Chipotle has supported small family farms with its Food with Integrity campaign.
Ingredients & Dayparts
When the National Restaurant Association (NRA) unveiled the results of its “What’s Hot in 2012” chef survey in December, few were surprised that locally sourced meats and seafood secured the No. 1 spot on the list of top 10 menu trends for this year. Or that the term local showed up in three other...
Specialty beverages like energy drinks can help drive fast food sales.
Menu Innovations
McDonald’s signs boast about the incredible number of hamburgers—now many billions—it’s served over the years. But with the customer clamor for specialty beverages growing louder, the fast food icon may one day brag about the number of peppermint mochas sold. When McDonald’s launched the McCafé...
McDonald's recalled promotional glasses that proved to have lead in the paint.
Story
It occurred to me recently that we are all just trying to have a nice life, build a good business, and make enough bucks to be comfortable. Most of us try to do good things for the communities we work in. But sometimes what we attempt to do doesn’t always work out because we make mistakes, or worse...
Apple has thrived because of the good will it has established with customers.
Outside Insights
When Steve Jobs passed away in October, many questioned whether or not Apple would be able thrive without his leadership. But when the company announced in January that its first-quarter sales had risen 73 percent to $46 billion, it was clear to everyone that Jobs had left the company in good shape...
Imported foods pose a threat to consumers unless their safety is secured.
Special Report
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law by President Obama just more than a year ago, but companies that import foods from other countries still must work hard to ensure their supply systems are in top shape to stop contaminations from...
Wendy's will remodel 50 stores in 2012.
Industry News
Wendy's will build 20 and remodel 50 company-operated restaurants in the U.S. and Canada in 2012 with new, bold, and contemporary designs. This follows the opening of 10 “Image Activation” restaurants in 2011.  To see QSR's exclusive tour of one of the prototypes, go here. The company conducted...
Industry News
Starbucks executives announced during the brand’s first-quarter earnings call that the company increased its net revenues to a record $3.4 billion during the quarter. Further, global comparable store sales were up 9 percent. Howard Schultz, CEO of the global coffee quick serve, said during the call...
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Industry News
Guests will soon know the answer to the question “What’s in Your Box?” when San Francisco’s FK Restaurants & Hospitality debuts its innovative Asian Box concept in Palo Alto, California, in February 2012.  Inspired by Asian street food carts, Asian Box will showcase traditional cooking methods...
Top QSR chains test new waffle menu items that are both sweet and savory.
There can’t be much waffling when it comes to waffles.The well-known batter cake is a popular dish at home and on menus at full-service, family-style restaurants known for breakfast; some even feature the item in their names.
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.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump gives restaurant businesses new marketing lessons.
Q: Is it true there really is no such thing as bad publicity?A:To answer this question, let’s look no further than Donald Trump, the ultimate publicity machine.
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.
Chances are that when you hear the term “big data,” you think of Ph.D. candidates slaving over massive banks of computers—not restaurants.