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A new campaign from Pei Wei Asian Diner that tied together elements of social media, mobile, and e-mail marketing helped the concept’s new Caramel Chicken entrée become one of its most popular dishes. The various marketing elements directed customers to Pei Wei’s e-mail subscription list by...
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It began in 2005 with Cookie Monster admitting cookies are only a “sometimes food,” and now McDonald’s is taking the reigns in teaching children why nutrition is important. The burger giant announced plans in July to overhaul its Happy Meal with a reduced fry serving and automatic apple slices,...
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Restaurant and retail openings are a dime a dozen in New York City, but a new market in Brooklyn is garnering special attention for its innovative concept. Twenty-two new businesses, including nine quick-service restaurants, opened shop over the summer in a collection of recycled shipping...
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McDonald's hopes its new TV channel will keep customers in stores longer.
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After two years of testing in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas, McDonald’s will launch its own in-store television network in 645 California stores later this year. The McDonald’s Channel is expected to reach nearly 20 million people each month and integrate online and social-networking...
Tap water consumption is on the rise.
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Tap water is one of the fastest growing beverages ordered at U.S. restaurants whereas revenue-generating beverages have been declining over the past five years, according to foodservice market research conducted by The NPD Group.  Tap water servings currently represent 8 percent of the 50 billion...
Bojangles launches new ad campaign.
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A breaking TV campaign for Bojangles’ Restaurants aims for larger ticket purchases with the launch of the “Big Bo Box” combination special. The campaign is by advertising agency BooneOakley, Charlotte, NC.   The Big Bo Box, priced at $19.99 and up, holds various large meal combinations, all...
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With franchisees still struggling to access the capital necessary to open new stores and run their operations, franchisors are getting help from an online service to pair operators with suitable lenders. David Nayor, co-president and chief operating officer of, says the service was...
Pollo Campero New Store
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Interbrand Design Forum rebranded Latin chicken chain Pollo Campero with a new unit in Webster, Texas, recently. “Like” QSR on Facebook to see more photos! Two other locations are expected to open in the Houston area by the end of the year. Each location will be 2,380 square feet. “Pollo Campero is...
QSR business leaders consider benefits of customers eating in compared with taking out.
For decades, traditional quick-service restaurants have leaned heavily on selling food that’s ultimately consumed off-premise, whether it’s delivered through the drive-thru window or carried out from the counter.But with the rise of fast-casual brands—which bank on a high-quality e
Top QSR chains leverage big data numbers for restaurant business success.
In April, Josh Patchus began his new job at Cava Grill, the upstart Washington, D.C.–based fast casual.In a world of cooks and cashiers, marketers and managers, Patchus acknowledges that his title—chief data scientist—is an odd one, seemingly out of place at the emerging 14-unit Me
In addition to helping conserve cash, bartering often leads to additional exposu
Twenty years ago, Toni Foley began bartering. These days, she won’t run her restaurant—five-year-old Eastside Café in Fairport, New York—without the practice.
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.
QSR brands roll out new healthy menu items like nutritious salads.
It’s a rite of passage: In August, well before the actual fall season begins, limited-service brands—especially those among the coffee, doughnut, and bakery-café categories—trip over each other to be the first to market with all fashions of fall-themed goods, from apple-pie this to