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Chipotle Mexican Grill will offer customers a new way to enjoy their food with the launch of its catering service, beginning in Colorado on January 21. Chipotle catering allows groups of 20 to 200 to customize their own individual meal the same way they do at Chipotle restaurants. The company will...
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Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, and one of the fastest growing quick service restaurant brands based on unit growth, announces that it is expanding to Southern California.  Dunkin' Donuts has been strategically expanding in contiguous markets across the...
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With many diners across the country still trying to make good on their New Year’s resolutions to stick to a healthier diet, Wing Zone is trying to cash in on their hard-fought efforts. Its newest chicken product, Skinny Dippers—unbreaded, 100 percent white chicken breast that’s fried and flavored-...
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has angered many with his health regulations.
Health
Editor’s Note: A state Supreme Court judge in Manhattan invalidated the sugary beverage ban after this article was originally published. Mayor Bloomberg has stated that he intends to fight the ruling. CKE, parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., doesn’t have any stores in New York City. In...
Restaurant operators will continue to grow using mobile technologies.
Outside Insights
Last year was marked by continued economic uncertainty, the rapid expansion of the fast-casual segment, a devastating drought, and innovative new menu items and promotions. Here are the five top trends that will affect restaurants in 2013. 1. Competing with Fast Casual: The Quick-Serve Empires Try...
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Taco Time Northwest crowned its Ultimate Fan on January 4 after an intensive five-and-a-half week competition in culmination of its 50th anniversary celebration. Dan Podhola, from Seattle’s Crown Hill neighborhood, proved his loyalty and passion for Taco Time NW and out-earned the competition,...
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MOOYAH—a 40-plus-unit, fast-casual, “better burger,” fries, and shakes chain—kicks off National Turkey Burger Month by announcing the “Turkeytarian Moo’vement,” a delicious way to introduce the brand’s all-natural Jennie-O turkey burger, which has 200 calories and 10 grams of fat. To celebrate,...
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After 47 years with McDonald’s, JM Owens decided it was finally time to take on a formal leadership role. Owens—who joined the brand as an hourly team member in 1966, opened his first unit in 1984, and now owns eight locations across the Atlanta area—recently assumed the position of president of...
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...
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...
Biggest quick service restaurant brands build unit counts and system wide sales.
The QSR 50
Read the Profiles Browse the Big Chart See The Contenders Segments Burger Sandwich Snack Mexican Pizza/Pasta Chicken Asian Seafood 1. McDonald’s There’s an age-old saying woven into kids’ vernacular, a commandment of sorts underlying playground activities the world over: “First is the...
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...
Biggest quick service restaurant brands build unit counts and system wide sales.
The QSR 50
Read the Profiles Browse the Big Chart See The Contenders Segments Burger Sandwich Snack Mexican Pizza/Pasta Chicken Asian Seafood 1. McDonald’s There’s an age-old saying woven into kids’ vernacular, a commandment of sorts underlying playground activities the world over: “First is 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...
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...