At 50, Chick-fil-A’s signature sandwich endures changing trends


Chick-fil-A’s VP of Product Strategy and Development said the chain's new grilled platform could be a game changer for QSR.


Chick-fil-A's new grilled menu inspired by urban millennials

The chain has invested $50 million to develop the new recipes and proprietary grill technology.

KFC's fast casual concept not expected to cannibalize original brand

KFC eleven aims to create a food culture that provides more choices and flavors, according to its director of Development.

Popeyes continues to gain market share in QSR space

The chain turned in a 6.8 percent increase in same-store sales during Q3.

Popeyes' executives outline path to continued success

Analyst Day examines company's five-pillar approach behind a "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" theme.

Popeyes sales growth outpacing QSR category by 3 percent

Company expects approximately one-third of its domestic system to be reimaged by the end of the year.

Different approaches taken to navigate rising food costs

Fast casuals have relied on menu price increases, while QSRs shift focus to value proposition.

Menu, marketing overhauls boost Burger King profits

Second quarter yields positive sales, international momentum.

McDonald's focusing on value in slowing global economy

Breakfast and beverage platforms continue to gain momentum.

Chick-fil-A responds to 'anti gay' Facebook criticism

Brand's Facebook page dominated by this conversation.

QSR culinary trends of 2012 (so far)

Segment focuses on bite-sized items, frozen beverages, spicier flavor profiles.

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