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...
QSR chains can grow sales with these fresh vegetable menu development tips.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
With health-conscious Millennials beginning to take over as major drivers of the early 21st century economy, and with older Americans looking to extend the length and quality of their lives by adopting better diets, it was probably inevitable that vegetables would get their day in the sun. Along...
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.
QSR brands partner with equity firms to finance restaurant unit growth.
Equity relationships are intended to be mutually beneficial, with the brands and their private equity (PE) partners both contributing—and both reaping the rewards. But brands may not know what to expect from the partnership as it matures.
QSR chains market to Millennial customers by selling restaurant story.
There’s a lot of buzz in almost every circle about the Millennial generation—those born between 1978 and 1995—and for good reason. They are spending money in a big way and, if you market to them right, they’ll spend it eating out.The numbers don’t lie.
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.