Taco Bell targets Millennials with off beat advertising.
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As the vanguard of the Internet Age, Generation Y—the Millennial Generation—has been cast as a paradigm-busting demographic that requires businesses and marketing strategists to rethink everything. But a recent study on Millennials finds that the demographic may be more similar to (and influenced...
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A blockbuster trade was made official when football star running back Reggie Bush was traded for a $10 pizza in a new ad from Pizza Hut. The new spot heralds the return of the $10 Any pizza deal from Pizza Hut: any size, any crust, any toppings for just $10. "With taste and value that crush the...
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Al Hodges, a 30-year foodservice executive, has been appointed vice president of operations at Fazoli’s. Hodges joins the company from Dunkin’ Brands, where he was regional vice president, responsible for more than 4,000 restaurants. In his new position, Hodges will oversee all company and...
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Quick serves are usually quick to embrace trends. In the last few years there have been food-truck roll outs, low-calorie menu items, and, of course, cupcakes. Now, at least two chains are tapping into another hot trend: local art. In February, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) launched a new...
Google executives share five tips that will help every restaurant operator.
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Facebook may be the online hub that dominates headlines and most of consumers’ personal time, but there’s no denying that Google remains the king of the Internet and the No. 1 website in the world. So when Google speaks, people should listen—and speak Google did, to QSR about the restaurant...
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Pizza Inn is rolling out a new fast-casual concept, Pie Five Pizza Co., to appeal to an upscale, urban demographic by creating fresh, made-to-order pies in less than five minutes. Company executives are hoping that Pie Five, which debuted in Fort Worth, Texas, in June and joins Pizza Inn Express as...
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Its Happy Meal helped McDonald's perform well in the Zagat survey.
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With the 63rd annual Emmys slated for Sunday, it seems appropriate that the quick-serve industry also celebrate its top awards—from Zagat.   This year’s results of the National Fast Food Restaurant Survey showed that several quick-serve categories are becoming increasingly competitive and that...
Fast food brands are rooted in history, celebrate big anniversaries this year.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
*/ 20 Years Jake’s Wayback Burgers Old-Fashioned Done Right Jake’s may be the youngest brand on our anniversary list this year, but its mindset is decidedly old school. “We wanted to go back in time to where the burgers were just being introduced to the United States—back to the turn of the...

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Diners’ love affair with traditional soda brands has evolved from a match made in heaven to awkward estrangement.
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.
The term “point-of-sale” can be a bit of a misnomer.
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.
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.
The most recent numbers on baseline performance of fast casuals suggest some deep-seated problems in the industry.