Litestars founder Annie Leconte
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With a menu featuring “tartlets” and “soupdrinks,” Litestars is far from your average quick-service restaurant. The Washington, D.C.–based fast casual, which opened in October 2010, carries the motto “Healthier, Fresher, Tastier” and offers a choice of menu items boasting lower fat, cholesterol,...
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No National Football League sponsor knows a quality “toss” like Papa John’s founder, chairman, and CEO John Schnatter, but he’s counting on America to call the coin toss for Super Bowl XLVI so that the country can flip over free pizza. Papa John’s, the Official Pizza Sponsor of the NFL, today...
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Responding to customer feedback for more options to relax in its stores in the evenings, Starbucks Coffee Company today announced plans to bring wine, beer, and premium food offerings to a handful of locations in Atlanta and Southern California by the end of this year. These stores, along with...
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Consistent with NPC International, Inc.’s objective to continue its growth within the Pizza Hut system, NPC announced that it had entered into an Asset Sale Agreement with Pizza Hut, Inc. and affiliates.  Through this, NPC has agreed to purchase from PHI 36 Pizza Hut units for $18.8 million in cash...
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Quick serves regularly serve more than 50 percent of their business through the drive thru. But according to the National Center for Health Statistics, there are an estimated 36 million deaf and hearing-disabled people in the U.S. who are left without that option. A tool from Inclusion Solutions is...
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When Sardar Biglari moved with his family to the U.S. in 1984, Steak ‘n Shake was already a verified favorite on the quick-serve scene. In fact, the tried-and-true Midwestern chain was celebrating its 50th anniversary the year Biglari immigrated to San Antonio from Iran. Today, 28 years later,...
Starbucks Blonde roast is available in three different blends.
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After 40 years of staking its reputation on dark and medium coffee roasts, Starbucks began offering a light roast on January 10. The Seattle-based coffee giant launched its new Blonde roast across the country in what some believe is a response to the growth of coffee competitors like McDonald’s and...
Mike Faers
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Former UK Head of Food at McDonalds, Mike Faers has launched a new management consultancy called Food Innovation Solutions (FIS) to help global food businesses deliver truly innovative new products. “Being so focused on managing costs in these difficult financial times can make it difficult to...
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.
Quick service franchisees create strong customer service with employees.
For David Beaton, working for Tim Hortons has been a lifelong passion. The Nova Scotia native started working for the 50-year-old Canadian chain after graduating from business school in 1992 and has helped grow its presence in the U.S.
Top QSR restaurant chains balance finance budgets in preparation for 2016.
For many quick-service operators, year-end is budget season. But developing meaningful numbers for the next year requires a methodical approach.
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.
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.