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Mac ’n’ cheese and grilled cheese get gourmet makeovers in the fast-casual industry.

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How an age-old preservation technique is finding its place in contemporary American cuisine.
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Mac ’n’ cheese and grilled cheese are the quintessential American comfort-food favorites. And recently, both have gone gourmet in the fast-casual industry as diners look for nostalgia and taste excitement all in the same bite. Menu mentions for mac ’n’ cheese have risen 33 percent over the past...
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
I spent most of my childhood in the Adirondacks at my aunt and uncle’s hotel, where I did a myriad of duties, such as busing tables, carrying luggage, and renting boats. I got the bug—just like many others in my family—to further my exposure within the industry, and sought out an education in...
QSR chains use new cheese varieties to attract customers with bold flavors.
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While cheese may not always be the most top-of-mind ingredient when consumers look for burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizza, or other menu items at restaurants, it’s certainly a key component in giving food the flavor people love. Some 90 percent of limited-service restaurants mention cheese on their...
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The quick-service industry is all about attracting the right population group at the right time, as the top brands have successfully marketed to the masses in hunt of a quick, decent bite at a reasonable price. However, there are lucrative population groups that have been primarily afterthoughts of...
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QSR and fast casual menu experts develop new dairy based food and beverage items for restaurants.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
It was probably inevitable. From Brooklyn to the Bay Area in the past 10 years, we’ve seen hipsters in handlebar mustaches and thick-framed eyeglasses capitalize on consumers’ boundless interest in all kinds of niche foods and beverages—many marketed by the modern-day equivalent of what used to be...
QSR and fast casual franchise operators look for leaders who support their business.
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Happy franchisees are vital to the success of any company, regardless of whether it’s a restaurant or a fashion retailer. Nevertheless industry insiders might be surprised to learn that overall, satisfaction among foodservice franchisees lags 5 to 10 percent behind other industries, according to...
Ohio based sushi joint Fusian promotes healthy seafood dining with creative rolls.
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Stephan Harman and brothers Zach and Josh Weprin grew up together on the same street in Dayton, Ohio. Decades later, the three have remained close, both as friends and as cofounders of “an inspired sushi experience.” “We inspire our guests to create their perfect sushi roll using an ingredient-...
Twitter and Facebook posts can help QSR brands listen to frequent customers.
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You almost certainly wouldn’t expect that the go-to meeting spot for online dating is Panera Bread. That’s because Panera doesn’t expend any energy branding itself as a rendezvous point for existing couples. And of course, most people dream of meeting their soulmate across a Venetian gondola, not a...


Fast casual restaurant chain leader Chipotle lost customers from ecoli outbreak.
Since opening its first restaurant in Denver in 1993, Chipotle Mexican Grill has redefined the world of limited-service dining.
QSR chains roll out mobile smart phone ordering apps for customer experience.
Restaurants love to incessantly nudge their customers to be loyal by rewarding them each time they come back. After all, the best customer is the one you already have.But today’s loyalty programs are moving beyond the tried-and-true punch card to the more in-demand smartphone app.
Not long after opening in 2013, the owners of Detroit-based fast casual Moo Cluck Moo decided to pay all workers $15 per hour.
Coffee leader Starbucks enhances drive thru operation to improve customer experience.
Starbucks sales continue to outpace the quick-service industry; in its fiscal third quarter, the coffee giant saw global comparable sales increase by 4 percent, even as overall restaurant sales growth softened.