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This February, frozen-yogurt brand Pinkberry will debut its Valentine's Day collection, featuring some of its most decadent flavors: Salted Caramel, Coconut (which is returning from the Flavor Vault starting February 1), and Chocolate Hazelnut. If Pinkberry guests purchase five items from the...
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Dickey's, a barbecue franchise known for its slow-smoke barbecue, is adding a new limited-time-only Spicy Chicken Sandwich to its menu. "We take our time in developing new menu items to make sure they offer something unique and exciting to our customers," says Roland Dickey, Jr., president and CEO...
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Uncle Ben's announced its Spring Promotion to help operators receive up to $1,000 in rebate rewards on product purchases. Up to $6 per case is earned in cash back on a variety of Uncle Ben's products purchased from March 4 through May 3, 2013. Uncle Ben's offers a wide variety of main-course and...
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Frozen-yogurt brand 16 Handles announced the release of its newest flavor: Mocha Java Chip.  A proprietary new addition, Mocha Java Chip pairs a dark chocolate taste with fresh, micro-ground coffee beans for a refreshing pick me up. As with all 16 Handles’ flavors, Mocha Java Chip is Kosher...
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Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh-sliced and fresh-grilled East Coast–style subs, has kicked off the New Year with the opening of its first-ever airport locations.  The first restaurant opened at McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas on January 7, with the second following the...
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American Roadside Burgers has broken ground in Greenville, South Carolina. To build its newest store, American Roadside demolished an existing service station in downtown Greenville. The building was unsuitable for renovation into a restaurant, and instead the company will build its first new...
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For a limited time, get hooked on Wendy’s Premium Fish Fillet sandwich and make every day a “Fish Fry Day.” Wendy’s serves 100 percent North Pacific Cod hand-cut fillet, lightly breaded in a crispy panko crumb coating topped off with fresh lettuce and tartar sauce. Weighing in at 3.4 ounces, Wendy’...
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Travelers making their way through Portland International Airport will be surprised to find their favorite coffee in a new location that takes them right back into Portland’s historic industrial river-shipping and air-travel eras. Global restaurateur HMSHost celebrated the grand opening of the...
Getting a Head Start
This year has been projected as a growth year for the restaurant industry, creating opportunities for entrepreneurs who dream of opening their own restaurant. Forty-seven percent of Americans’ food dollars are spent dining away from home, and restaurant sales are expected to hit a record high this...
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...
Unusual quick service restaurant units locate in high traffic customer locations like casinos.
Uncommon Ground
A cruise ship on the Rhine River in Germany. The FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. A Toys“R”Us in Manhattan. The Camp Pendleton military base near San Diego. Where moving people are, quick-service restaurants want to be, a reality that continues shaping the rapid and aggressive evolution of the...
Quick service restaurant franchisees prepare FDDs with unit economics in mind.
Prospering Over the Long Term
For years, the two most important words in franchising—for both franchisors and franchisees—have been unit economics. The success or failure of a franchise concept can pivot off of how well unit economics are tracked, managed, and improved. Yet many franchisors and franchisees alike pay inadequate...
QSR has singled out quick service restaurants like Toppers Pizza as emerging concepts.
Where Are They Now?
Each month, QSR singles out the quick-service and fast-casual brands we think will make a splash in the industry. Sometimes we’re right, and sometimes we’re… well, not. So which Ones to Watch brands are still on fire, and which ones have had their growth hopes doused? Here’s a look back at 15 Ones...
Very Cool
For many Americans, there’s nothing like drinking a tall, cold glass of iced tea on a hot summer’s day. Whether plain, sweetened, infused with fruit flavors, or part of a specialty beverage, iced tea is increasingly popular nationwide. Limited-service restaurants have seen solid growth with iced...
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...