Taco Bell is launching Nacho Fries.
Industry News
Taco Bell promised it would play a leading role in fast-food’s accelerating value wars. The chain just took its first swing of 2018. The company announced it will begin selling Nacho Fries for a limited time starting January 25. The price: $1. Taco Bell said in early December it would unveil 20 new...
Industry News
Remember the Arch Deluxe? McDonald’s spent an estimated $150–$200 million promoting the burger in 1996—the largest campaign ever in fast-food history at the time, according to The New York Times. When it debuted that May, McDonald’s officials predicted it would generate $1 billion in sales in its...
Mobile payments are key to running a successful business.
Outside Insights
Every business should have an online presence. Even brick-and-mortar stores benefit from this. It lets customers find you easily and quite literally puts you on the map. By using the latest trends and engaging with customers through technology you will find new consumers and fresh ways to interact...
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Minimum wage is on the rise.
Industry News
The future of the federal minimum wage rate is anybody’s guess right now. It remains $7.25 per hour, with no real clear path forward, although many pundits expect it to eventually rise. For now, though, 2018 brought minimum wage hikes in more than three dozen states and cities. That includes 18...
MOD Pizza now has more than 200 locations across the U.S. dishing personal-sized pizzas.
Special Report
Quick service, fast casual, full service. Fresh-baked, take-and-bake, buffets, frozen. Delivery, dine-in, carryout. Grocery stores, corner stores, convenience stores. Established national players, celebrated regional stalwarts, Chef-driven locals, heralded independents. Attacked from all angles up...
Luke’s Lobster, &pizza, Flyrite
Health & Wellness
Diners’ love affair with traditional soda brands has evolved from a match made in heaven to awkward estrangement. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that regular soda is the leading source of added sugars for adults ages 18–54, it’s easy to see why standard soda...
Garden Fresh
Menu Innovations
Soup is entering its busy season. For many operators, late autumn and winter are peak months for soups and stews, which have long been consumer favorites to fight off the cooler, cold, and even frigid temperatures that envelop much of the country during this part of the year. But these dishes have...
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
Here’s a sign that a menu category is ready for refreshing, if not outright reinvention: In 2007, soup was available on 77 percent of U.S. restaurant menus, according to market research firm Datassential. Ten years on, the figure has fallen to just under 71 percent. Soup is particularly...

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The term “point-of-sale” can be a bit of a misnomer.
Enterprise systems are more advanced than ever. Not only do they provide vital business information, but they can also make maintaining a consistent menu database across the brand easier than it’s ever been.
Even with the increased frequency of other forms of payment, quick-serve restaurant operations are still largely cash-run enterprises, with cash accounting for more than 30 percent of all transactions. But as cash flow grows, so does the risk.
Until fairly recently, when people wanted cakes, cookies, croissants, cobblers, pastries, pies, popovers, muffins, or mille-feuilles, they had absolutely no expectation that the item in question would be anything other than a decadent, high-calorie treat.
Food safety is key to any restaurant.
The food service industry was shaken when restaurant chain Chipotle had multiple, widespread food safety outbreaks, spanning various states.
Luke’s Lobster, &pizza, Flyrite
Diners’ love affair with traditional soda brands has evolved from a match made in heaven to awkward estrangement.