Health and nutrition fast casual innovates menu items for diet seekers.
Emerging Concepts
LYFE Kitchen cofounder and chief brand officer Mike Donahue says the growing concept offers convenient, affordable, great-tasting food that just happens to be healthy. “I don’t lead with the ‘H’ word,” he says. “People interested in healthy eating will find us.” But the “H” word is what sets LYFE...
Industry News
A bagel and a smoothie might not seem like a natural pairing, but Bruegger’s Bagels and Jamba Juice are looking to build a relationship that benefits both brands. “We had done some cobranding with Caribou in the past [and] what we learned was that the power of two really good brands can make an...
Industry News
Diners will have to wait until the end of 2016 to find calorie labels on all chain restaurant menus. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that restaurants and other establishments will now have until December 1, 2016, to comply with federal menu labeling rules—one year beyond the original...
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QSR icon Roy Rogers back from the dead with new owners and growth strategy.
Web Exclusive
Most Millennials wouldn’t know Roy Rogers, the iconic Western movie star, from a cowboy’s tin of beans. That’s utterly irrelevant to Roy Rogers, the Frederick Maryland–based quick-service chain that’s making a steady turnaround in a serious bid for 21st century relevance. Never mind that even...
Start up technology entrepreneurs use disruption method to change restaurant industry.
Guest Experience
It was another late night last fall at the LivingSocial office in Washington, D.C., and Alan Clifford and Ian Costello were hungry. As vice presidents of customer relationship management and product development, respectively, the two were often burning the midnight oil and coming upon the same...
QSR franchisee uses tips from government work to turn restaurants around.
Franchising
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. She spent four...
Industry News
It’s finally happening—through a collaboration between the frozen yogurt shop Pinkberry and the delivery service Postmates, frozen yogurt is now available for delivery. After years of optimizing its products for travel in the catering business, Pinkberry has become the first in its category to...
AOL founder and investor Steve Case bets on upstart fast casuals like Sweetgreen.
Guest Experience
Perhaps best known for cofounding America Online (AOL) and later serving as its CEO, Steve Case has now turned his attention to foodservice. Like many tech innovators, he sees great potential to “disrupt” the system through technology and a tech mindset. Case serves as chairman and CEO of the...
QSR restaurant concepts can leverage data to improve business sustainability.
The quick-service restaurant industry is built on the delivery of food—and data. The former is obvious, complemented by the physical layout and the queue of customers, standing or seated, waiting, respectively, to place their orders or receive their meals.
QSR donut concept franchise owner uses leadership skills gained on Mt Everest.
Jeff Gottfurcht summited Mount Everest on May 14, 2011, at 6:10 A.M.
Older QSR chains work on fresh marketing and store design to be young again.
At Zaxby’s annual convention in San Diego last April, there was plenty of celebration for the chicken-peddling chain, its franchisees, and vendors, highlighted by a private concert from country music superstar Tim McGraw.Amid the festive atmosphere, however, there was also much reflection.
QSR brands partner with equity firms to finance restaurant unit growth.
Equity relationships are intended to be mutually beneficial, with the brands and their private equity (PE) partners both contributing—and both reaping the rewards. But brands may not know what to expect from the partnership as it matures.
QSR operators move operations systems to cloud based technology.
You would be hard pressed to find a quick-service operator who, when asked why they started their own business, answered by saying it was to become the CIO of the company.
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.