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Has Chick-fil-A Unveiled the Drive-Thru of the Future?

Chick-fil-A is testing an express drive-thru lane to speed up mobile order pick-up. The company calls its Express Drive-Thru model a “game changer” that will streamline the experience for its nearly 50 million mobile app …

FI Fast Break audio news: June 29, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine inflation’s impact on small-business owners, and how much 4th of July cookouts could cost this year. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast …

FI Fast Break audio news: June 22, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine the prospects of a looming recession, rising gas prices, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – June 22, …

FI Fast Break audio news: June 15, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine the growth of the specialty food market, and Coca-Cola’s unique new cocktail in a can. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break …

Can Subway Reset as Competition Gains Steam?

Just months after revamping its menu and tapping new pitchmen, Subway is making more bold moves, as competing sandwich chains like Firehouse Subs, Jimmy John’s, and Jersey Mike’s gain market share. The world’s largest sandwich …

Dangerous ‘Forever Chemicals’ Seeping into Food Supply

For years, farmers looking for less expensive fertilizer turned to treated sewage sludge. Now, however, there’s evidence the sludge may have contaminated as many as 20 million acres with so-called forever chemicals – per- and …

FI Fast Break audio news: May 25, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine Mexican cuisine’s popularity growth and Arby’s bold menu addition. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – May 25, 2022 The …

FI Fast Break audio news: May 18, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine the struggles of many ghost kitchens and update the baby formula shortage. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – May …

Analysis: How Papa Johns is Accelerating Growth

Pizza chain Papa Johns has mounted a charge during the pandemic, leading to plans to open as many as 1,800 new locations worldwide by 2025. “Our outlook for developing new stores and introducing more customers …

Vietnamese Restaurants See Opportunity at the Drive-Thru Window

Vietnamese restaurants see potential in the fast-food category. Many American cities, such as Philadelphia, Washington and San Jose, California, are experiencing a surge of new Vietnamese restaurants, reported The New York Times (April 26). And Vietnamese restaurateurs are hoping to …

How Restaurants Can Retain Price-Conscious Consumers

A recent survey of middle-income households shows 57% anticipate buying fewer takeout and dine-in meals, reported Restaurant Business (April 20). At the same time, restaurants are struggling to keep prices in check. With these factors in …

Why Restaurants are Venturing into the Metaverse

Restaurant chains are entering the great unknown, taking bold leaps into the “metaverse.” It’s the latest endeavor by fast-food brands to reach potential customers where they’re at. The Food Institute investigated exactly how the strategy …

Projecting the Plant-Based Future

Plant-based meats are about to become much more mainstream – Christina Russo is convinced of it. As alt-meats have found their way onto the menus of fast-food chains like Burger King, McDonald’s and KFC, plant-based ...

FI Fast Break audio news: March 9, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine restaurant chains’ recent appeal to video gamers, increasing support for U.S. agriculture, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News …

FI Fast Break audio news: Feb. 23, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we update the ongoing bird flu outbreak, the restaurant industry’s recovery, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Feb. 23, …

FI Fast Break audio news: Feb. 16, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine America’s bird flu outbreak, inflation, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Feb. 16, 2022 The FI Fast …

FI Fast Break audio news: Feb. 9, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine Walmart’s online grocery growth, the popularity of Veganuary, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Feb. 9, 2022 …

FI Fast Break audio news: Feb. 2, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine the restaurant industry’s outlook for 2022, labor shortage strategies, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Feb. 2, …

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How Will Fast-Food Value Deals Look Different This Year?

Fast-food value deals are back, but they’re not quite the same as before. Over the past several weeks, brands such as McDonald’s have returned to value messaging for the first time in several years, noted …

FI Fast Break audio news: Jan. 26, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine Coca-Cola’s experiment with alcohol, Walmart’s investment in indoor farming, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Jan. 26, …

FI Fast Break audio news: Jan. 19, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine the evolution of convenience stores, and provide an update on port backlogs. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Jan. …

FI Fast Break audio news: Jan. 12, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine projected food-cost increases, businesses’ “boomerang” employee issue, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Jan. 12, 2022 The …

What is the Net Value of Restaurant Subscription Services?

More quick service restaurants (QSRs) are rolling out subscription services in the new year to leverage the pandemic pivot towards mobile ordering and remain top of mind with consumers. Throughout the month of January, Sweetgreen …

FI Fast Break audio news: Jan. 5, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine the flexitarian movement, the rise of convenience stores, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Jan. 5, 2022 …

FI Fast Break audio news: Dec. 28, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine the future of trade shows, the prospects for plant-based cheese, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Dec. …

Plant-Based Alternatives Push Further into Fast-Food

Plant-based offerings continue to expand across restaurant menus, as major players like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat broaden their partnerships with fast-food chains. McDonald’s recently announced plans for a major U.S. expansion of its plant-based …

FI Fast Break audio news: Dec. 22, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we break down predictions for food inflation and multiple labor disputes. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Dec. 22, 2021 The …

Is the Fast-Food Industry Ripe for Unionization?

Multiple Starbucks locations have examined unionizing of late, which begs the question: Is this a harbinger of things to come in the fast-food industry? Fast-food workers have pushed for a $15 minimum wage, and the …

Restaurants Slim Down Menus and Target Innovation Ahead of 2022

As another challenging year for the restaurant industry winds down, operators continue to push back on the permeating impacts of COVID-19. All the while, innovative prospects glimmer on the horizon. Reduced Menus Increased food costs …