Wendy's W burger helps the company bridge its value menu and premium items.
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On December 1, Subway rattled the quick-service world when it announced its latest promotional offer: $2 six-inch subs. As a “Customer Appreciation Month” promotion, the $2 December-only deal may be Subway’s boldest play yet in the pricing wars to compete with other chains’ value menus. “[Subway is...
Chipotle CEO Steve Ells calls for an end to antibiotics in meat.
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In a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill today, Chipotle CEO Steve Ells called for an end to the overuse of antibiotics in American meats. Ells’ wildly successful 1,200-unit Mexican fast casual only uses hormone- and antibiotic-free meats. “It’s going to take restaurants like Chipotle creating...
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Florida-based casual barbecue chain Woody’s Bar-B-Q is overhauling its operations and planning for future growth with two fast-casual prototypes. The veteran chain is now offering a 2,500–3,000-square-foot fast-casual model and 1,000–1,500-square-foot fast-casual express model to franchisees...
Carin L. Stutz is the new CEO of Cosi.
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Fast-casual sandwich concept Così, Inc. (NASDAQ: COSI) hired Carin L. Stutz as the company’s new CEO and president beginning January 1. She also will join the Così Board of Directors. “Carin is a proven leader with deep operational, marketing and business development experience,” says Michael O’...
Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's
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Ben & Jerry’s executives called for an end to economic inequities in the U.S. and promised to continue supporting Occupy protests around the world today at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “In just two short months, Occupy Wall Street has been successful in unmasking America’s dirty...
Salt is not always an unhealthy ingredient and can spice up many menu items.
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Salt is one of the world’s oldest seasonings. But pervasive use of the mineral has put it in the crosshairs of modern-day health professionals. Few people are suggesting that salt—consisting mostly of sodium chloride—be treated like a latter-day trans fat and be banned from restaurants in cities...
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The National Restaurant Association’s “What's Hot in 2012” survey of the nearly 1,800 professional chefs in the American Culinary Federation reveals that children’s nutrition and local sourcing will be the hottest trends on restaurant menus this coming year. The chefs also identified smartphone...
Matt Andrew at Uncle Maddio's in Atlanta.
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While most growing brands get giddy about their sales potential when opening new stores, leaders at Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint are excited about the number of jobs they’re helping to create with the brand’s ongoing growth. Matt Andrew, founder and chief pizza maker for Uncle Maddio’s, says the...
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.
Ideas and insights from 17 years of top quick service industry publication QSR magazine.
The quick-service restaurant industry is always changing, and for 17 years and 200 issues, QSR has been there to write it into the history books.As the leading source of news and information for the industry, we’ve watched trends come and go, brands rise to prominence while others fade away, a
Restaurant operators know that establishing strong relationships with vendors is
Richard Leivenberg, executive vice president for Jody Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom in Venice, California, knows a thing or two about relationships.
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
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.
Top fast casual chains offer lessons to startup premium restaurant brands like Num Pang.
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