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Barberitos rolls out its warm-weather menu item: mango salsa. The sweet salsa made its debut last year and was a hit. It is commonly paired with the jerk tilapia available on Fridays, as well as Barberitos chicken. Mango salsa will be available throughout the summer at all Barberitos locations....
Mad Greens CEO Marley Hodgson is committed to sourcing local ingredients.
Menu Innovations
Given the option to serve products that are considered fresh, high quality, and superior in taste—products that consumers crave and feel a connection to—operators generally don’t have to think twice. That’s why many limited-service brands are jumping on board with the local-foods trend, opting to...
Muscle Maker Grill franchise is using healthy food in a fast casual setting to g
Emerging Concepts
Rod Silva, founder of Muscle Maker Grill, says making America healthier requires diners increasing the number of healthy choices they make each day. And Muscle Maker Grill is helping them do just that. In fact, it’s difficult to make an unhealthy choice at a Muscle Maker Grill restaurant. There are...
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Honey Dew Donuts is no longer just a morning go-to for coffee and breakfast sandwiches. Now it’s also a lunch spot. The New England–based company is excited to announce its very first official lunch sandwich, Willow Tree Chicken Salad on a multi-grain croissant. Made to order, this hearty sandwich...
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Rita’s Italian Ice, the nation’s largest Italian Ice concept with over 625 outlets in 20 states, announces their newest Cool Treat, Sundaes with Unlimited Toppings. Also making its debut is the Cookie Dough Cream Ice, a flavor with chocolate chips and cookie dough pieces. Cookie Dough Cream Ice is...
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Panda Express introduces its newest premium entrée, Samurai Surf & Turf. Samurai Surf & Turf features premium marinated shrimp combined with Angus Top Sirloin, wok-seared, with sweet red bell peppers, string beans, and diced potatoes in a new zesty Samurai sauce.  Just in time for spring,...
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Six months of free rent, thousands of dollars in food inventory, television and other marketing materials, and $40,000 each in operating capital and kitchen equipment—all at no cost. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, for one concept, it’s going to become a reality. Iowa’s Best Bite Restaurant...
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Sweet and salty is one of the trending flavor profiles that the Dairy Queen system has turned into a new Blizzard Treat flavor. DQ Grill & Chill and Dairy Queen locations nationwide debut the Choco Covered Pretzel as the featured Blizzard of the Month. A blend of choco covered pretzel pieces...
More Wall Street investors look to buy stock in fast casual and quick service concepts.
The Push for Public
When fast-casual chain Zoës Kitchen Inc. debuted on the New York Stock Exchange last April, the Plano, Texas–based Mediterranean-style eatery recorded its initial public offering at $87.5 million. Satisfying an investor appetite for investments within the trendy fast-casual space, Zoës’ strong...
Quick service restaurant executives run charity effort to raise funds for cancer research.
A Personal Connection
When Lori Newcomb found out she had stage III ovarian cancer last year, she made it her mission to learn more about the disease and help other women fighting the same battle. She sat down with her husband, Chris Newcomb, cofounder and CEO of Southern quick-service chain Newk’s Eatery, and together...
10 Challenges for Fast-Casual Leaders
While the fast-casual category continues to be the fastest-growing industry sector, the road in 2015 will be bumpy. We will see constant change and challenges around every corner. For industry leaders, there are issues that will keep even the most seasoned executive awake at night.  Here is my top...
Quick service brands create executive succession strategies to ease transition.
Navigating Corporate Succession
The chief executive officer is often the face of a brand. And when the time comes for a new leader to assume the role, experts say, an efficient succession plan can help establish a smooth transition and reassure employees that all is well with the brand. In its first-ever succession, Elevation...
The One-Stop Shop
Convenience stores are increasingly taking a larger slice out of the quick-serve pie with fresh food offerings. It’s become such a lucrative business for C-stores that Sheetz, the Pennsylvania-based C-store chain that this week opened its 500th location, is planning stores designed more as fast...
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...