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It's the industry's biggest report: The QSR 50, your annual run-down of the best-performing U.S. quick-service brands. The top 50 companies ranked by U.S. system-wide sales, along with an additional 15 brands contending for the list, will appear in the August 2016 issue of QSR, giving you a glimpse...
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US fast food restaurant chains develop menu ideas from historic global meals.
Menu Innovations
Just as the U.S. is a nation that has attracted immigrants from around the world, the nation’s cuisine has drawn on influences from all over. Culinary inspiration from Europe and Latin America in particular has influenced limited-service food in the U.S. immensely and continues to drive R&D...
Major QSR chains develop new menu items with Europe and American cuisine in mind.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
In mid-to-late-20th-century America, this country was teeming with so-called “meat ’n’ potatoes” diners. These consumers’ satisfaction with their meals was determined to a large degree by whether said meals were built around a slab of animal protein and a basic starch—often potatoes or white rice....
San Francisco based fast casual taco joint features beef tongue on popular menu.
Menu Innovations
“I grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico, so I grew up with my mom making everything from scratch, tortillas and all of that. For my taste, a taco is a homemade tortilla with carne asada on the grill, or with lengua or fish, all freshly made. “Lengua (beef tongue) is such an amazing meat if it’s well done...
Restaurant breakfast is growing trend
Menu Innovations
You have nearly everything you need to be successful at breakfast: Beautiful facilities, a trained staff, and loyal customers. So why do so many operations struggle with this daypart? Keeping up is often hard to do. And as we reported in January, breakfast is changing. Breakfast is starting to look...
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While the efforts of various restaurants to increase the healthfulness of their offerings continue to garner industry-wide attention, one key consumer group is rarely addressed: kids. Despite the relative lack of media attention, a new study has found that the largest restaurant chains are working...
Houston fast casual restaurant Dish Society offers table service at night.
Ingredients & Dayparts
Aaron Lyons bucked conventional wisdom. Whereas many upstart fast-casual players target customers within one or two core dayparts, Lyons launched Houston-based Dish Society in January 2014 with a determined quest to capture diners during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. “When you’re paying rent and...
Bankruptcy can offer brands a rare opportunity to reboot.
Finance
It would have been easy for the leadership team at Saladworks to hide out in their offices at the company’s headquarters in Philadelphia, wallowing in consternation after their company filed for bankruptcy in 2015 following an ownership dispute. Instead, they grabbed their smartphones and headed...
Scott Gittrich has built Toppers Pizza into a successful franchised business.
As the economy slowly strengthens, founders of successful eateries may be considering franchising as a growth model, but experts say CEOs must approach it with caution and do their due diligence to make sure it’s appropriate for their brand.The first step, experts say, is to explore the viabil
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
Quick service restaurants discount to attract new, price conscious customers.
Q: Other restaurants seem to be moving away from 99-cent-and-under value menus. So what is the right discounting strategy? A: True, McDonald's has replaced its Value Menu with the Dollar Menu & More, and Wendy's 99 Cent Menu has been reconceived as the Right Price Right Size menu.
Restaurant breakfast is growing trend
You have nearly everything you need to be successful at breakfast: Beautiful facilities, a trained staff, and loyal customers.So why do so many operations struggle with this daypart? Keeping up is often hard to do.
As with Chipotle, fresh does not always equate with safe in restaurants.
It’s been a busy few months for Sloan’s Ice Cream.