Industry News | June 7, 2011

What's New at Quiznos? Pulled Pork

Quiznos, one of the nation’s premier quick-service restaurant chains and pioneer of the toasted sandwich, announced the launch of three new product innovations, including Quiznos’ Pulled Pork Subs, fresh Farmers’ Market Salads, and whole grain Flatbread Wraps.

The product lines are the latest signature tastes to come from former fine-dining chef and Quiznos SVP of Culinary Creation Zach Calkins’ “Innovation Kitchen.”

Quiznos and Calkins are known for closely examining dining trends and converting them to unique Quiznos quick-service recipes. Through Quiznos innovative process, Calkins identified the dining trend toward pulled pork sandwiches and optimized the concept for Quiznos menu. The Southern BBQ Pulled Pork and the Pork Cuban are the latest examples of how Quiznos delivers a depth of flavor from toasting layers of premium meats, cheeses, crunchy veggies, and custom sauces.

“Pulled pork has been rising in popularity recently and this trend represented an opportunity to further expand our chef-inspired menu offerings,” Calkins says. “My tasting trips to Chicago, San Francisco, and the American South served as culinary inspiration for Quiznos’ Pulled Pork Subs and elevated the standard for quick-service flavor and taste. We’ve been developing these flavors over the past four months, and they are definitely ready for prime time.”

In addition to the new Pulled Pork Subs, Quiznos is also introducing new whole grain Flatbread Wraps and fresh Farmers’ Market Salads to its menu. Customers can get any of Quiznos’ signature chef-inspired sub recipes in a healthy, fiber-rich whole grain wrap, toasted for a light meal. The Farmers’ Market salads bring the fresh and delicious tastes of summer farmers’ markets to customers nationwide.

“Our success at Quiznos has always come from listening to what our customers want and responding with our recipe-driven approach to menu innovation,” says Quiznos CEO Greg MacDonald. “With the addition of our whole grain Flatbread Wraps and new Farmers’ Market Salads, we have tastes and unique recipes that are on trend with what our customers are purchasing at fine-dining establishments, customized to deliver the value and quality for which Quiznos is known.”

The new Farmers’ Market Salads include the Harvest Chicken Salad, enhanced by pumpkin seeds and Acai Vinaigrette, and the Caprese Chicken Salad, featuring fresh mozzarella pearls marinated in Basil Pesto dressing. Both are available nationwide for a limited time only.

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If you're considering purchasing an existing Quiznos Franchise or have attended a Quiznos-sponsored Seminar in your city contact me at [email protected]I'm a 7-year Quiznos franchisee veteran who owns the highest sales store in Greater Milwaukee, number two store in Southeastern Wisconsin, and a top 5 store in the state. Prior to owning this location I spent 22 years developing commercial real estate and had the foresight to get out prior to the bubble bursting.Before you commit to any business venture you need to do your homework and know all the realities you're about to encounter.Sincerely,Scott Espeseth, OwnerQuiznos - New Berlin, Wisconsin

Stay as far away as possible from this corporation. they will clean your clock!!!!!!

Stay as far away as possible from this corporation. they will clean your clock!!!!!!

owner franchisee, a well negotiated lease, and more importantly a better negotiated franchise agreement, local marketing agreement, and necessary discount, operating and food cost controls franchisee success can be achieved given Quiznos' great tasting menu offerings.

Scott. I'm guessing your trying to sell your store. Unfortunately "doing your homework" doesn't take long with quiznos. With well over 75% of your fellow franchisee's operating below break even I am concerned with your attempt to mislead others. How do you explain to potential buyers the SBA failure rate? Former quiznos corp employees, of which there are many, report that the business model simply does not work and that corporate has known this for many many years. Happy that you appear to be doing well! How do you feel about the thousands....literally thousands...of destroyed families? Are you comfortable leading someone into the hell that is quiznos?....really?

Too bad you didn't have the foresight to stay away from Quiznos after your previous commercial real estate venture. You are in effect saying I got out of a burning house before it was engulfed with flames and ran into another house that was fully engulfed with flames.Why don't you post your return on investment? Being the highest volume store means very little with the current business model.

Too bad you didn't have the foresight to stay away from Quiznos after your previous commercial real estate venture. You are in effect saying I got out of a burning house before it was engulfed with flames and ran into another house that was fully engulfed with flames.Why don't you post your return on investment? Being the highest volume store means very little with the current business model.

Anonymous...I'm a business owner and if someone were to offer me a fair price for the business I'd be an idiot not to consider it so to answer your first question...of course.Unfortunately doing your homework on Quiznos means that you have to swim through an ocean of PAST bad news and the recession-culling that has taken place. Have we lost nearly 50% of our system...yes...has that had a negative effect on hundreds of lives...yes...are the remaining stores and their owners stronger now...YES...have we/I learned from that nightmare...YES...do I want to share what I've learned so that the value of the Brand, and consequently my investment, can begin to recover...ABSOLUTELY!!!I'm not disputing that the business model doesn't work right now. But I believe that it can again. And it's going to have to be at Quiznos' and the corporate owner's cost. They made their profits in 2004-2007 and if this brand is going to survive they will NEED to reinvest those past gains because franchise owners simply can't afford to take on that burden any longer. They've begun to do that with the recent "rebates" but all of us know they're going to have to do more than that.I've witnessed too many close friends and colleagues fail over the past 4 years simply because they didn't negotiate proper and fair protections into all of their business agreements. I'm not offering my experience because I want Quiznos to fail...ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!! If they fail, if this Brand fails, my life becomes more complicated and stressful. I'm offering my advice so that this brand can recover from its past...remember...we're still the second largest sub sandwich franchise in the WORLD by number of units AND sales!! There's STILL value in this brand!!!!

I'm not sure Scott's comments builds enthusiasm for the concept or the brand. Unfortunately Q doesn't have to change - it's a shell that is profitable because of the food it sells at inflated prices to franchisees. The flood of coupons over the last few years isn't designed to help franchisees by bringing in new customers but to sell as much food as possible whether it's profitable for franchisees or not. "Chef" Zach is a ham and egger who hasn't had a winner yet. The pulled pork is just another loser. Unless franchisees are able to create food and advertising co-ops the future of current franchisees is the same as it was for me when I was open; bankruptcy.

Unfortunately, The Q is in trouble. They are treading water in Denver, the end is coming, and they have not a clue. Corporate Denver seems disconnected with the profit margin of Quiznos unit. They continue to roll out products that are expensive and time consuming to prep for the franchisee. They have never addressed how to ease operations in the store. Also, extra costs, mandatory muzac contract, mandatory mop and mat rentals, mandatory payroll company... They can easily shave off extras and loosen up cash flow. Stores are not perfoming to any standards now. It's pretty simple, when franchisees are not making money, why would keep working hard at something that makes you stressed out and miserable at life. Oh, by the way, they are flat broke!

I hope and pray that this company goes under and we can possibly get some real honest professional leaders in there and save us all!

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