QSR brands change price strategy to account for higher costs in restaurant industry.
Outside Insights
Quickly rising labor costs are a major concern for quick-service operators these days as initiatives to accelerate minimum wage increases dominate the news. Since 2014, many states and municipalities have announced hikes, and New York City has even targeted the fast-food industry for mandatory...
Chicago area Subway franchise partners support kids educational program.
Charitable Giving
The world’s largest sandwich brand might emphasize fresh, healthy meals, but Subway is also touting the ABCs of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Through its partnership with the Chicago-based television series “Moochie Kalala Detectives Club,” Subway franchisees are helping...
Industry News
When McDonald’s declined to accept Burger King’s offer to team up to produce a special hamburger to celebrate Peace Day—the McWhopper, as Burger King proposed it—others rushed in. And on Monday, five brands will honor the day for peace with a collaboration burger at a pop-up restaurant in Atlanta....
Industry News
Krispy Kreme has celebrated “Talk Like a Pirate” Day (September 19) since 2012. The North Carolina–based chain is once again bringing back its special promotion in which customers receive free doughnuts for donning pirate regalia; guests who speak like a pirate get one free doughnut and those who...
Industry News
Tim Hortons might be best known for its coffee and breakfast fare, but it is challenging that perception with a new lineup of lunch sandwiches. For years the Canadian brand has been tinkering away at its breakfast program with inventive LTOs (Nutella-infused pastries, Apple Fritter Timbits) and a...
Business ideas from fast casual and QSR brands standing out from crowd.
Competition
Today’s limited-service restaurant industry is more competitive than ever. Every year brings forth a new crop of upstart fast casuals looking to steal market share from the hundreds of companies that came before them, while consumers continue to demand higher-quality products and experiences. To...
QSR pizza brands improve business to better compete with major fast food chains.
Pizza
New York–style, Neapolitan, New Haven, red, white, deep-dish, pan, flatbread. Any way you slice it, Americans love their pizza—to the tune of nearly $37 billion in annual sales, according to Technomic. But the industry that once thrived on phone delivery is evolving thanks to emerging fast casuals...
QSR Mexican leader Taco Bell opens Millennial friendly new restaurants in urban markets.
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This isn’t your father’s Taco Bell. Maybe not even your older brother’s. No drive thru. No parking lot. Heck, not even a hidden kitchen. And yes, beer and wine are served along with the burritos. This is the Taco Bell Cantina. Taco Bell’s ultra-savvy, Millennial-snaring strategy finally comes 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
Quick service restaurant franchisees prepare FDDs with unit economics in mind.
For years, the two most important words in franchising—for both franchisors and franchisees—have been unit economics. The success or failure of a franchise concept can pivot off of how well unit economics are tracked, managed, and improved.
The top quick service restaurant brands from year 2014 served new menu items, technology, innovation.
It’s that time of year. Time to look back and reflect upon the brand developments in quick service from the past year—from the surprising to the exciting and the defining—that seemed most important.
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 chains take notes from Millennial led startup companies to innovate business.
When Manny Carral started Revolucion Coffee + Juice in San Antonio four years ago, he thought he was going into unfamiliar territory. The California transplant had no background in food or beverage service and had recently moved to Texas.