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For the first time since it was acquired by parent company TRUFOODS LLC in 2007, Pudgie’s Famous Chicken launched a new food product, the BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich LTO. Gary Occhiogrosso, chief development officer for TRUFOODS, says there were more pressing needs for the company to address with...
The beginning of the year offers a good opportunity to reevaluate business.
Ah, December. The month of happy faces, snow on tongues, warm giving, good food, loved ones, quiet reflection, The Christmas Carol, talking pets on Christmas Eve, and more sales.   Enter January. The bills are due and there’s bad weather, lower sales, colds, and nothing to do until Valentine’s Day...
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He’s found himself at the top of the polls in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, and now former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is reaching out to the small business world to help him secure it. Gingrich participated in a town-hall-type teleconference today to answer small...
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Tasti D-Lite, the lower-calorie frozen dessert chain catering to health-conscious consumers, has announced the acquisition of Planet Smoothie, LLC, a franchise system with more than 100 units in operation, mainly in Georgia and Florida.  Planet Smoothie is a national franchisor and consumer...
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Red Mango is expanding to Mexico. Today, the Dallas-based chain and one of America's fastest-growing yogurt and smoothie brands announced its first international franchise agreement in an exclusive deal with Cinemex, the leading national chain with 184 movie theaters operating across Mexico. ...
A KFC marketing campaign had Colonel Sanders delivering food to window washers.
1. Roark Capital Buys Arby’s With concerns about the economy running high, restaurant industry mergers and acquisitions dipped noticeably. None of 2011’s mergers came close in value to the previous year, when Burger King and CKE, parent of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, were each sold for more than $1...
Hot Head Burritos offers a range of fresh Mexican menu options.
Emerging Concepts
With four salsas and 12 sauces to choose from, diners at Hot Head Burritos can control the degree of spiciness in their food with a great degree of precision. “We have really expanded on our sauces,” says Ray Wiley, who started Hot Head Burritos with his wife Cynde almost five years ago. “We opened...
Mall food courts are getting makeover as consumers return to spend.
Special Report
Ever since the first farmers packed up their produce to sell in the town square, food has been an important part of the shopping experience. But lately, it seems the food is better than ever. At the Macy’s in Chicago, celebrity chefs like Rick Bayless have set up shop with their own quick-service...
QSR packaging products add sustainability and creativity to new functional design.
Innovative. Customizable. Compostable. These were three of the trends that Lynn Dyer, president of the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI), expected to see from the QSR/FPI Foodservice Packaging Awards, which will be presented at FPI’s fall meeting in St.
Young QSR diners look for more premium and bold flavors like high quality seafood dishes.
Regular readers of this column know that for some years now, I’ve been dispensing suggestions on how quick-serve chains can do more to court millions of Millennials, aka members of Generation Y, whose adventurous palates, curious minds, and unconventional tastes have often made them elusive qu
Head quick service restaurant chef offers ideas on using raw and fresh foods on menu.
Raw fruits and vegetables are often an afterthought in restaurants.
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.
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.
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.