Industry News
Every Friday during football season, Charlotte, North Carolina–based Bojangles’ feeds another neighboring enterprise, the Carolina Panthers. When the Southeast team headed westward to take on the Denver Broncos for Sunday’s Super Bowl game, Bojangles’ was determined to keep its Friday tradition and...
Consumer Trends
When it comes to creating loyalty among Millennial consumers, the right approach is something of a mystery for many operators. After all, the 18–34-year-old population in America is hugely diverse with a variety of views, lifestyles, and consumer tastes. Nevertheless, experts say brands can embrace...
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Diners visiting many Chipotle Mexican Grill locations in recent months probably noticed that ordering lines—which used to snake out the door—were now shorter and that normally crowded parking lots had empty spots. It didn't take a business savant to realize that the fast-casual leader’s sales would...
Industry News
While Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s continue to push the envelope stateside with new menu items like the Steakhouse Thickburger and newly nabbed celebrity Chef Michael Voltaggio to promote it, their parent company’s international division is even busier. Last year was the fifth year in a row that CKE...
Top QSR chains move into growing US cities to capitalize on restaurant potential.
Special Report
In his quest to build Yalla Mediterranean into a recognizable national name, Dave Wolfgram acknowledges he stands at the earliest of early stages. Within months of Chicago-based Victory Park Capital’s acquisition of the 50-unit Daphne’s California Greek chain in mid-2014, Wolfgram, the concept’s...
Fast food health movement chooses between quality and nutritious ingredients.
Nutrition
As a growing slice of consumers look for fast, affordable, and quality meals, the quick-service industry is uniquely positioned to fill such a need. At the same time, widespread calls to make fast food healthier have put some chains at a crossroads where they grapple to improve quality without...
Industry News
The story behind KFC’s new Nashville Hot Chicken begins even further back than Colonel Sanders’ time. And as with many great fables, it’s a story of love and revenge. According to legend, a woman living in Nashville, Tennessee, thought her husband was cheating on her, so she cooked his chicken...
Top QSR chains add more vegetable menu options to appeal to health conscious Millennials.
Menu Innovations
For many of us, the sound of our moms’ admonition to eat our vegetables still echoes through our memories. But no chiding is necessary for an increasing number of Americans. The inherent health benefits of veggies have been buttressed by innovative and creative chef-inspired recipes that make even...
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.
QSR brands remove antibiotic chemicals from menu items to make healthy.
More limited-service operators are phasing out food products from animals treated with nontherapeutic antibiotics and hormones as consumers air concerns over the human and animal welfare impact of such practices.
Fast food brands discover restaurant design can affect customer behavior.
A study sponsored by CKE brand Hardee’s revealed a correlation between a restaurant’s interior design and its customers’ healthy dining habits.While the study, “Music & Light,” was conducted at Cornell University’s Food and Brand lab in Ithaca, New York, in 20
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.