Quick service operators leverage brand advertising terms to improve visibility.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru
Q: What’s the difference between advertising and branding? A: I fielded this question during a recent podcast interview for small-business owners. It was surprising to me because advertising is very different from branding, and I’ve always thought everyone understood that. But I realize that people...
Industry News
Sushi might be a popular fast-casual or carryout option, but it’s hardly conducive with on-the-go grubbing. Between chopsticks, soy sauce, and easily jostled fillings, the dish has always had certain limitations with portability. Enter the sushi burrito. Two fast-casual concepts—Sushirrito in the...
Culinary Institute of America president Tim Ryan has helped school teach students to influence fast casual industry.
Menu Innovations
Some might say New York City, with its renowned restaurateurs and trend-setting eateries, is the culinary epicenter of the U.S., if not the world. And they might be right. But they’d only partly be right. While the Big Apple has indeed been a mecca for global food trends and talented chefs for...
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Barbecue brisket and pulled pork may be unlikely candidates for healthy, on-the-go fare, but Southern Concepts Restaurant Group plans to change that with its upcoming fast-casual concept, Southern Hospitality. Borrowing inspiration from both its full-service counterpart Southern Hospitality...
Quick service brands use online ordering programs to speed up customer experience.
Outside Insights
Forty years since the first McDonald’s drive thru was created near a military base in Arizona in 1975, drive-thru and fast-food restaurants have come to dominate the American restaurant industry. With 75 percent of restaurant industry transactions consumed off-premise, drive thru is a perfect fit...
Los Angeles quick service brand serves premium tacos with innovative flavors.
Emerging Concepts
Amid thousands of Los Angeles–area taco shops sits Mondo Taco, a three-year-old eatery dishing up 34 eclectic tacos and a mission to redefine the taco experience. Starting with homemade tortillas, the 1,250-square-foot outlet in Santa Monica features a menu cleverly divided into three categories:...
Quick service brands update their point of sales stations with technology advancements.
Outside Insights
Sure, you may be able to accept credit cards on your smartphone. But can that reader actually help you run your quick-service restaurant or food-truck business after the swipe? In early 2014, the owners of Atlanta-based food truck Happy Belly Curbside Kitchen realized they needed more functionality...
Quick service company Yum Brands invests in sustainable global restaurants.
Web Exclusive
Yum! Brands Inc. recently released its 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, detailing the company’s progress in four areas: food, people, the community, and the environment. The Louisville, Kentucky–based parent company of Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut shared the progress it has made...
Older QSR chains work on fresh marketing and store design to be young again.
At Zaxby’s annual convention in San Diego last April, there was plenty of celebration for the chicken-peddling chain, its franchisees, and vendors, highlighted by a private concert from country music superstar Tim McGraw.Amid the festive atmosphere, however, there was also much reflection.
Quick service concepts have long thrived on fried chicken dishes.
Fried chicken may have roots reaching deep within the culture of the American South, but the dish’s versatility has made it an integral part of the entire nation’s restaurant landscape over the years.Traditional, homestyle fried chicken—bone-in pieces that are marinated, battered,
Restaurant operators know that establishing strong relationships with vendors is
Richard Leivenberg, executive vice president for Jody Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom in Venice, California, knows a thing or two about relationships.
QSR brands plate fresh and natural ingredients to improve health and nutrition.
Fresh has become a mantra of the restaurant industry these days, and there’s nothing that conveys fresh better than using raw items, particularly fruits and vegetables.
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.
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.