Rising commodity costs affect what chain restaurants can put on menus
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Rising commodity costs are threatening to destroy any kind of optimism operators held that they were climbing out of the nation’s economic woes. The costs present a consistent challenge to Togo’s, for instance, as it plans on opening 50 units in 2012 and develop the franchised concept beyond its...
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Burger King announced today a revamp of its kids’ meal option, launching the BK Crown Program for kids that updates its packaging and signature cardboard crown and makes the kids’ meal a more family friendly experience. The updated Kids Meal now comes in a square cardboard box, attached to which is...
Restaurant operators must plan for the worst with their supply chain.
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In late August, Hurricane Irene was churning in the Atlantic Ocean. Having already pummeled Puerto Rico, the powerful storm turned toward the U.S. East Coast, threatening much of the Mid-Atlantic region and keeping meteorologists guessing as to where exactly it might make landfall. But Irene scared...
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Food New Media, publisher of QSR magazine, is proud to announce that its flagship publication was awarded a gold Eddie at FOLIO’s 2011 Eddie Awards for best full issue in the B-to-B, Food Service/Hotel category. The Eddie was awarded for QSR’s February 2011 issue, which was headlined by coverage of...
The Seattle’s Best Coffee Premium Brewer
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Seattle’s Best has already delivered its coffee to airplanes, AMC movie theaters, and major quick serves like Subway and Burger King. Now the Starbucks-owned coffee brand is conquering a new frontier: the corporate office. The company announced today that its volume in the office coffee marketplace...
David Goebel is CEO of Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs.
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Formality is being phased out at a Kansas City, Missouri–based quick-serve chain. Customers will no longer have to use a courtesy title when addressing Mr. Goodcents. The 96-unit sandwich concept, with locations in nine states, is undergoing a rebranding, which includes changing its name from Mr....
Krispy Kreme in Dubai
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Many of today's biggest chains are finding opportunities outside the borders of the U.S.  If your company is a U.S.-based brand with locations in other countries, enter QSR's first-ever International QSR 50! The report, along with accompanying data & analysis, will be published in 2012. ...
McDonald's Flavor Battle
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Today McDonald's launched the 2012 McDonald’s Flavor Battle, a national DJ competitio,n celebrating the artistic mix-masters who spin their creative blend of music at dance clubs and parties across America. Music and big burger lovers can vote online daily for their favorite DJ, each representing...
Top QSR burger brand Shake Shack had successful IPO stock offering.
When Shake Shack went public in January, its shares were priced at $21. The next morning, the stock began trading at $47 per share, and in May, the price peaked at nearly $97.
Fast food brands scale food safety efforts up as they grow across the country.
It could happen to any restaurant.Business is strong, with sales and unit counts growing quickly. Optimism abounds for a healthy future.And then it happens. Contaminated food supplies filter into the system. Hundreds of customers get sick.
Top QSR chains add new workers with jobs to prep for holiday business rush.
Those in the world of customer service know all too well the stress that the holiday season brings: long lines of customers, clogged parking lots, and sometimes hangry (hungry and angry) shoppers.To accommodate the huge jump in traffic, businesses across America start hiring and training large level
QSR chains market to Millennial customers by selling restaurant story.
There’s a lot of buzz in almost every circle about the Millennial generation—those born between 1978 and 1995—and for good reason. They are spending money in a big way and, if you market to them right, they’ll spend it eating out.The numbers don’t lie.
Waffle menu development gives QSR operators new ingredient ideas for attracting customers.
A few years back, the Trouble Coffee and Coconut Club in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset neighborhood began selling slices of cinnamon toast for $4.
QSR operators move operations systems to cloud based technology.
You would be hard pressed to find a quick-service operator who, when asked why they started their own business, answered by saying it was to become the CIO of the company.