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Einstein Bros. Bagels and Noah’s New York Bagels announced the addition of even more great-tasting, nutritious alternatives for guests with the introduction of a new line of three Super Grains bagels, now available in all restaurants nationwide. Whether you are looking for a nutritious way to start...
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For restaurants that want more holistic control over their four-walls marketing initiatives, Backstage is an effortless and fully customizable online marketing management tool designed to streamline production, maintain brand integrity, and track, measure, and analyze local marketing efforts. The...
EMV credit card standards will affect quick-service operators starting in 2015.
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Though 2013 has just begun, restaurant operators should keep at least one eye on 2015, when new credit card standards will begin to reshape how most customers pay for goods and services. By October 2015, all restaurants and other merchants will be subjected to new Europay, Mastercard, and Visa (EMV...
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16 Handles is ringing in the New Year with a delicious new frozen yogurt flavor: Crème Brûlée.   Crème Brûlée frozen yogurt brings a cool, low-fat twist to a hot dessert favorite. The flavor offers hints of vanilla, custard, and caramelized sugar—the only thing missing is half the fat. As with all...
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“Know where your food comes from.” It’s one of the mantras for organic salad bar chain sweetgreen, which emphasizes naturally delicious local foods on the menus of its 15 (and counting) restaurants in the D.C. metro area. To kick off 2013, sweetgreen is focusing on a winter favorite, kale, and the...
Denver is the best large market for quick service growth potential.
Growth
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Aside from all being west of the Mississippi River, Denver; Waco, Texas; and Yuma, Arizona, have seemingly little in common. One is a thriving cosmopolitan metro nestled on the rim of the Rocky Mountains; one sits in the shadow of much larger and more heralded Lone Star markets; and the other...
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Jamba Juice Company, a leading healthy, active lifestyle brand, announced the launch of its first kids-focused offerings, the Jamba Kids Meals. The new kids’ meals were designed in partnership with the Jamba Healthy Living Council, and were informed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's MyPlate...
Regional Latin dishes like posole are gaining popularity with U.S. consumers.
Menu Innovations
Americans’ love affair with ethnic food doesn’t seem to be ebbing. The number of various cultures’ restaurants continues to grow as diners seek new flavors and ingredients from around the world. According to data from global market research firm Mintel, four in every five Americans who ate out in...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...