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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...
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Panda Express, the world leader in Asian dining experiences, introduces its latest premium entrée, Tangy Jumbo Shrimp, on January 30, just in time to celebrate Chinese New Year and ring in the Year of the Snake. Tangy Jumbo Shrimp combines crispy, extra-large shrimp, fresh sugar peas, and sweet red...
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Gas Foodservice Equipment Network (GFEN) selects Vulcan’s PowerFry VK Series Fryer to receive the 2013 Blue Flame Award for Product of the Year, highlighting the company’s commitment to producing leading technology that supports the Gas Foodservice Industry.  Recognizing innovative natural-gas...
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Fresh To Order, the pioneer of “fast fine,” a newly identified segment in foodservice, continues its growth surge with the opening of its seventh unit at the Emory Point Mixed-Use Development, located across from the Centers for Disease Control and nearby Emory University in Atlanta. The new 2,800-...
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Krispy Kreme Sprinkled Heart, Valentine Sprinkles, and Chocolate Iced Heart doughnuts are available now through February 14 at participating Krispy Kreme United States and Canadian locations. Purchase a dozen Valentine Doughnuts and get a dozen Valentine Cards each good for a Free doughnut of your...
Latin flavors are growing in popularity on menus at American quick serve brands.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
If demography is indeed destiny (as so many pundits and prognosticators are fond of noting), then fast-food and fast-casual brands are bound to take on an even more pronounced Latin flavor in coming years. Consider: The Latino population in the U.S. grew 43 percent between 2000 and 2010, and...
Good Times used same store sales growth and a new breakfast menu to build stocks
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Good Times Restaurants had a good time on the stock market last year. The 39-unit, Golden, Colorado–based burger chain used growing same-store sales and a new breakfast menu to help double its stock price during 2012, making the company the best equity performer among restaurant chains for the full...
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...
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 Leaders & Entrepreneurs...
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...
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...
Panera Gets High Tech
Panera Bread took a step into the future with the rollout of $42 million worth of ordering technology, dubbed “Panera 2.0.” The chain expects to better its customer experience inside and out with iPad ordering kiosks, mobile and online ordering interfaces, and a feature that lets guests order at...
Quick service beverage providers shake up tea product with new twists.
Reading the Tea Leaves
It’s summer. It’s hot. And chances are good that if you’re nestled comfortably in a backyard hammock—or perched on a porch swing, sprawled out on the beach, casting a line at the ol’ fishing hole, or engaged in any number of other stereotypical warm-weather activities straight out of a Norman...
Quick service brands leverage franchise system for strategic growth.
The Franchise Formula
For upstart quick-service restaurants considering the move to franchising, the path can precipitate a major shift in business model and operations. Beyond the economic investment in franchising, experts say, operators must ensure their brand will consistently deliver quality across all locations. “...