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...
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
Bankruptcy can offer brands a rare opportunity to reboot.
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 heade
QSR brands must adapt new technology tools to improve business potential.
Every day, entrepreneurs dream up new ways to “disrupt” so-called “legacy” businesses like quick-service restaurants.
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.