Top fast casual QSR head chef talks new menu development with salad items.
Menu Innovations
There was a time when salads at quick-service restaurants were a joke, consisting of wilted lettuce and over-ripe vegetables pre-packaged with heavy, unhealthy dressings. These days, however, customers are more interested in nutritious menu options, and quick-serve operators are meeting that demand...
Industry News
Long known for its bakery-inspired fare, Panera has thrown its hat into the gluten-free arena with a new product, which it began testing in Detroit October 28. Specializing in baked goods and sandwiches, the St. Louis–based fast casual has expanded its menu in recent years to include bread-free...
Industry News
Ben Daitz and Ratha Chaupoly, the chef and owners behind cult-favorite sandwich shop Num Pang, announced the opening of their seventh location in the South Financial District neighborhood of New York City, at 75 Broad Street at South William. Available exclusively at Num Pang FiDi South is the...
Major QSR brands roll out new salad dressings to improve flavor and health factors.
Menu Innovations
Parmesan, anchovies, and garlicky croutons. Chopped egg, avocado, and bacon. Tomato, balsamic, and Mozzarella. Great salads like the Caesar, Cobb, and Caprese come together in ways that make their sums greater than their parts. Today, as salad-centric fast-casual concepts proliferate, salads have...
New York City QSR fast casual brand develops innovative new salad menu item.
Menu Innovations
“Cardini is the one who created the original Caesar salad. So my thought was, how can I create a Caesar salad, which is loaded with saturated fat and the like, and make it healthy for The Little Beet? What I did was take chickpeas and I puréed them in a blender with roasted garlic and olive oil,...
Industry News
Marketing consultant and QSR columnist Denise Lee Yohn says that when it comes down to the nuts and bolts, brands are about what companies do and how they do it. In Yohn’s new e-book, Extraordinary Experiences: What Great Retail and Restaurant Brands Do, she considers different companies that...
Top QSR executives encourage healthy active lifestyles to best represent nutrition positions.
Executive Insights
In 2015, any company that wants a healthy bottom line has to think about healthy menu offerings. “Consumers’ definitions of health will continue to evolve, and descriptors like ‘fresh,’ ‘local,’ and ‘sustainable’ will lose their elitist associations and be insisted upon by all consumers, not just...
QSR salad innovation puts attention on new field greens and lettuce varieties.
Menu Innovations
It’s not easy being greens. Even though leafy vegetables—lettuces, spinach, cabbage, and more—are generally the soul of salads served in most American restaurants, the greens are often overshadowed by other ingredients—notably toppings and dressings—that serve to entice consumers. After all, salads...
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.
Mimi’s Cafe is trying its hand at limited service with the French Revolution rei
Not long after it announced its French Revolution brand reimage program, casual-dining chain Mimi’s Cafe thinks it’s found the key ingredient to brand expansion.The new store-within-a-store concept—where guests can opt for a grab-and-go experience, a French bakery with gourmet coff
Fast food restaurant brands trace food source to protect quality and safety.
Technological advances have influenced the restaurant industry in obvious ways, including through virtual reservations, online reviews, and increased customer interaction through social media.
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
Top fast casual chains offer lessons to startup premium restaurant brands like Num Pang.
I don’t make it to the movies much anymore.
QSR chains explore new real estate site selection strategies to maximize business exposure.
In recent years, many limited-service brands have re-evaluated their ideas regarding new restaurant locations.