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Rick Wetzel wasn’t really thinking about delivery when he and his wife Elise founded Blaze Pizza in 2012. Part of what differentiated the build-your-own pizza concept from competitors like Domino’s and Papa John’s was the fast casual’s emphasis on dining in the restaurant. Wetzel says he kept the...
QSR leader McDonalds updates brand image and market strategy to stop sliding sales.
Special Report
There’s one McDonald’s restructuring story that still hasn’t been told. I know it hasn’t been told, because it happens to be mine. While it might not seem that a rather silly, personal anecdote that’s more than half-a-century old can help in the complex restructuring of a company that did $35...
QSR companies use online story telling to share experience with guests.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
Q: What are the best kinds of posts to share on Twitter, Facebook, etc.? A: There are a lot of ways to generate “likes” and “shares” on social media, but to use it to build a sustaining brand, you should align your social content with your brand strategy. Videos of cute cats and aphorisms like “...
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Once avoided for its fatty (but oh-so-delicious) flavor, bacon is experiencing a renaissance, and Which Wich has joined the movement. Starting Monday, June 8, the Dallas-based sandwich concept will switch from its standard bacon crumbles to Hormel’s Applewood-smoked variety. To promote the switch,...
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Less than a week before becoming the co-founder of Pincho Factory, Nedal Ahmad placed a frantic call to his cousin after discovering the mere $6.27 left in his bank account. Despite a load of logistical setbacks, including a complete lack of trained staff, Ahmad insisted that the restaurant open...
Upstart QSR brand dishes vegetarian falafel menu with Europe flare.
Emerging Concepts
Arianne Bennett says her husband, Scott, first tasted a falafel in 1968. He rediscovered the fried chickpea-based product decades later on a trip to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and when the couple returned home, they decided to develop their own falafel shop with a do-it-yourself toppings bar like...
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In recent years, fast casual has cast a shadow over traditional fast food. Touting higher quality, fresher foods, these concepts are becoming major players within the greater foodservice industry. Established fast food brands need not convert to fast casual, but they could stand to learn a few...
QSR brands could expand into Cuba after diplomatic relations improve.
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When the Obama administration announced on December 17 that the U.S. and Cuba were taking steps to normalize relations, those anxious to tap into the business potential of the largest island in the Caribbean began to stir. With a population of 11 million and a land area two-thirds the size of...
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.
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.
QSR brands investing in social media might reconsider television advertising.
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.
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 change price strategy to account for higher costs in restaurant industry.
Quickly rising labor costs are a major concern for quick-service operators these days as initiatives to accelerate minimum wage increases dominate the news.
QSR brands spend money on new food item investment programs.
Restaurant brands that are around for any length of time are likely to undergo a rebrand at some point, whether it’s a subtle store redesign or a wholesale menu shift.