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Fresh off an infusion of venture capital in April, Cava Grill received $45 million in funding from equity investor Invus, existing partner Swan & Legend Ventures, and new partner Revolution Growth. The Washington, D.C.–based fast casual plans to use the influx to fuel its expansion of stores...
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Last week, a group of consumer, health, and environmental groups released an antibiotic policy scorecard grading 25 of the largest limited-service brands. The only brands to "pass," according to the report, were Chipotle and Panera with As; Chick-fil-A with a B; and McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts...
Legendary QSR restaurant leader Fred Deluca died after battle with leukemia
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Fred DeLuca, the legendary founder of Subway and visionary for the franchise business model, died last Monday at the age of 67 after a battle with leukemia. DeLuca founded Subway when he was only 17 years old and built it into the biggest restaurant company in the world by number of locations....
QSR brands change price strategy to account for higher costs in restaurant industry.
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Quickly rising labor costs are a major concern for quick-service operators these days as initiatives to accelerate minimum wage increases dominate the news. Since 2014, many states and municipalities have announced hikes, and New York City has even targeted the fast-food industry for mandatory...
Chicago area Subway franchise partners support kids educational program.
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The world’s largest sandwich brand might emphasize fresh, healthy meals, but Subway is also touting the ABCs of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Through its partnership with the Chicago-based television series “Moochie Kalala Detectives Club,” Subway franchisees are helping...
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When McDonald’s declined to accept Burger King’s offer to team up to produce a special hamburger to celebrate Peace Day—the McWhopper, as Burger King proposed it—others rushed in. And on Monday, five brands will honor the day for peace with a collaboration burger at a pop-up restaurant in Atlanta....
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Krispy Kreme has celebrated “Talk Like a Pirate” Day (September 19) since 2012. The North Carolina–based chain is once again bringing back its special promotion in which customers receive free doughnuts for donning pirate regalia; guests who speak like a pirate get one free doughnut and those who...
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Tim Hortons might be best known for its coffee and breakfast fare, but it is challenging that perception with a new lineup of lunch sandwiches. For years the Canadian brand has been tinkering away at its breakfast program with inventive LTOs (Nutella-infused pastries, Apple Fritter Timbits) and a...
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
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
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.
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
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.