect the contaminated area promptly to prevent the spread of illness and protect the health of...

Artisanal bread maker La Brea rebranded to expand vision for foodservice future.
Rising to the Occasion

La Brea Bakery rebranded itself for the first time in 25 years, updating its logo, packaging, and café to reflect its expanding vision while also doubling down on its commitment to supply fresh bread both to foodservice companies and consumers.

La Brea, which was originally built to...

Quick service brands enhance nutritional profile of favorite foods like pizza.
A Picture of Health

Fast food gets a bad rap. The industry is actively cutting back on calories, sodium, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, and other ingredient components that are detrimental to nutrition, but consumers and watchdogs alike are still quick to point fingers when the nation’s health woes...

Quick service concepts like Rise in North Carolina are accepting bitcoin money.
Are Bitcoins Legit?

Despite controversies surrounding the virtual currency bitcoin, a growing number of quick-serve restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and bars are allowing their customers to pay for their food and beverages via the digital currency.

Bitcoins are a currency that is transferred directly...

Quiznos and Sbarro both filed for bankruptcy to relieve debt.
Quiznos & Sbarro: What Went Wrong?

Quiznos and Sbarro this month became the latest two quick-service chains to file for bankruptcy, the result, experts say, of not being able to keep up with the growing competition in their respective categories.

Pork's versatility, cost effectiveness propel its addition to menus.
Pigging Out

Pork was promoted for years as “the other white meat” to boost its exposure and dispel consumer perception that it’s too fatty. These days, pork is anything but “other” at many limited-service restaurants, though it’s often under the guise of specific...