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For a number of American consumers, fish is the word during the six-week period between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. Brands specializing in seafood see an uptick in sales while chains ranging from the burger and sandwich to chicken and ethnic categories add a special fish or shrimp item to the...
Top QSR and fast casual chains navigate new supply chain strategy to streamline business.
Back of House
For centuries, the farm-to-table operation wasn’t a culinary or social movement; it was a simple fact of every meal. People grew their own food, and that was that. In time, things changed, and the American food system became one that included several steps—and often thousands of miles—between farm...
Sandwich QSR chain CEO shares inspiration of family restaurant business.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
I’ve always wanted to work with people, serve them, and influence their lives for the better; I never thought that desire would be met in the quick-serve industry. My father and his cousin started Cousins Subs in 1972, and I became a member of the team at 15 years old. I worked as a cashier through...
Top QSR burger chain launches new hot dog menu item.
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Burger King is going to the dogs. Thankfully, they are flame-grilled hot dogs, a classic American staple that the company developed and tested over the last year and a half. "This is probably the most obvious product launch ever," says Alex Macedo, Burger King's president of North America, at a...
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When it comes to limited-time offers and seasonal specialties, cooler months seem to reign supreme. In early autumn, operators peddle pumpkin-flavored everything and by December many are serving up hearty comfort foods like mac ‘n’ cheese and sweet flavors including chocolate-mint and gingerbread....
Chicago fast casual develops tech projects in entrepreneur incubator.
Technology
At first glance, the new Freshii store in downtown Chicago looks like any other location of the health-oriented chain. It sports vibrant digital menuboards, sculpted wood tables, and industrial-chic glass chandeliers hanging from an exposed ceiling. Huge, white letters in a friendly font proclaim...
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Last night as the Carolina Panthers faced off against the Denver Broncos, NFL and Super Bowl 50 official pizza sponsor Papa John’s introduced its new Quality Guarantee. Under this platform, customers who are dissatisfied with their purchase can tell the brand where it fell short and receive another...
New York City based fast casual company innovates as restaurant incubator.
Fast Casual
In the foodservice world, most multiunit franchise companies are content with filling out their portfolio with a suite of franchised brands. Fast-casual industry taking off? Sign on with one of the hot new upstarts. Need a pizza concept to complement your offerings? There are dozens of options...
Nonalcoholic cocktails could offer great beverage innovation for quick serves.
While attending the Research Chefs Association’s annual conference in San Antonio this past March, I wandered into the Esquire Tavern, a historic downtown institution with a cocktail menu capable of tempting even the most ardent teetotaler.Like hundreds of other hip restaurants and watering ho
Top upcoming QSR brands on verge of restaurant success.
Read the ProfilesBrowse the Big ChartSee The ContendersSegmentsBurgerSandwichSnackMexicanPizza/PastaChickenAsianSeafood The evolution of the limited-service restaurant industry continued in 2014, as traditional powerhouses faltered while fast casuals and other rising concepts asserted themselve
In addition to helping conserve cash, bartering often leads to additional exposu
Twenty years ago, Toni Foley began bartering. These days, she won’t run her restaurant—five-year-old Eastside Café in Fairport, New York—without the practice.
Chances are that when you hear the term “big data,” you think of Ph.D. candidates slaving over massive banks of computers—not restaurants.
Top QSR franchisee in North Carolina shares ideas for connecting with community.
Like so many who go on to make a career in foodservice, Jeff Rigsby landed a job at a quick serve when he was in high school.
Atlanta fast casual chef talks fresh and local veggie sourcing in restaurants.
Vegetables are no stranger to the limited-service industry, but have long been confined to the salad bowl and sandwich topping station.