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London-based YO!Sushi signed its first U.S. franchisee in 2011 and the company is piggybacking on that success for 2012. YO!Sushi will open its first two American locations this year in Washington, D.C. with leases signed for at least one additional location. The company also plans to sign two to...
Papa Murphy's heart shaped pizza appeals to families looking for value.
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While most people may associate Valentine’s Day with upscale restaurants and fine wines, dozens of quick-serve promotions, ranging from heart-shaped doughnuts to couples’ specials, are giving operators hope that they won’t be stood up this February 14. By targeting families and social gatherings,...
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Limited-service restaurant sales are expected to grow 3.1 percent to $174 billion in 2012, according to the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) annual Restaurant Industry Forecast. The NRA announced Forecast results in a webinar today. Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the NRA’s Research...
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Brands like KFC and McDonald's have successfully grown around the world.
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QSR has been reporting on the largest companies in the quick-service segment for nearly 15 years. For many of those years (now more than a decade), we’ve also delivered a top-level ranking called the QSR 50 each August. The QSR 50 is a ranking of the most successful quick-service and fast-casual...
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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen brings back Wicked Chicken with a twist this February with all new Garlic Pepper Wicked Chicken. For a limited time, consumers can experience the flavor spin of Garlic Pepper Wicked Chicken with Cajun fries, a buttermilk biscuit, Garlic Pepper Parmesan Dipping Sauce, and a...
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Wendy's president and CEO Emil J. Brolick unveiled in the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call yesterday a new recipe to "take the brand where we need it to be,” and said reviving the iconic brand will require competing with upstart fast-casual brands. While Wendy’s North American company-...
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James Greco has been named president and CEO of Sbarro, effective immediately.  Greco was the former CEO of Bruegger’s Enterprises and is credited by industry experts with the strong performance and growth of the 28-year-old national bagel bakery chain.  Nicky McGrane, who has been serving as...
Asian foods are rich with umami, which has been described as a fifth taste.
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What are you craving, exactly, when you yearn for a heaping mound of pad thai noodles, or a plate of kung pao chicken, or a bowl of miso soup? On one very obvious level, it’s undoubtedly the taste. In the former two examples, the blend of sweet, savory, and spicy flavors offers a pleasing...
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 franchisee in North Carolina shares ideas for connecting with community.
Like so many who go on to make a career in foodservice, Jeff Rigsby landed a job at a quick serve when he was in high school.
Atlanta fast casual chef talks fresh and local veggie sourcing in restaurants.
Vegetables are no stranger to the limited-service industry, but have long been confined to the salad bowl and sandwich topping station.
Chicago fast casual chain offers healthy versions of fast food classics.
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Chances are that when you hear the term “big data,” you think of Ph.D. candidates slaving over massive banks of computers—not restaurants.
Startup fast casual and QSR chains find finance help through nontraditional funders.
Eager to launch his new restaurant concept Komotodo Sushi Burrito and having already experienced one failed Kickstarter campaign, Alonzo Martinez designed a new strategy and went at it again.