For the first time ever last year, food waste reduction made it onto the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) “What’s Hot” list, landing at No. 9. The topic’s rise in popularity could be due to the fact that food prices have been increasing, going up more than 5 percent in 2014 alone, according...
Delivery has suddenly become trendy.
Once the specialty of pizza parlors and sandwich shops, the idea of transporting food to consumers’ front doors and workplaces is being embraced or tested by a range of quick-service and fast-casual restaurants. In the past year, chains as diverse as Panera...
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Last week when Matthew Corrin wrote an open letter to newly minted McDonalds CEO Steve Easterbrook, he wasn’t looking for a media blitz.
Rather Corrin, who is the founder and CEO of Toronto–based Freshii, says he genuinely wanted—and still wants—the fast-food giant to consider his proposal. In the...
Are you shopping for new restaurant performance management solutions? Whatever your reasons or your needs are, before you start shopping, you will want to give some thought to who owns your historical data. It may not be you—and that can significantly impact your business.
These days, good...
A craving for Maine lobster rolls used to mean choosing between a high-end fine-dining restaurant and a roadside shack. But thanks to Luke Holden, a fast-casual option is now available in several East Coast markets.
Holden has opened outlets of his lobster roll concept, Luke’s Lobster, in New York...
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
Q: What’s the difference between advertising and branding?
A: I fielded this question during a recent podcast interview for small-business owners. It was surprising to me because advertising is very different from branding, and I’ve always thought everyone understood that. But I realize that people...
Sushi might be a popular fast-casual or carryout option, but it’s hardly conducive with on-the-go grubbing. Between chopsticks, soy sauce, and easily jostled fillings, the dish has always had certain limitations with portability. Enter the sushi burrito.
Two fast-casual concepts—Sushirrito in the...
Some might say New York City, with its renowned restaurateurs and trend-setting eateries, is the culinary epicenter of the U.S., if not the world. And they might be right.
But they’d only partly be right.
While the Big Apple has indeed been a mecca for global food trends and talented chefs for...