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The QSR Industry Will Face Major Challenges in the Coming Year

Posted by Alan Riney

Aug 8, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Despite a surge in breakfast traffic, the QSR industry is facing flat sales, and some new challenges in the coming year could spell more difficulty. From the growing demand for meal delivery services and food delivery to an overly saturated market and even the difficulties surrounding customers increased demands for sustainability, there are some potential problems looming ahead for the industry.

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Topics: Food Service, QSR

5 Finishing Touches for Your New QSR Breakfast Menu

Posted by Jeff Cowles

Aug 5, 2016 11:30:00 AM

You’ve seen how well McDonald’s and Taco Bell are performing in the morning and noticed that breakfast is the only segment of the QSR industry that is seeing growth. How can you make the most of breakfast and stand out from competitors seeking to target the same customers? The finishing touches and little details that you offer morning customers can truly make a difference. From offering customization to ensuring that your customer leaves with the right order, here’s how finishing touches can make you stand out from the crowd.

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Topics: Food Service, QSR, Breakfast

QSR Must Fight Stigma to Capitalize on Millennial Eating Trends

Posted by Frank Barcelona

Aug 1, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Let’s take a moment for some honest reflection: Fast food faces a real challenge. Among Millennials, the industry suffers from an image problem. Young consumers have more than a few ugly assumptions about fast food. To put it simply, fast food isn’t really “in” with younger generations of American eaters.

A lot of Millennials, upon hearing the words “fast food,” will automatically jump to “burgers-and-fries.” They associate fast food with high-fat, high-calorie, uninspired meals. And to top things off, in many cases, fast food consumption brings with it the risk of being judged poorly by peers.

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Topics: Food Service, Trends, Millennial Consumers, QSR

How the QSR Industry Can Decide Which Consumer Trends to Follow

Posted by Craig Fissel

Jul 29, 2016 3:30:00 PM

From creative ways to showcase spam to fairy bread and sriracha sauce, food trends come and go; embracing the wrong trends can cost you.  Following trends can help you capitalize on popularity and offer items that are likely to be accepted by your target demographic — provided you choose trends that have some staying power.

Choose the wrong trend to follow and you could miss out in a variety of ways.

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Topics: Food Service, Trends, QSR

One Simple Test a QSR Breakfast Item Must Pass to Be Successful

Posted by Olga Bitsakis

Jul 25, 2016 12:00:00 PM


It may be an inconvenient truth for fast food chains, but no matter how appealing breakfast offerings may be, if they don't spell convenience to the customer, the resulting market share will be disappointing. In fact, this is one reason some chains are still resisting the move to add breakfast items to the menu.

If the food isn't portable enough, or if the location isn't well-suited to a "grab and go" clientele, the food is apt to languish on the shelf rather than being grabbed by the hungry crowd. And that adds little to the bottom line of any quick service restaurant.

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Topics: Food Service, QSR, Breakfast

4 Trends That Help QSR Capitalize on Breakfast Opportunities

Posted by Frank Barcelona

Jul 22, 2016 11:30:00 AM

It’s no secret that breakfast has been one of the fastest growing offerings in the QSR and convenience store industries; some segments are only seeing increases when it comes to breakfast sales and morning offerings. What’s driving this trend? Snackification, the appeal of a diverse menu of healthy, protein-rich offerings and an emphasis on convenience, as detailed below.

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Topics: Food Service, Trends, QSR, Breakfast

How QSR Can Survive the Competitive Breakfast Market

Posted by Jim Coughlin

Jul 18, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Long heralded as the most important meal of the day for individuals, breakfast plays an increasingly important role for the QSR industry, too. Daily breakfast is the only area where most QSRs have seen growth, and increased consumer demand equals great opportunities. Those opportunities come with an added dose of competition, as QSRs and chains compete to grab a share of this coveted market. How can a QSR survive the breakfast wars — or better yet, thrive in the AM? These tips will help you make the most of the growing consumer need for a quick, nutritious breakfast on the go.

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Topics: Food Service, QSR, Breakfast

Supply Chain Fundamentals QSR Must Master to Succeed at Breakfast

Posted by Chris Dixon

Jul 15, 2016 11:30:00 AM

It's 8am — or maybe even earlier. Your customers may be awake by the strictest definition of the word, but most of the time your drive-thru or counter service items are the real kick-start to their morning. With grogginess comes habit, and with habit comes a rare opportunity to forge a brand loyalty bond, one breakfast item at a time.

That's why QSR breakfast items have made some seriously impressive headway in the industry during the last year alone. Heavy hitters are making big changes: McDonald's has finally relented on their "after 10am" breakfast moratorium, and surprising early-morning contributions are popping up from the lunch-and-later players like Taco Bell. With competition old and new eyeing up your morning crowd and QSR industry challenges as prevalent as ever, what's the best way to remain competitive during breakfast hours?

There are three methods that are easy to implement, but offer an outsized positive impact.

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Topics: Food Service, Supply Chain, QSR, Breakfast

Why Breakfast Should Be the First Focus for the QSR Industry

Posted by Steve Shutte

Jul 11, 2016 2:00:00 PM

No matter how — or when — you eat breakfast, chances are it is no longer a sit-down meal prepared at home. At least, not all the time. Grab-and-go breakfasts are increasingly popular with busy Millennials headed to the office in the morning. However, they are also gaining favor as snack foods with young moms on the way home after running a carpool, with anyone who needs a comforting midday pick-me-up and with professionals who need a bit of protein on the way to a late afternoon appointment.

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Topics: Food Service, Trends, QSR, Breakfast

How to Break QSR Breakfast Out of the Box

Posted by Lance Layman

Jul 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Predicting consumer trends in food, particularly at the drive-through window, has always been a task perhaps better suited to a soothsayer than a nutritionist or a corporate analyst. That's no reason to negate or discount the findings of studies that track consumer preferences, however, or to ignore hot new trends. While breakfast bacon and egg sandwiches served on glazed doughnuts haven’t become mainstream favorites and a breakfast oat and bacon combo spiced with turmeric sounds delicious to almost nobody, there are numerous new foodie options that capitalize on trends and appeal to taste preferences at the same time. With planning, they can be rolled out on menus and be a healthy source of revenue as well.

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Topics: Food Service, Trends, QSR, Breakfast