Brian Niccol is chief executive at QSR Mexican leader Taco Bell.
Start to Finish: What Inspires Execs
I’ve always been a big fan of food. Before I was with Taco Bell and in the quick-serve industry, I had a boss who helped me get comfortable with the opportunity to challenge the “way it was done.” Rather, could something be designed differently or packaged differently? How can it be better or...
QSR leader McDonalds debuts new made to order burger building kiosk.
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McDonald’s has had a tough couple of years, with declining same-store sales and customer perception problems. But the company, led by new CEO Steve Easterbrook, might finally have some good news to hang its hat on: This week, McDonald’s enjoyed its highest stock price in nearly a year amid investor...
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Nothing says summer quite like lobster and corn on the cob. So says Adam Eskin, the founder and owner of Dig Inn, a New York City concept that serves up seasonal, farm-to-table fare. This month, Dig Inn collaborated with fellow fast casual Luke’s Lobster to bring lobster to the menu. Now through...
Progressive DC QSR pizza chain designs unique restaurants and menu items.
Emerging Concepts
Creativity runs wild at &pizza, and it starts with the name; the ampersand is trademarked and the brand is pronounced “and pizza.” In the stores, the creativity extends to the pizza—and then some. &pizza cofounder Michael Lastoria says he has a passion for building up new ideas from scratch...
QSR brands hiring new immigrant employees must legally protect jobs.
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In a country whose foreign-born population has eclipsed 13 percent of the total (some 41.3 million people), hiring immigrants has become as inevitable as it is important for quick-serve restaurant operators. And by keeping abreast of relevant laws, filing the right paperwork early and often, and...
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Under new ownership for just two years, Lenny’s Subs is getting a facelift both in terms of appearance and menu. In its home base of Memphis, Tennessee, one company-owned store has already been overhauled. The new color palette features cool grays, reds, and blues rather than muted beiges and taupe...
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With a background in entrepreneurship, technology, and brand design, Tim Young and Scott Drummond set out to bring together the best elements of the quick service and fast casual segments into one concept that symbolizes the essence of the healthy and sustainable zeitgeist. The new project, dubbed...
QSR better burger leader Culvers thrives on customer service and family environment.
Sitting along the winding Wisconsin River in southern Wisconsin, the town of Sauk City was originally the site of an ambitious Indian village, one that an 18th century visitor called “the largest and best built Indian town [he] ever saw.” “It contains about 90 houses, each large enough for several...
Biggest quick service restaurant brands build unit counts and system wide sales.
Read the ProfilesBrowse the Big ChartSee The ContendersSegmentsBurgerSandwichSnackMexicanPizza/PastaChickenAsianSeafood1.McDonald’sThere’s an age-old saying woven into kids’ vernacular, a commandment of sorts underlying playground activities the world over: “First is the wors
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 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 partner with equity firms to finance restaurant unit growth.
Equity relationships are intended to be mutually beneficial, with the brands and their private equity (PE) partners both contributing—and both reaping the rewards. But brands may not know what to expect from the partnership as it matures.
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 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.