Industry News
As Washington, D.C.­­–based Taylor Gourmet approached its seventh anniversary, founder and co-owner Casey Patten knew he wanted to do something special for the customers, but he also had a desire to take it to the next level. “We were thinking: What can we do that is actually better than just...
Industry News
On Wednesday, November 11 federal offices and many private businesses will close to honor Veterans Day. While the retail world will go about business as usual, several restaurant chains will offer special promotions targeting active-duty military, their families, and veterans across the armed...
Industry News
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) annually explores the top menu trends for the coming year. For this year’s What’s Hot culinary forecast, the NRA surveyed nearly 1,600 professional chefs—members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF)—to find which foods, beverages and culinary themes...
More than 2 million Americans have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and as they return home, restaurant brands are realizing that this new generation of military veterans may make ideal franchisees. These partnerships are increasingly benefitting veterans looking for post-service...
New York health food fast casual serves fresh ingredients in modern environment.
Emerging Concepts
Billed as a “farm-to-counter” concept, Dig Inn leaves the last few steps of the “farm-to-table” journey up to the customer in order to make local, seasonal food more affordable. Founder Adam Eskin says Dig Inn is committed to sourcing naturally raised meats and local seasonal produce, as well as...
Consumer Trends
The growth of catering has seen numerous limited-service restaurants expand their operations to capitalize on the incremental revenue, and an increasing slice is coming from the corporate business world. But while catering to corporate customers gives operators a major business opportunity, it...
Popular QSR chains could turn to flat bread to innovate pizza menu.
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We’re in the roaring ‘20s of flavor-blasted, stuffed crust extravagance within the pizza segment, but economic indicators show that it may be time to start rethinking this extreme approach to pizza before consumers get burned out. While industry analysts agree that fast-casual pizza presents...
QSR brands can leverage education materials and resources from restaurant associations.
Outside Insights
It’s been years since New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman declared the world to be flat, with local industries deeply entangled in the global economy and vice versa. But the declaration is truer today than ever before for the National Restaurant Association (NRA), which has a broader reach...
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Brand lessons from three promising QSR chains growing across the country.
Q: How can I make my limited-service restaurant a great brand?A: Ever since I wrote my first book, What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest (Jossey-Bass), people have been asking my opinion of great fast-food brands.
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.
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.
QSR chains market to Millennial customers by selling restaurant story.
There’s a lot of buzz in almost every circle about the Millennial generation—those born between 1978 and 1995—and for good reason. They are spending money in a big way and, if you market to them right, they’ll spend it eating out.The numbers don’t lie.
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
Waffle menu development gives QSR operators new ingredient ideas for attracting customers.
A few years back, the Trouble Coffee and Coconut Club in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset neighborhood began selling slices of cinnamon toast for $4.