In times of doubt, think outside the nutritional box

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If you are still on the fence about whether you should provide menu items that are allergen- and/or gluten-free, provide a dish as a limited-time-offer to see how well it sells.

FEATURES


Prognostication: 2015 menu trends

Beverages, micro-local, crowdsourcing and increased competition from nontraditional foodservice outlets are all expected to shape the restaurant landscape in 2015.

Think the QSR segment is in trouble? Consider Sonic

Sonic has dedicated a lot of resources to make sure it's ready for any launch, beginning a promotion before it goes to TV.

Will Apple Pay be good, bad or neutral for the restaurant industry?

Seth Priebatsch, LevelUp's Chief Ninja, prognosticates about the future of Apple's mobile payments platform as it applies to restaurant chains.

Panera, Chipotle set sustainability standards by starting small, thinking big

The biggest opportunities to save come with packaging and waste initiatives.

Industry trends: Consumers will spend more for transparency, authenticity, safety

Watch for menu trends at airport bars and lounges, Hollywood and convenience stores.

Fast-paced technology changes highlighted in annual Fast Casual State of the Industry report

Restaurant operators are paying their employees more now than they were last year.

Firehouse CEO: Restaurant industry dealing with unprecedented headwinds

Union activism, food costs, data breaches and minimum wage debates are just part of the 'external factors' facing restaurant operators.

Fast casual execs weigh successes and failures of QSR segment

The worst attribute about QSR, attendees agreed, is inconsistency – of quality, service, cleanliness, etc.

Tiny stores make me happy: Tracking revenue per square foot

Leading restaurant brands are growing their top line with off-premise sales while shrinking real estate costs – resulting in better revenue per square foot and profitability.

How to use technology to turn customers into loyalists

There is no longer a one-size-fits-all approach to marketing; technology is personalizing the customer experience.

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NEWS


Vast majority of millennials' restaurant visits are to traditional QSRs

Despite cutbacks in restaurant visits throughout the past several years, millennials, ages 18 to 34, continue to be heavy users of restaurants, according to new research from The NPD Group. Millennials made more than 14 billion visits to foodservice establishments...

Sonic launches permanent, customizable hand-crafted soda line

Sonic Drive-In today introduced its Splash Hand-Crafted Soda line, which the company calls "guilt-free, artisanal beverages." According to a news release, the Splash sodas are made to order and start with sparkling, filtered water. Infused layers of real fruit or...

Delivery startups targeting fast food crowd

The quick-service marketplace continues to get more crowded. A growing number of online food companies are popping up, particularly in the San Francisco area, and they’re calling themselves a "healthy replacement for fast food." Bloomberg Businessweek featured some of these companies recently, including Sprig Inc., Munchery Inc.

Dunkin' Donuts franchisees strategize beverage, breakfast position

More than 100 members of the Dunkin' Donuts Independent Franchisee Owners association met this week in Las Vegas to discuss how changes in the beverage and breakfast marketplace may impact their business. According to a news release, the DDIFO members,...

McDonald's transparency campaign grabs millennials' attention

McDonald's experienced brief quality perception and purchase consideration lifts with the millennial demographic following the introduction of its new transparency campaign. However, according to YouGov BrandIndex research, there has not been a similar improvement in quality perception with either mothers...

C-stores continue to elevate foodservice offerings in market share fight

The National Association of Convenience Stores' annual show concluded last week in Las Vegas with some sessions covering the continued elevation of foodservice offerings in the segment, threatening market share from traditional limited-service concepts. C-stores are pressured to evolve amid...

Midsized business owners cite government regulations as top concern

A new study by research group ADP Research Institute reveals a gap in confidence for midsized businesses when it comes to the US economy. The study found that while only 15 percent of midsized businesses are confident that the US...

Demand for breaded chicken sandwiches on the rise

An increasing number of consumers are requesting breaded chicken sandwiches, according to new research from The NPD Group. Servings of breaded chicken sandwiches have grown an average of 3 percent over the last four years, and in the year ending...

Sydney McDonald's tests customizable ordering kiosk

A Sydney McDonald's has piloted a touchscreen kiosk for guests to customize orders

Latest SpenDifference study to forecast 2015 restaurant menu prices

Participants will be entered in a drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card and will receive a complimentary copy of the findings.

International franchising accelerates for top brands

Franchise Times has published its annual Top 200 list and, once again this year, QSRs dominate the top 10. The top five franchises include McDonald’s, 7-Eleven, KFC, Subway and Burger King, respectively.

Restaurants shave 12% off new menu item calorie counts

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health documented an average decline of about 60 calories in new menu items in 2013, compared to 2012.

Heartland Payment Systems hosting CEO roundtable at Fast Casual Exec Summit

A quartet of C-suite executives from the fast casual segment will participate in a roundtable Oct. 14 in Denver as part of the annual Fast Casual Executive Summit.

Expert urges operators to plan 2015 purchasing now

A purchasing forecast should clearly define the components that drive commodity prices, including geopolitical events, weather, planted acres of farmland, crop yields and changes in the import/export market, among other factors.

Restaurants add 20,000+ jobs in September

The total number of new industry positions over the past year now stands at 289,600.

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