QSR brands find equity finance partners to fund future growth.
Quick-service operators looking for external financial support often find an attractive option in private equity firms. But finding the right partner takes effort, research, and a little bit of soul searching. Colleagues and industry contacts are good places to start when considering private equity...
Puerto Rico QSR brand expands business state side to Orlando.
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Perched on one side of this upstart, food-court competitor, there’s a Five Guys. On the other side, there’s an A&W All American Food stand. But the fast-food joint often attracting the longest lines at the bustling Florida Mall in Orlando, Florida, is a chain that most mall-goers had never even...
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Doughnuts are enjoying something of a renaissance moment—even among burger and shake concepts. Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes introduced a limited-time dessert, the Jelly Donut Milkshake, which is blended with Rich’s doughnut holes. To add the jelly flavor, the recipe calls for Monin Wildberry...
QSR brands launch new delivery programs to expand business opportunities.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
Q: Should our restaurant offer delivery service? A: These days, everyone seems to be doing delivery, right? Starbucks, Chipotle, McDonald’s, and Taco Bell are some of the big chains that have recently announced tests or rollouts of delivery service. A lot of independent, technology-enabled...
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It’s quite possible you’re not aware of all that you’ve already missed this summer—from National Quiche Lorraine Day on May 20 to National Dry Martini Day on June 19. But don’t worry; you can make up for it by celebrating both of the culinary items (macaroni and Grand Marnier) highlighted for...
Health and nutrition fast casual innovates menu items for diet seekers.
Emerging Concepts
LYFE Kitchen cofounder and chief brand officer Mike Donahue says the growing concept offers convenient, affordable, great-tasting food that just happens to be healthy. “I don’t lead with the ‘H’ word,” he says. “People interested in healthy eating will find us.” But the “H” word is what sets LYFE...
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A bagel and a smoothie might not seem like a natural pairing, but Bruegger’s Bagels and Jamba Juice are looking to build a relationship that benefits both brands. “We had done some cobranding with Caribou in the past [and] what we learned was that the power of two really good brands can make an...
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Diners will have to wait until the end of 2016 to find calorie labels on all chain restaurant menus. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that restaurants and other establishments will now have until December 1, 2016, to comply with federal menu labeling rules—one year beyond the original...
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Crises like inappropriate employee behavior could hurt a brand in the long run.
Ask any quick-serve operator who’s been through a crisis. He will be able to tell you the exact date, time, and day of the week the fate of his concept came under attack.
AOL founder and investor Steve Case bets on upstart fast casuals like Sweetgreen.
Perhaps best known for cofounding America Online (AOL) and later serving as its CEO, Steve Case has now turned his attention to foodservice.
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
Presidential candidate Donald Trump gives restaurant businesses new marketing lessons.
Q: Is it true there really is no such thing as bad publicity?A:To answer this question, let’s look no further than Donald Trump, the ultimate publicity machine.
QSR donut concept franchise owner uses leadership skills gained on Mt Everest.
Jeff Gottfurcht summited Mount Everest on May 14, 2011, at 6:10 A.M.
QSR brands innovate drive through lane to build business from customer demographics.
To say that convenience is king in today’s always-connected, technology-driven world may be an understatement.