QSR brand mascots give restaurants marketing tool for connecting with young generations.
Consumer Trends
The limited-service restaurant industry has a legacy of colorful mascots, from clowns to kings, walking hamburgers to cookies with faces, and cartoon bears to a certain Chihuahua with a penchant for Mexican fare. In its simplest application, a mascot can make a child’s birthday party more memorable...
QSR brands like pizza giant Papa Johns leverage marketing opportunity of football.
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Suppose the foodservice industry created its own fantasy league. And just suppose the key players in that league were the nation’s 10 most popular sports: football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, tennis, motorsports, pro wrestling, and the martial arts. Take one guess which sport the...
Industry News
Zagat, the restaurant rating service, issued its first-ever report on the fast-casual industry this week, finding that the quality of the food—and the people responsible for the menu—was a top priority for fast-casual customers. The report found that a full 94 percent of consumers ranked food and...
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After years of speculation, McDonald’s is finally ditching its breakfast hours and rolling out all-day breakfast. The morning meal will be available throughout the day at all U.S. locations beginning October 6. McDonald’s franchisees approved all-day breakfast last week. The all-day breakfast menu...
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QSR brands celebrate important anniversaries with promotions and new campaigns.
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75: KFC’s Original Recipe Colonel Harland Sanders may have opened his original restaurant, Sanders Court & Café, in 1930, and the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise may have formally launched in 1952. But the core of the company—the (literally) secret recipe that has driven KFC’s success—is the...
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As school starts back, the kids are finally out of the house. Unfortunately, this often means they—and their parents—are out of the restaurant too. The unscheduled spontaneity of summer is coming to an end, and with it, a lull in vacation splurges and midday family dining. As restaurants scramble...
QSR brands innovate with healthy and nutritious fats to improve menu.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
Those of you old enough to remember the late 1980s will recall those dark days when “fat,” in virtually any form, was about the most reviled substance in America. It was worse than sugar. Worse than salt. Worse even than carbolic acid, quicksand, coal ash, or plutonium. Diet gurus, fitness buffs,...
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This article would start with “It’s that time of the year again,” but honestly, is it? Regardless of the fact that it is technically still summer, the heat has yet to stifle the outpouring of marketing campaigns for fall flavors, which seem to get increasingly elaborate every year. In the land of...
Top QSR stories in 2015 include Chipotle e coli scare and supply chain challenges.
As we put the finishing touches on 2015, a look back reveals a year full of major stories and trends throughout the limited-service restaurant industry.Although it is often difficult to pare a year’s worth of developments in culinary, financial, and operational categories, these 10 rise to the
QSR operators dish raw and uncooked foods to improve healthy eating.
Like other trends that embrace certain extremes and require more than a touch of sacrifice on the part of followers, the raw food movement’s appeal has been—up to this point, anyway—fairly limited.It is unknown exactly how many Americans today completely eschew cooked foods and sti
Walt Disney World and Disneyland develop new premium menu items at QSR concepts.
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.
QSR chains take notes from Millennial led startup companies to innovate business.
When Manny Carral started Revolucion Coffee + Juice in San Antonio four years ago, he thought he was going into unfamiliar territory. The California transplant had no background in food or beverage service and had recently moved to Texas.
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.