More consumers seeking out restaurants for beverage offerings

Specialty beverages – from coffees to teas to craft beers – have been on an upswing in the restaurant industry for the past few years and more consumers are now seeking them out. According to new research from Technomic, 21...

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Menu trends: Consumers demanding ‘foods with benefits’

A menu analyst says the most creative foodservice in the world is being done on college campuses, and that idea generation should start there.

Krispy Kreme's strategy includes becoming a beverage destination

The company plans to test a loyalty program by the end of this year.

How to survive the protein craze

Cutting costs by creating limited time offers or new menu items that scale down the serving of animal protein could be interesting to test with consumers.

What are Any’tizers, Tanglers, Frisnacks or Wrappetizers?

Restaurants can sell snacks at premium profit margins and can be more exciting for guests than the traditional core menu.

A thing for wings

From QSRs to sports bars, wings are on menus everywhere. Why?

Arby's redefines target audience after year-long review

The chain has ramped up the number of new products in test four-fold in the past four years.

How QSRs and fast casuals are fighting for market share

The QSR segment satisfies customers based on speed and accuracy, and the food is cheap and easy to consume on the go.

Breakfast, beverage competition gets a grip on Dunkin’s sales

The quarter marked Dunkin’ Donuts’ highest afternoon guest count on record, and weekly sales in June reached the highest volume.

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.

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US Foods rolls out fall products

US Foods is rolling out several new product lines for fall, plus a new game app for diners.

Cinnabon piloting snack-based concept

Cinnabon is reportedly opening a new store in Houston this month called the Bon Bake Shop. According to the Franchise Herald, the Bon Bake Shop features small menu items (compared to typical Cinnabon offerings) and new flavors, such as Oreo icing and brownie batter. The pilot is located at Houston’s Willowbrook Mall.

Taco John’s promos breakfast with giveaway offer

Taco John's is hoping to attract new guests through a free breakfast burrito giveaway on Sept. 18.

Honey Dew Donuts introduces breakfast burger

Honey Dew Donuts has introduced the Country Breakfast Burger to its menu. Now available in each Honey Dew location, the beef burger is topped with a fried egg and melted cheddar cheese, served on a cheddar biscuit. Honey Dew is offering a promotion to celebrate the launch.

Millennials willing to pay more for better, more customizable food

The younger generation considers QSRs to be 'dollar food.'

Culver’s shifts spotlight to antibiotic-free chicken lineup

Culver’s has released a new TV spot highlighting its antibiotic-free chicken offerings.

McDonald’s expands test of build-your-own concept

McDonald’s test of build-your-own burger concepts has expanded from two restaurants in Orange County, California, to four total restaurants in Southern California.

McDonald's hosting two-week free coffee giveaway

McDonald's today announced that its second national free coffee event will be held from Sept. 16 through Sept.

Good Times plans new flavors for boneless wing launch

Good Times Restaurants Inc. announced its 11th consecutive month of two-year same-store increases over 20 percent.

Quiznos rolling out ciabatta sandwiches

Quiznos announced it is adding Ciabatta Toasties to its menu, available for $3.99 nationwide. The Ciabatta Toasties are available in three varieties: Honey Dijon Ham features ham, Swiss cheese, tomatoes, onions and lettuce, topped with spices and honey mustard dressing....

Taco Bell testing a taco biscuit for breakfast menu

Taco Bell announced today it is testing new offerings for its fledgling breakfast menu.

Restaurant operators invited to enter original recipe contest

Reser’s Fine Foods Foodservice Division is inviting restaurant operators nationwide to enter an original recipe using a Reser’s product.

Taco John's intros Mexican Donut Bites

Taco John's has added Mexican Donut Bites to the menu, per the request of its customers.

Del Taco adds three made-to-order bowls to menu

Del Taco has added three new Fresca Bowls to the menu.

Dairy Queen spotlights apple and pumpkin pie flavors

Dairy Queen has introduced the new Apple Pie Blizzard Treat as its September Blizzard of the Month, as well as the return of the Pumpkin Pie Blizzard Treat.

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