Papa John's, Quizno's, Wendy's cited among brands with poorest sustainability practices

As You Sow, a San Franciso-based nonprofit organization that promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility, released a new report, "Waste and Opportunity 2015: Environmental Progress and Challenges in Food, Beverage, and Consumer Goods Packaging."

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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.

Sugar and spice and everything breakfast: 2014 on the menu

Breakfast, beverage and retail categories accelerated this year, while operators embraced meaty offerings, despite record-high protein prices.

McDonald's plans to shrink menu, ingredient lists

McDonald's has moved from a division structure to a structure that empowers regions to execute their marketing and menu plans toward their specific demographics.

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NEWS


Original QSR architecture featured in Curbed LA

Fans of both architecture and QSRs can check enjoy both in article by Curbed Los Angeles.

Burger sales up, sandwich and chicken sales down in 2014

Diners ordered 9 billion serving of burgers in U.S. restaurants and foodservice outlets last year, three percent more than the year before. Meanwhile, sandwiches were down 2 percent and chicken dropped 9 percent.

NRA forecasts continued growth for restaurant industry in 2015

The National Restaurant Association is predicting sales growth of $709.2 billion and a 3.2 rise in employment for the restaurant industry in 2015.

Super Bowl viewers say they want healthier food options

More than half of survey respondents said they wanted healthier food served at their Super Bowl party.

Wendy's jumping on artisan cheese trend with new Bacon and Blue on Brioche burger

According to the National Restaurant Association's "What's Hot in 2015" list, artisan cheese is among the top food trends for 2015.

Restaurant sales up, retail sales down in December

The restaurant industry posted its eighth consecutive monthly increase and strongest volume ever in December, adding 43,600 jobs.

Hardee's pilots 30 self-order kiosks

At the National Retail Federation's Annual Convention & Expo on Monday in New York City, Microsoft Corp. and CKE Restaurants Inc., parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr., will unveil a self-order kiosk solution running on Windows 8 devices that enables Hardee's customers to customize and place their own orders.

Top stock pics for 2015 dominated by QSR, pizza, fast casual

Quick-service, fast casual and pizza brands dominated top picks in the 2015 Best Restaurant Stock Pick Competition hosted by ICR.

Technomic reveals which brands are tops with consumers

Technomic's Chain Restaurants Consumers' Choice Awards identifies which brands consumers think are the best in service, atmosphere, offerings, healthy options and more.

NRA study: Most employees proud to work in the restaurant industry

The study details the opinions of nearly 5,100 Americans who currently work or formerly worked in the industry, as well as those who own or operate restaurants.

Restaurant sales, traffic remain positive as year winds down

November marked the 21st consecutive month that the NRA's Restaurant Performance Index remained in positive territory.

Restaurants dominate Franchise 500 list

Forty-three QSRs made Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 rankings for 2015, along with 40 fast casual and 14 pizza concepts.

Strong forecast predicted for UK's QSR segment

Technomic has revealed its inaugural market mapping of the United Kingdom, which includes market size and segmentation data, as well as expectations for the foodservice industry by segment for 2015. According to a news release, overall improvement in the marketplace...

New study connects QSR meal frequency to lower test scores

New research published in Clinical Pediatrics connects quick-service meal consumption frequency with lower test score progress. According to a release from The Ohio State University, researchers measured how much students in fifth grade consumed fast food meals and followed their...

Chick-fil-A, Whataburger rank high for millennial loyalty

According to new research from YouGov, Jimmy John’s, Chipotle, Chick-Fil-A and Whataburger, have the highest current millennial customer loyalty among all major limited-service brands from throughout the past six months. According to a news release, the research looked at purchase...

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