Most restaurant closures are independent operations.
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In August, the NPD Group released its annual tally of U.S. restaurant closures, and the study proved a sobering reminder of the challenges independent restaurants face in any climate, let alone one sitting in recession-era shadows. The NPD Group reported that 9,450 restaurants closed during a 12-...
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
Fruits and vegetables constitute half of the USDA’s new, post-Pyramid “MyPlate” dietary diagram. That means the agency recommends Americans get somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 percent of their daily calories from the stuff. If steamed cauliflower tasted like seasoned curly fries and blanched...
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A new company helmed by sons of prominent foodservice leaders plans to establish a national food-truck brand that it hopes to grow to hundreds of units across the country. Dallas-based Two Trucks LLC will launch its food-truck brand, The Butcher’s Son, in October with two Dallas trucks. Those...
Executive Insights
It’s a rainy Monday morning in downtown Park Ridge, Illinois, a Rockwellesque suburb on Chicago’s northwestern edge. The overcast sky feels Seattle-like, a fitting day to observe the ebbs and flows of traffic at Starbucks. At one stand-alone Starbucks location, once home to a community bank,...
Subway's $5 footlong deal offered a value to customers during the recession.
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With the housing market still depressed, food prices on the rise, and unemployment hovering above 9 percent, some economists now fear that the nation is on the verge of entering a second round of recession, if it hasn’t already. While the prospect of a “double dip” into recession should have...
Amit Kleinberger is CEO of Menchie's, a frozen yogurt concept.
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 Quick-serve CEOs usually get the final say when their companies make big moves or decisions, but experts say executives must maintain strong personal networks to help guide those everyday decisions. Some of the goals of a strong C-level network are “to identify and recruit world-class talent, to...
Emerging Concepts
Health-conscious consumers can get an on-the-go fruit fix in myriad ways at the growing number of Emerald City Smoothie locations—from an Apple Andie to a Zesty Lemon and every fruit in between. Founded in Seattle in 1996, Emerald City Smoothie has locations in Washington, Oregon, Colorado,...
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Having opened his first Nestlé Toll House unit in 2007, Howard Taylor quickly became acquainted with the quick-serve industry and today owns and operates five units in Michigan. Taylor caught wind of the partnership between Nestlé Toll House and Häagen-Dazs in February, and explored the option of...
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.
Fast food brands use gluten free and allergy friendly menu items and preparation
Surging demand for dining options that are sensitive to dietary allergens has led to a change in offerings and operations for much of the restaurant industry, especially fast-casual concepts, where the customizable dish reigns.
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
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.
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 spend money on new food item investment programs.
Restaurant brands that are around for any length of time are likely to undergo a rebrand at some point, whether it’s a subtle store redesign or a wholesale menu shift.