To Russia, With Love

A new report by The NPD Group, which provides global foodservice market research, shows a 7 percent increase in foodservice visits in Russia over the last quarter of 2013, making it No. 1 in traffic growth among nations NPD tracks.

That’s a relief to American quick-service operators, who are headed to the country in large numbers despite a political environment that has grown tense in the last several months.

Cinnabon Pours Iced Coffee to Support No Kid Hungry

Just in time to beat the summer heat, participating Cinnabon bakeries are giving away Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Iced Coffee.

On Saturday, June 7, Cinnabon will give away thousands of cups of Cinnamon Roll Iced Coffee and help raise awareness of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry mission to end childhood hunger, effecting one in five children in the U.S. Cinnabon will treat guests to a free 16-ounce cup of Cinnamon Roll Iced Coffee between 1–5 p.m. in combination with a donation to No Kid Hungry to help connect kids in need to 50,000 meals. 

The Best of Both Worlds

Menu innovation remains one of the best ways a brand can stay fresh in consumers’ minds, and quick serves are taking product development to another level by partnering with other food brands to create new menu items.

These partnerships have created some of the most successful product launches in recent memory, including Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos Tacos and Popeyes’ Zatarain’s Butterfly Shrimp, to name a few.

Just Desserts

Baked desserts aren’t always at the forefront of customers’ dining decisions, but that doesn’t mean they need to be an afterthought. Cookies, cakes, pies, and other sweets have made their way onto menus of all types of limited-service restaurants, giving operators additional sales opportunities during lunch, dinner, and, increasingly, snacking periods.

Cinnabon Bakes Up More Business In Louisiana

Cinnabon plans to rapidly beef up its presence in the Bayou State by opening four mall-based franchise bakeries in the coming months in Louisiana.

Cinnabon has two Express bakeries inside Schlotzsky's restaurants in Alexandria and Lafayette, Louisiana, but the new locations would mark the only full bakery franchises in the state.

Cinnabon is seeking franchisees to develop bakeries in the following malls in Louisiana:

Cinnabon Delivers Sweet & Salty With Salted Caramel Treats

This fall, Cinnabon Bakeries are offering two new treats that provide a sweet and salty sensation in each taste. The Salted Caramel Center of the Roll and Salted Caramel Chillatta combine both sweet and savory.   

The two menu additions are available now through November 2 at participating Cinnabon Bakeries.