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Growing QSR brands change names to grab customer attention and have fresh image.

Nothing was wrong with the name Qdoba Mexican Grill. But something wasn’t right with it. It just wasn’t, well, special.

Mexican Grill has become a moniker many brands are using, but it...

Popular QSR chains could turn to flat bread to innovate pizza menu.

We’re in the roaring ‘20s of flavor-blasted, stuffed crust extravagance within the pizza segment, but economic indicators show that it may be time to start rethinking this extreme approach to pizza before...

Leading Southern QSR fast casual brand updates store design with new prototype.

Newk’s Eatery is bringing a new image to its growing brand, one that cofounder and CEO Chris Newcomb says will be an important component of the fast casual’s future expansion plans.

The Newk’s team...

QSR fast casual leader Chipotle to raise awareness of additives this Halloween.

This Halloween, Chipotle Mexican Grill hopes to scare up sales and raise public awareness for unnecessary food additives at the same time.

Chipotle’s 2015 Boorito fundraiser, an annual Halloween...

When Christine Sfeir stepped into a taxi in Washington D.C. seven years ago, the very last thing on her mind was opening a Lebanese restaurant in the United States.

When she stepped out, it was the...

Table service restaurant concept launches Millennial friendly counter model.

Johnny Rockets may have fallen to earth—but it has a new rocket in its pocket.

After sales at the 1950s-style diner chain softened amid a sea of better-burger competition, new management recognized...

In September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an initiative to cut national food waste in half by 2030.

Under this program, the USDA will work with the Environmental Protection...

Legendary QSR restaurant leader Fred Deluca died after battle with leukemia

Fred DeLuca, the legendary founder of Subway and visionary for the franchise business model, died last Monday at the age of 67 after a battle with leukemia.

DeLuca...

QSR Mexican leader Taco Bell opens Millennial friendly new restaurants in urban markets.

This isn’t your father’s Taco Bell. Maybe not even your older brother’s.

No drive thru. No parking lot. Heck, not even a hidden kitchen. And yes, beer and wine are...

QSR pizza chain Sbarro updates with new menu and store design to compete with fast food leaders.

When David Karam took the reins of Sbarro in 2013, he found himself with a floundering brand. Fresh off a bankruptcy, the then–New York–based brand was still beleaguered by a large amount of debt and was...

QSR brands like pizza giant Papa Johns leverage marketing opportunity of football.

Suppose the foodservice industry created its own fantasy league.

And just suppose the key players in that league were the nation’s 10 most popular sports: football, baseball, basketball, hockey,...

QSR brands fight new regulation to increase minimum wage for fast food restaurants.

The foodservice wage debate has been heating up this year as several states and cities implement minimum wage hikes and pressure increases to raise hourly wages to $15. Last month, the movement to increase...

QSR leader McDonalds debuts new made to order burger building kiosk.

McDonald’s has had a tough couple of years, with declining same-store sales and customer perception problems. But the company, led by new CEO Steve Easterbrook, might finally have some good news to hang its...

Big QSR brands invest in research and development labs to create new products.

Some savvy limited-service chains are suddenly taking very literally the long-held notion that fast food is a science.

Both Wendy’s and Dairy Queen have recently opened new research labs aimed at...

QSR beef suppliers debate sustainable production to meet consumer demand.

On its face, the very notion of sustainable beef might seem like an oxymoron. How, after all, can something as environmentally intensive as beef production be used in the same sentence as sustainable?

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Major QSR brands like Taco Bell and Starbucks are investing in job opportunities for disadvantaged.

For all too many young workers hoping for a bright future, the employment system often seems skewed against them. They want their chance at the American dream, but getting there can be a nightmare for the...

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