Most Recent Blog Posts

Oprah gets second billing?

Mar 21, 2014
Will Starbucks' new Teavana Oprah Chai Tea blend inspire more celebrity-branded menu items?...

Waging a different debate

Mar 21, 2014
In the clash between lawmakers, restaurateurs and protesters, a tiered minimum wage warrants investigation...

Insights about the success of powerful industry execs

Feb 10, 2014
What futurist Daniel Burrus and Starbucks' Howard Schultz and Chipotle's Steve Ells have in common. Hint: ideas about how to spin commodity straw...

Arby's deft punking at the Grammys

Jan 27, 2014
Arby's didn't just "get lucky" with its sharp tweet during Grammys broadcast...

Answers out of reach?

Jan 10, 2014
Does pulling marketing dollars from TV make sense for Red Lobster, Olive Garden?...

The quantified selfie

Jan 03, 2014
Selfies aren't just for smart-phone-obsessed Millennials. Restaurants leverage them for effective marketing....

The numbers behind Yum! Brands' newly combined U.S. and international divisions

Jan 02, 2014
Apart from the stated strategic pluses, Yum's combination of international and U.S. divisions may yield public relations advantages, as well....

Fast-casual 800 Degrees is coming to pizza capital

Dec 04, 2013
Fast-casual pizza chain based in Los Angeles to make jump to New York...

BK's Big King is not the A-bomb

Nov 27, 2013
Burger King might go after McDonald's sandwiches, but other menus have real game changers...

Giving Thanksgiving home cooks a break

Nov 26, 2013
Pizza Hut offers Thanksgiving Eve cooks relief via social media....

Chili's surpasses $50 million goal in fund-raising

Oct 25, 2013
Chili's passes $50 million fund-raising goal for St. Jude two years earlier than hoped....

Bread Zeppelin elevates innovation

Sep 25, 2013
Bread Zeppelin offers bright idea of custom chopped salads in hand-held hollowed-out baguettes....

What they didn't tell you about McDonald's' mobile payments trials

Sep 23, 2013
A wireless carrier backed virtual wallet is one of the mobile payments technologies being tried on for size by McDonald's....

Slater's 50/50 promotes kangaroo burger for September

Sep 09, 2013
Slater's 50/50 better burger chain features kangaroo meat option during September...

OpenTable opening doors for Facebook users

Sep 04, 2013
Facebook will let its mobile users book restaurant tables directly from brands' pages through OpenTable integration...
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