Villa Enterprises adds hibiscus, mango, pomegranate tea flavors

Villa Enterprises has added new flavored iced teas including hibiscus, mango and pomegranate at its restaurant concepts, Green Leaf’s and Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt, participating locations for a limited time. Also, Green Leaf’s & Bananas has kicked off a...

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Taco Bell breakfast generating up to $120K in incremental sales

In less than six months, the brand's breakfast business is above breakeven and is about 7 percent of the menu mix.

Holy jalapeno! How hot will menus get?

Sriracha, according to CCD Innovation, is in 2014 what chipotle was in 2009.

Taco Bell jumps on protein bandwagon with Power Cantina launch

The new menu, and the marketing strategy behind its launch, is geared toward the 18 to 34 age group.

Carvel celebrates the past with modern shoppe design

Digital menu boards have been added to draw more attention to the brand's signature treats.

Restaurants fire up promos for Fourth of July holiday

From menu rollouts to marketing campaigns, some concepts are in the spirit.

Consumer Reports: Low chain restaurant scores should be a ‘wake-up call’

Food quality now trumps location convenience for restaurant consumers.

Focus on order accuracy the top priority for Fiesta Restaurant Group

Pollo Tropical removed some items from the menu to be more efficient and user friendly.

Achieving freshness in QSR

The appearance is vital to 'fresh' branding, and provides an opportunity to tell your customer about your commitment.

Exploring the role of whole grains in the food industry

'If you can pronounce the ingredients, it's probably good for you,' said Cynthia Harriman, director at Oldways and The Whole Grain Council.

'Stealth health' menu approaches are on trend

Kids also want more healthful options from restaurants.

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TacoTime launches rebranding initiative

TacoTime has launched a rebranding initiative that includes store remodels, menu updates and the tagline, "Made Fresh Since 1960." According to a news release, more than 30 percent of the brand’s stores will be updated with a new color scheme...

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s add Texas BBQ Thickburger to menu

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s have introduced the Texas BBQ Thickburger, featuring smoked beef brisket piled on top of a Black Angus beef Thickburger patty. The burger also includes mesquite BBQ sauce, crispy jalapeno and onion strips and American cheese and...

Long John Silver's touts new menu items in latest ad campaign

Long John Silver’s new "America’s Fish Fry" advertising campaign will continue through the summer, inviting consumers to try seafood more through a series of special offers and new menu items. "The fish fry is a custom that nearly everyone has...

Taco Bell extends breakfast menu with grilled burritos

Taco Bell has expanded its breakfast menu – originally launched in March – with the introduction of new grilled breakfast burritos. The burrito varieties include sausage, bacon and Fiesta potato. They include scrambled eggs and the choice of sausage, bacon, breakfast potatoes, and are all topped with nacho cheese sauce and wrapped in a tortilla.

DaVinci Gourmet intros new smoothie mixes for foodservice operators

DaVinci Gourmet has introduced new smoothies made without artificial sweeteners, colors or preservatives. According to a news release, the smoothies include two servings of fruit per 8-ounce finished drink and are geared toward the foodservice industry. "With healthy eating on...

Coffee-flavored beer on tap at Tim Hortons’ new concept store

Tim Hortons has unveiled a new concept store, located in the Metro Toronto Convention Center. CP24.com got a peek at some of the store’s tests this week, alongside the company’s store owners and suppliers. According to the story, coffee-flavored beer,...

Krispy Kreme shows off its Southern hospitality with new items

Krispy Kreme has introduced two new Southern Summer Classics doughnuts, including carrot cake and banana pudding. The doughnuts are available now through Aug.

Quiznos offering summer value price on Classic Italian Sub

Quiznos’ signature Classic Italian sub is being sold for a summer promotional price of $2.99 all day, every day throughout July and August. "The Quiznos concept started in an Italian restaurant more than 30 years ago,” CMO Susan Lintonsmith said in a news release. "The Classic Italian sub was the first toasted sub that we debuted.

Ethnic cuisine expected to play a larger role in next five years

New research from IBISWorld takes a look at some of the trends emerging in the foodservice industry, and suggests where operators must adapt. According to the report, changing population demographics and more health-conscious consumers are driving these trends.

Krispy Kreme’s new CEO hints at broadening brand beyond doughnuts

Tony Thompson, Krispy Kreme’s newly-appointed CEO and former Papa John’s president, may be looking to grow the 77-year-old brand’s portfolio beyond its signature "hot now" doughnuts. In an interview with USA Today, Thompson said possibilities include savory lunch options, licensed...

Tim Hortons rolls out Greek Yogurt parfaits, smoothies

Tim Hortons locations in Canada are now selling Greek Yogurt Parfaits, including mixed berries and almond granola, as well as fruit smoothies made with Greek Yogurt. The new parfait can be made with vanilla or strawberry Greek yogurt, and includes...

Extreme Pita launches two new beverages

Extreme Pita announced the launch of two new beverages in restaurants at participating locations in Canada and the U.S. The beverages will be offered in one 12-ounce size and in two varieties for $2.49 or $1.99 when purchased with an entrée.

Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s spotlight healthier menus via new websites

Sister chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are known for products such as the Western X-Tra Bacon Cheeseburger, the Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich and Philly Cheesesteak Thickburgers.   But the brands have shifted the spotlight to focus on its lighter options through its “Other Side” menus.

Wienerschnitzel marks anniversary with 61-cent dogs

In honor of National Hot Dog Month and Wienerschnitzel’s 53rd anniversary, the company will offer 61-cent chili, mustard and Kraut dogs on July 20. The promotion is a nod to 1961, when Wienerschnitzel was founded in Wilmington, Calif. “National Hot...

Wendy’s pretzel bun offerings boomerang back to Canada

Wendy's pretzel bacon cheeseburger and pretzel pub chicken sandwiches have returned to its Canadian restaurants. The news comes a couple of weeks after Wendy’s announced the pretzel bun’s return to its U.S.

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