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It’s finally happening—through a collaboration between the frozen yogurt shop Pinkberry and the delivery service Postmates, frozen yogurt is now available for delivery. After years of optimizing its products for travel in the catering business, Pinkberry has become the first in its category to...
AOL founder and investor Steve Case bets on upstart fast casuals like Sweetgreen.
Guest Experience
Perhaps best known for cofounding America Online (AOL) and later serving as its CEO, Steve Case has now turned his attention to foodservice. Like many tech innovators, he sees great potential to “disrupt” the system through technology and a tech mindset. Case serves as chairman and CEO of the...
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Neville Craw had not been on a bicycle since high school, but it did not deter him from pedaling 300 miles in three days between Santa Barbara and San Diego, California. The Arby’s chef was part of Chefs Cycle, a charity program under the larger No Kid Hungry initiative, which seeks to end...
QSR executives push brand efficiency and prosperity to benefit franchise community.
Special Report
Having spent three decades helping franchisees evaluate prospective investments, Terry Powell has noticed a monumental shift in the industry. The days of franchisees signing on the dotted line with little more than a review of the royalties, franchise fee, and total investment have largely...
Walt Disney World and Disneyland develop new premium menu items at QSR concepts.
Guest Experience
Magic sort of loses its luster with age. Rarely does one find the right occasion to use the term magical as an adult—after a first date, perhaps, or to describe an experience at a concert or a vacation. There is one place, though, where—by design—the magic never seems to die. Walt Disney Parks and...
QSR brands launch literacy programs to help young customers learn reading skills.
Charitable Giving
For quick-serve brands, giving back to the community can extend beyond donating food and fighting hunger. Two brands have found that supporting childhood literacy is not only a worthy investment in the next generation, but it’s also good for business. In 2007, the National Endowment for the Arts...
QSR restaurant concepts can leverage data to improve business sustainability.
Outside Insights
The quick-service restaurant industry is built on the delivery of food—and data.  The former is obvious, complemented by the physical layout and the queue of customers, standing or seated, waiting, respectively, to place their orders or receive their meals. But the latter is the proverbial secret...
Executive Panera chef improves health and nutrition of fast casual menu.
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More Americans are showing a desire to eat healthier foods, both at home and when dining out. And Panera Bread wants to satisfy that desire. This fall, the fast-casual leader will roll out new menu items and continue to purge its menu of artificial additives, an evolution that will see greater...
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
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 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.
When a restaurant operator needs funding, a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan may be a viable option. But while borrowing is easier today than it was five years ago, entrepreneurs should still be ready to clear some hurdles before submitting a loan application.