How quick serves are delivering more dynamic and memorable dining experiences.
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This year’s annual show was heavy on customization and craft products.
More brands turn to this powerful sales driver as the potential for profits remains strong.
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If there was ever any doubt about the power that the millennial generation has over dining trends, the 2017 National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show put those to rest. In food and beverages, kitchen innovations, and technology, the preferences of millennials—and even Generation Z, or those born...
Guest Experience
The first Buona restaurant opened on the edge of Chicago in 1981 as a no frills, laminate- and tile-filled space peddling the Windy City’s glorious favorites, including dragged-through-the-garden hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. “It was your typical fast-food independent mentality,” says Joe...
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Fast food marketers have increasingly looked to digital to boost consumer engagement and loyalty throughout the year. But in digital, consumers have become a squirrely bunch, making it tough for fast food marketers to pin down the right balance between entertaining branded experiences across...
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Menu Innovations
Some ideas about breakfast are rooted in tradition. One is that it’s the most important meal of the day. Your mother may have said it, but researchers aren’t so sure. Another idea about breakfast, that it’s a matter of routine, has more validation. Whether it’s a bagel with cream cheese, corn...
Ordering
For those limited-service brands that don’t yet have mobile ordering, consider three words of advice from Nike: Just do it. Within the next three years, every quick serve with any kind of regional or national footprint will have mobile ordering system-wide, says Russell Zack, senior vice president...
Industry News
Paul Miller witnessed the ebbing demand for fine dining firsthand. The owner of Houston, Texas­-based GR8 Plate Hospitality had found success in his casual-dining concept, Union Kitchen, when he added an elevated farm-to-table restaurant to the portfolio. Paul’s Kitchen, which opened in fall 2014,...
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Springtime in New York just got a whole lot more interesting. Forget the federal government, the Big Apple announced Thursday that it plans to enforce the same calorie-labeling laws recently delayed (again) by the Food and Drug Administration. Starting May 22, the Departments of Health and Consumer...
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Competition
Nostalgia is a powerful tool when it comes to food. Those who haven’t forgotten a certain Big Mac jingle can attest: “Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame-seed bun.” But the nostalgia for McDonald’s appears to be waning. For a restaurant brand that’s...

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Desserts have been part of the limited-service restaurant landscape for decades.
Read the ProfilesBrowse the Big ChartSee The ContendersSegmentsBurgerSnackSandwichEthnicChickenPizzaSeafoodFast casual has stormed the QSR 50 in the last few years, with Panera Bread entering the top 10 and Chipotle close at its heels.
Nostalgia is a powerful tool when it comes to food. Those who haven’t forgotten a certain Big Mac jingle can attest: “Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame-seed bun.”But the nostalgia for McDonald’s appears to be waning.
Food halls are taking the nation’s cities by storm, providing locals with a central location for dozens of innovative concepts.
For those limited-service brands that don’t yet have mobile ordering, consider three words of advice from Nike: Just do it.Within the next three years, every quick serve with any kind of regional or national footprint will have mobile ordering system-wide, says Russell Zack, senior vice president of
Some ideas about breakfast are rooted in tradition.One is that it’s the most important meal of the day. Your mother may have said it, but researchers aren’t so sure. Another idea about breakfast, that it’s a matter of routine, has more validation.
Before the advent of chain restaurants, transparency was not a question so much as an implicit assumption; local establishments sourced locally and were honest in how they promoted their products.
For years, Pita Pit worked to educate customers about the nutritional value of its various pita fillings and toppings.