McDonald's is who's on first, Starbucks runs to second, Technomic report says

Starbucks surpassed Subway to become the No. 2 restaurant chain in U.S. sales with McDonald's coming in second, according to USA Today's article on Technomic's "2015 Top 500 Chain Report."

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5 for 5: McDonald's, desserts, technology among trending articles

The top five articles trending on QSRWeb range from McDonald's to dessert trends to technology.

Marco's COO predicts real estate pressure, higher prices for restaurants this year

Technomic research recently predicted that the $680 billion restaurant industry will see three percent growth in 2015. What else can industry leaders expect in 2015?

Limited-time offer, long-time benefits

Seasonal flavors are more popular than ever: Tehnomic reports that two-thirds of consumers said they’d be likely to order limited-time-offer foods that match flavors from the specific time of year

How QSRs are hitting on the customization trend

Forty percent of consumers consider menu variety to be extremely or very important to them when choosing a QSR, almost regardless of their age, gender, income or other factors.

Building genuine customer engagement in an Instagram world

Instead of exhausting yourself trying to change customer behavior, take the necessary steps to minimize the distractions cell phones can present.

How to fight rising food costs before they hurt your business

Shop around for food networks or buying groups, which offer better collective buying power.

What to consider when implementing a restaurant kiosk

A majority -- 88 percent -- of restaurant patrons indicate a preference for self-service technology at their table, while 12 percent indicated a preference for a kiosk upon arrival.

Executive round table: Quick-service industry leaders make their 2015 predictions

Localization, transparency and a healthy/indulgent spectrum are expected to accelerate in '15, as are mobile ordering and catering.

Is your restaurant green?

Even though going green may cost more than conventional items, consumers are willing to pay more for the opportunity; for them it is not an indulgence but a necessity.

QSRs shift models to 'go where the consumers are'

Mobile initiatives, bigger marketing budgets, franchising growth and unprecedented headwinds grabbed headlines this year for the QSR segment.

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Bigger not always better, Technomic study says

Technomic released results regarding the 500 largest restaurant chains in the United States, which found that the restaurants accelerated their cumulative sales to a 4 percent increase growth in 2014, totaling an estimated $274.4 billion.

Managing customers online, tracking ROI among top concerns for restaurateurs

LivingSocial has released its "Restaurants Trends & Insights for 2015" report, which found that 68 percent of restaurateurs have limited marketing budgets and 49 percent of respondents have difficulty tracking ROI of marketing investments as their most significant marketing challenges.

KFC listed in top 100 best places to work in Vietnam

KFC, a division of Yum! Brands, has been named one of Vietnam's "100 Best Places to Work" by an annual survey by Nielsen, a global information and measurement company, and Anphabe, a career network in Vietnam

Temkin Group gives Chick-fil-A and Papa John's high marks

Chick-fil-A and Papa John's deliver the best customer experience in the fast food industry, according to the 2015 Temkin Experience Ratings.

Foodservice jobs to increase 3.4% in 2015, outpacing total US job growth, NRA says

The National Restaurant Association's Chief Economist Bruce Grindy revealed his thoughts on the latest employment trends in a statement: "Despite the challenging winter weather conditions in parts of the country, restaurants continued to add jobs at a robust pace in...

Eating out is now 'a function of our daily lives,' study reveals

Technomic's New Consumer4Sight Group gathered data from 81,870 consumer foodservice occasions over one year to take a look at the 2015 landscape.

McDonald's reports global comparable sales for February

McDonald's Corporation today announced that global comparable sales decreased 1.7% in February.

Restaurants expand payrolls despite winter storms

The National Restaurant Association's Chief Economist Bruce Grindy breaks down the latest employment trends.

New study forecasts 9.2 percent growth in fast food and home delivery market in UK

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Fast-Food & Home-Delivery Outlets Market Report 2015" study to its inventory.

Chick-fil-A, Papa Murphy's, Chipotle voted favorites in QSR study

Louisville, Colorado-based customer intelligence solutions provider Market Force Information released the results on its latest study on consumer's favorite quick-service restaurant chains. The study includes four food categories: pizza, Mexican fare, chicken and sandwiches.

Sonic reports second fiscal quarter growth

Sonic announced that system-wide same-store sales for its second fiscal quarter have increased.

Restaurant Performance Index remained elevated in January

The RPI – a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry – stood at 102.7 in January, which represented the fourth consecutive month above the level of 102.

Hot, spicy and smoked make up half of all socially shared flavors

The National Pork Board in partnership with Crimson Hexagon analyzed more than 30 million Facebook, Instagram and Twitter food posts with Crimson Hexagon's ForSight Tool to discover what makes up an American meal.

Researchers predict alternative proteins will make up one-third of market by 2054

Plant proteins, insects, algae, and synthetic biology sources may make up over 50 percent of the alternative protein market by 2054.

Nevada, Hawaii, Florida boast highest percentage of restaurant workers

States whose restaurant workforces represent the largest proportions of their overall employment include Nevada, with 16 percent; Hawaii, with 14 percent and Florida, with 12 percent. Nationally, the percentage is at about 10 percent.

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