Quick service and fast casual restaurant leaders attend national restaurant show to learn about innovations.
Web Exclusive
Every year, the National Restaurant Association Show rolls into Chicago’s McCormick Place to show off thousands of innovative tips, tools, and trends available for restaurant operators to use in building their business back home. This year was no different. From 3D food printers to sustainable...
A small sampling of the search results for tweets with the hashtag #ShakeShack on a Monday evening in early March include: It’s a Monday and I have work but nothing matters because #shakeshack is back in my life The BEST! #nyc #shakeshack @ Shake Shack Upper Westside #SHAKESHACK for the first time...
Healthy Menus
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) recently recommended changes to what Americans should eat, including suggestions to consume less meat, sugar, and saturated fat. While many operators remain focused on the calorie-count mandate set to take effect later this year under the Affordable...
Quick service restaurant operators look to grow through equity and technology.
Outside Insights
It continues to be hot times for restaurants across the U.S. According to the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) 2015 Industry Forecast, the restaurant industry is booming; industry sales are expected to hit a record high. Restaurant operators are expressing ongoing optimism for their domestic...
Quick service brands cater to generation Y with premium experience.
Outside Insights
Everyone is talking about food. With the success of the Food Network, cooking blogs, and innovative food delivery services such as Blue Apron, ordinary people, particularly Millennials, have become more sophisticated in their tastes and dining habits. They know what quinoa is. They crave Brussels...
The premier culinary school in America is training chefs to change the whole restaurant industry.
Special Report
Tim Ryan has been president of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) since 2001. He’s got the typical degrees that go with being a college president—EdD, MBA—but he’s also a CIA grad (class of ’77) and boasts an impressive culinary résumé that includes a turn as executive chef at La Normande in...
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
It seems almost impossible to think about, but my quick-serve career started back when the McDonald’s in my town didn’t even have a drive-thru window. Taking a job as a cashier while I was in high school, I quickly gained more responsibilities and duties. My sister and I worked together most nights...
Mega successful quick service brand Chipotle thrives on sustainable and socially responsible operation.
Fast Casual
When classically trained chef Steve Ells opened his first Chipotle in Denver in 1993, he probably wouldn’t have believed that the brand was set up for such enormous success. After all, he was executing a high level of fast food that was nearly unheard of, had modest financing to get his business...
Biggest quick service restaurant brands build unit counts and system wide sales.
Read the ProfilesBrowse the Big ChartSee The ContendersSegmentsBurgerSandwichSnackMexicanPizza/PastaChickenAsianSeafood1.McDonald’sThere’s an age-old saying woven into kids’ vernacular, a commandment of sorts underlying playground activities the world over: “First is the wors
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.
QSR brands plate fresh and natural ingredients to improve health and nutrition.
Fresh has become a mantra of the restaurant industry these days, and there’s nothing that conveys fresh better than using raw items, particularly fruits and vegetables.
QSR brands partner with equity firms to finance restaurant unit growth.
Equity relationships are intended to be mutually beneficial, with the brands and their private equity (PE) partners both contributing—and both reaping the rewards. But brands may not know what to expect from the partnership as it matures.
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 operators move operations systems to cloud based technology.
You would be hard pressed to find a quick-service operator who, when asked why they started their own business, answered by saying it was to become the CIO of the company.