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...
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The combination of innovative financing plans, strategic partnerships, and food standards that require fundamentals such as fresh, never-frozen cheese and dough made daily at each location, have contributed to robust growth momentum for 325-unit Marco’s Pizza. Among several indicators demonstrating...
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Escape Enterprises announced the opening of the Steak Escape Sandwich Grill in the Arena District of Columbus, Ohio. The Steak Escape Sandwich Grill in the Arena District opened to the public on Thursday, January 24. It is the newest member of the family of franchised restaurants made famous for...
Brands like Qdoba and Starbucks are tapping into customer loyalty with the new A
Technology
Within weeks of Apple’s iOS 6 mobile system launch, Qdoba was offering Chicago customers access to its rewards card through Apple’s new Passbook program. Passbook—a mobile wallet of sorts—holds everything from movie passes and plane tickets to gift cards and reward cards. “For us, it’s really about...
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Palm Beach, Florida–based Sloan’s Ice Cream—a luxury brand combining flavors with over-the-top aesthetics, including bold pink and neon green walls and heaping amounts of candy, toys, and homemade ice cream—announced it has signed a franchise agreement with local businessman and entrepreneur Larry...
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You’ve probably heard the old saying, “bacon makes everything better;" clearly it makes for one tasty burrito. Back in 2009, fast-casual chain California Tortilla introduced burrito-lovers to the Bacon Chicken Club; now, it’s back by popular demand for a limited time only. Beginning this Monday,...
Cousins Subs is launching a new multiunit franchisee program in 2013.
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Whether they’re attending trade shows or paying visits to existing franchisees, quick-service operators still rely on boots-on-the-ground approaches to recruiting new franchisees. But with the economy still struggling to take off, some brand executives say a little creativity is also needed to...
5 Advantages with Cloud Accounting
Quick-serve restaurant owners are some of the busiest people you may ever know. In addition to sales, food quality, staffing, safety, regulations, marketing, staying ahead of the competition, and inventory management, quick-serve restaurant owners have to keep track of financial performance,...
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...
Quick service restaurant Bojangles serves indulgent Southern food like chicken biscuits.
It’s Bo Time
Charlotte, North Carolina–based Bojangles’ may fall into the chicken quick-service category, but as any executive, operator, employee, or loyal fan will tell you, it’s all about the biscuit. And for good reason: The item is included or featured in nearly 80 of the brand’s menu items, a fact that...
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 brands like Auntie Annes redesign store interior to draw new consumers.
Closed for Renovation
Restaurant redesigns and renovations are a big undertaking for quick-serve brands and often involve a certain level of risk. But renovations are also increasingly appealing for operators looking to improve their store design and environment and the financial benefits that might come with it....
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...
Fast Track to Fresh
Capitalizing on consumer demand for healthy options, Jamba Juice accelerated the rollout of its new fresh-squeezed juicing platform, completing the nationwide expansion by June 2, several months ahead of schedule. To ensure optimal freshness, Jamba Juice enhanced its supply chain to minimize food...