Juice products at quick service restaurants capitalize on the health movement.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
In his landmark 2004 treatise The Paradox of Choice, Swarthmore College professor Barry Schwartz made the case that the vast number of choices available to modern consumers does not offer a heady sense of freedom. Rather, it produces a kind of anxiety, even paralysis, brought on by endless mulling...
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Carl's Jr. and Hardee's announced the addition of the Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich to their menus. The sister brands are the first national fast-food chains to offer a charbroiled fish sandwich, not battered and deep fried, on the menu. At only 420 calories, the new sandwich offers guests...
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Taco Bell is introducing a new steak to all menu items, including the Cantina Bell Steak Burrito, priced at $4.99. As part of Taco Bell's commitment to quality and listening to customers, the new steak is the latest menu item to Cantina Bell, which was launched nationally in 2012.  Taco Bell also...
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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...
Quick service restaurant franchisees help franchisor by building new computer software.
Helping Out the Boss
Every franchisee has the opportunity to bring specialized business savvy to its quick-service units, but it’s rare that a single operator affects the entire system. That’s exactly what Pennsylvania-based Colleen and Bret Wagner did when they introduced their proprietary software system to the...
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...
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...
Fresh Bread
Bread may be the staff of life, but it’s really pretty basic: flour, water, yeast, and salt, or some sort of substitute for the latter two. However, the way these items are combined, as well as other ingredients that are added, can make a huge difference in taste and texture, as quick-service...
Coffee Concepts Can Target Lunch Guests with Demographic Data
First, Taco Bell turned the burrito on its side with the launch of a new breakfast menu, and now, traditional morning daypart chains Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks are looking to extend their bite to the much-larger lunch slice. Although Dunkin’ has been after the coffee-drinking market that makes up...
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...