Quick service brands invest in company culture and philanthropy to make business about more than money.
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Jeff Sinelli never thought he’d end up in the Guinness Book of World Records. And he’s not so sure it’s something he’ll make a habit of pursuing. But he’s there now, along with hundreds of his employees and franchisees from Which Wich, the sandwich brand he founded in 2004, where he serves as CEO...
Portland Oregon quick service restaurant franchise owner pays fair wages.
By the time Steve Foltz was 24, he was the district manager of five Rax restaurants, and in 1989, Foltz became a partner with brothers Tom and John Whittaker and started the franchise company Cinnamon Bums. To date, the company owns 19 Jamba Juice units and three Cinnabons in Oregon and Washington...
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In response to the growing consumer concern around sustainably sourced foods, U.S. retailers, cattleman, restaurant operators, and nonprofits have formed the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB). The diverse group will represent various viewpoints from across state and industry lines. “This...
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New celebrity driven quick service brand serves customized veggie bowls in DC.
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Esteemed chef José Andrés, famous for fine-dining restaurants like the Bazaar and Zaytina, entered the limited-service sphere with the Washington, D.C., fast-casual concept Beefsteak, which opened in March. Don’t be confused by the name, though. What sounds like an homage to red meat is really a...
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Baked goods have long been the literal bread and butter of Panera’s breakfast menu, but the new Power Almond Quinoa Oatmeal furthers the brand’s shift toward healthier options. Launched on the first day of spring, the Power Almond Quinoa Oatmeal includes organic quinoa, steel-cut oats, toasted...
Quick service brands can explore innovative potato dishes like poutine.
Marc Halperin: Resident F&B Expert
What can I possibly tell you about potatoes, dear quick-serve industry professional, that you don’t already know? It’s not as though you’re unacquainted with America’s favorite starch. You may even know that it’s the world’s fourth-largest food crop, trailing behind only rice, corn, and wheat,...
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Quiznos' international business has been hot lately, including a recent deal in China that could be the largest deal in franchising history. Quiznos announced that it signed a 1,500-unit deal with the Parkson Retail Group of China, a retail arm of Malaysia-based The Lion Group. The units will be...
Quick service burger concept Culvers celebrates farmers through Thank You program.
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Before their guests bite into a ButterBurger or enjoy a spoonful of frozen custard, Culver’s franchisees want them to know about the most important stakeholder in the Culver’s system, the people who help make the burgers and custard possible: the farmers. Since its rollout two years ago, the chain’...
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.
Crises like inappropriate employee behavior could hurt a brand in the long run.
Ask any quick-serve operator who’s been through a crisis. He will be able to tell you the exact date, time, and day of the week the fate of his concept came under attack.
QSR brands investing in social media might reconsider television advertising.
Q: Given how prevalent and powerful social media seems to be these days, does it still make sense to advertise on TV?A:Broadcast mass-media advertising may seem anachronistic.
QSR donut concept franchise owner uses leadership skills gained on Mt Everest.
Jeff Gottfurcht summited Mount Everest on May 14, 2011, at 6:10 A.M.
QSR brands change price strategy to account for higher costs in restaurant industry.
Quickly rising labor costs are a major concern for quick-service operators these days as initiatives to accelerate minimum wage increases dominate the news.
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.