Restaurants should focus on marketing, customer service to get repeat business.
Kate and I stopped into our favorite bar and grill after church last Sunday for a quick lunch. We usually just sit at the bar, and that day it was just us and another couple at the other end. Their drink glasses were empty, but the bartender busied himself mightily with cutting up lemons, putting...
Demand for lower sodium and other healthier foods has impacted food businesses.
In recent weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with a number of food-industry leaders about technology and choice in our food supply. These discussions have centered on what consumers want. There appears to be a growing list of examples where consumer choice was compromised when companies made...
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It’s true that different brands excel at different things, be it in the area of nutritional offerings, customer service, or speed. It’s true, too, with drive-thru service; some brands perform better than the rest. And this year the QSR Drive-Thru Performance Study focuses on seven brands as a...
Upselling to customers in the drive thru can boost profit margins.
If you haven’t seen the “Fast Food Folk Song,” it’s worth a look on YouTube. Comedians Rhett and Link pull up to a Taco Bell drive thru, and when they’re asked what they’d like to eat, they launch into an elaborate folk song. Their song, which includes lines like “I’ll choose a chalupa, I’ll grab a...
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Hala Moddelmog, president of Arby's, spoke to QSR about the launch of her company's new-look, healthier kids' menu, as well as its work with Share Our Strength's "No Kid Hungry" campaign.   Why is now the time for Arby’s to unveil a new kids’ menu? We’ve been working on it for some time, as usual....
Apples and yogurt sauce will be default side item for Arby's kids meals.
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Arby’s announced in an exclusive interview with QSR that it is unveiling a new, healthier kids’ meal strategy and leveraging it to raise money to fight childhood hunger. On Monday, the Atlanta-based company will debut two new kids’ meal entrees and replace fries with apple slices and strawberry...
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United Kingdom–based sushi concept YO!Sushi is crossing the pond and bringing its conveyor-belt operation to the U.S. after a deal was signed to open at least 10 units on the East Coast. The fast casual, which is known for its sushi-lined belt that snakes around the dining room, will debut at Union...
Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds was a spokesman for Penn Station.
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Most consumers can recall a celebrity-driven fast food marketing campaign, whether it’s Michael Jordan and Larry Bird shooting hoops for McDonald’s or Michael Phelps bringing gold to Subway. But celebrity spokespeople extend beyond the mega-famous endorsing for the mega-chains. Take Penn Station...
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.
Many restaurant industry leaders are aware of and sensitive to the fact that som
When Matt Mitchell was four years old, his parents took him out one night to McDonald’s for a hamburger. But when he bit into it, he tasted cheese. For most people, getting the wrong order is, at worst, a nuisance. But as far as restaurant patrons go, Mitchell isn’t most people.
A quiche hits the spot any time of day.
Breakfast has always broken the rules.Whereas frosted cinnamon buns, bowlfuls of chocolate-flavored puffed rice, and jelly doughnuts dusted with powdered sugar are considered perfectly acceptable morning mealtime fare, anyone besides a college student who breaks out the same items for dinner on a re
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.
QSR brands innovate drive through lane to build business from customer demographics.
To say that convenience is king in today’s always-connected, technology-driven world may be an understatement.
QSR brands compete for best speed and accuracy in drive through restaurant operation.
As dayparts blur and customers increase their demand for more convenient and higher-quality food, the drive thru represents both a great opportunity and a potential pitfall for many restaurant operators.Mobile payment and ordering have started to creep into the drive thru, with brands like Starbucks