Chicago QSR chain to franchise traditional Italian beef sandwich concept.
Emerging Concepts
Buona, The Original Italian Beef, is a family business, and that family would like to see it become a household name. With 16 stores in the Chicago area, the Buonavolanto family hopes to educate the rest of the country on exactly what Italian beef is. Joe Buonavolanto Jr., president and CEO of...
QSR pizza chain Sbarro updates with new menu and store design to compete with fast food leaders.
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When David Karam took the reins of Sbarro in 2013, he found himself with a floundering brand. Fresh off a bankruptcy, the then–New York–based brand was still beleaguered by a large amount of debt and was grasping for stronger sales. There seemed to be only one way forward. “The logical path was...
Industry News
In June, the Dairy Queen system launched its biggest menu rollout in brand history with the new DQ Bakes! line of Hot Desserts à la Mode, Artisan-style Sandwiches, and Snack Melts. To match the occasion, the 75-year-old brand is now debuting its most extensive television advertising campaign yet to...
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Fresh off the news that it would begin serving breakfast all day long starting October 6, McDonald’s announced today that it will transition over the next decade to using only cage-free eggs for its U.S. and Canadian restaurants. The company purchases more than two billion eggs every year, and has...
Industry News
Although bee populations in the U.S. have faced unprecedented threats in recent years, honey production is up as more consumers and operators demand it. Compared with sugar, the syrupy sweetener has a health halo and according to the National Honey Board, 84 percent of operators said that customers...
QSR brands investing in social media might reconsider television advertising.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
Q: Given how prevalent and powerful social media seems to be these days, does it still make sense to advertise on TV? A:Broadcast mass-media advertising may seem anachronistic. Nielsen reports that 18–24-year-olds, the coveted target of many fast-food advertisers, are watching less television today...
Chief executive of popular QSR chain shares core business values.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
When I was 21 years old, I bought a pizza shop in New Castle, Ontario, and immediately became obsessed and passionate about the food industry. I remember seeing the writing on the wall as the big names in pizza made their introduction into the Canadian market. I knew that my prosperous little shop...
Fast casual healthy eating brand grows with fresh and nutritious food.
Eleven years ago, Matthew Corrin could be found ducking into GNC stores to order smoothies on a regular basis. Even in a city as metropolitan as New York City, it was the only place he could find a healthy snack. A lot has changed in the past decade. In 2005, the then-23-year-old Corrin founded the...
Top QSR burger brand Shake Shack had successful IPO stock offering.
When Shake Shack went public in January, its shares were priced at $21. The next morning, the stock began trading at $47 per share, and in May, the price peaked at nearly $97.
Young QSR diners look for more premium and bold flavors like high quality seafood dishes.
Regular readers of this column know that for some years now, I’ve been dispensing suggestions on how quick-serve chains can do more to court millions of Millennials, aka members of Generation Y, whose adventurous palates, curious minds, and unconventional tastes have often made them elusive qu
Quick service brands make impact on restaurant industry with big news events.
It’s fair to say that 2014 has been as eventful a year for quick-service restaurants as the industry has seen in quite a while. Changing demographics and sharper competition have sparked a variety of innovations, but also exposed some weaknesses.
QSR brands roll out new healthy menu items like nutritious salads.
It’s a rite of passage: In August, well before the actual fall season begins, limited-service brands—especially those among the coffee, doughnut, and bakery-café categories—trip over each other to be the first to market with all fashions of fall-themed goods, from apple-pie this to
Top QSR chains leverage big data numbers for restaurant business success.
In April, Josh Patchus began his new job at Cava Grill, the upstart Washington, D.C.–based fast casual.In a world of cooks and cashiers, marketers and managers, Patchus acknowledges that his title—chief data scientist—is an odd one, seemingly out of place at the emerging 14-unit Me
QSR chains explore new real estate site selection strategies to maximize business exposure.
In recent years, many limited-service brands have re-evaluated their ideas regarding new restaurant locations.