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Lean and Mean In the past six months, Ed Frechette has noticed a trend. “People on Wall Street are coming to Au Bon Pain for meetings and interviews,” says Frechette, senior vice president of marketing for the Boston-based chain, which has locations in New York City. Financial executives are not...
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It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 10 years since Subway introduced the nation to a guy named Jared Fogle. In the first commercial, which originally ran only in the Midwest, that regular guy told a story that has now become a part of American pop culture: He’d been overweight as a kid—a...
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Between 2006 and 2007 the checks written to CEOs in every industry super-sized. The median compensation for leaders of S&P 500 companies rose 23.57 percent, according to a study by The Corporate Library, a corporate data research firm. But now, as the cost of everything from beef to buns...
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Gary Worthington grew up inhaling freshly baked bread in the kitchen of his childhood home in Grantsville, Utah, a small farming community 40 miles west of Salt Lake City. Decades later, Worthington still enjoys the comforting aroma, though now it comes from his own business. Worthington and his...
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Twenty years ago brands were concerned with total quality management. Then along came customer satisfaction management. Recently, some organizations have begun talking about managing the customers’ experience. This is an advanced view that suggests that what really dictates whether the customer...
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It is nearly 11 p.m. and Samantha Kelly is far from calling it a day. A freshman at Temple University in Philadelphia, Kelly closes her books, grabs her bag, and meets up with friends at the student center, where a Burger King is open until midnight. “We plan it all the time,” Kelly says. “We stay...

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As chief marketing officer Jason Abelkop puts it, Krystal’s challenge isn’t to be old, it’s to be authentic. The brand has that first part covered. On October 11, the 360-plus-unit chain will celebrate its 85th anniversary like it always does—with 50-cent Krystal burgers.
In the foodservice industry, it’s hard to talk about competition without thinking about the chain—not the supply chain, but rather the food chain.
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
“Inspiration began with the development of our seasonal offerings. We researched what produce thrives in the summer sun and how we can best present it. Summer encompasses eating fresh, vibrant food that tends to be on the lighter side and really lends itself to grilling.
Joann Chung often helped her parents with their sushi restaurants. In 2015, Chung and her husband, Derek, opened Pokeatery in San Mateo, California.
In 2012, after some 22 years as Pizza Factory franchisees, Mary Jane Riva and her husband, Bob, added a new title to their business cards: franchisor.
The term “point-of-sale” can be a bit of a misnomer.
For many chefs at quick-service and fast-casual restaurants, working with poultry is similar to an artist facing a blank canvas: The fairly neutral object can be used to create something unique and appealing.Even though deep-frying is incredibly popular in the limited-service space, there are other
Breaking findings from Sense360 show that early morning hours are important across sub-categories of quick-serve restaurants for the most loyal customers.Nutritionists have long hailed breakfast as the most important meal of the day and USA today recently highlighted the growing importance of breakf
For years, Pita Pit worked to educate customers about the nutritional value of its various pita fillings and toppings.
The most recent numbers on baseline performance of fast casuals suggest some deep-seated problems in the industry.