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Sales Shrink for Burger Chains

Culver's in the Midwest bucks slumping trend in a big way by growing chain sales 8% in 2013. Photo/bmm

CHICAGO – Restaurant researcher Technomic reports today that burger chains recorded nominal sales growth of only 1.2 percent, while limited-service burger segment sales actually contracted in 2013.

California Rules Forum Selection Clause in Limited License Agreement Enforceable


LOS ANGELES - Last October, a district court in the Central District of California ruled that a forum selection clause in a limited license agreement between Burger King Corporation and a franchise in California is enforceable, despite the prohibition on out-of-state forum selection clauses under the California Franchise Relations Act (CFRA).

Fighting Leukemia, Subway Co-Founder Fred DeLuca Mingles with Franchisees

Subway sandwich chain franchisees report that founder and president Fred DeLuca, who a year ago was diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia, is still engaged with franchise owners.

Jamba Franchisees’ Sales Decline in 2013

Jamba Juice at night
Jamba Juice neon sign. Photo by BMM

EMERYVILLE, Calif. – Jamba Inc. (NASDAQ:JMBA) reported on Thursday that its comparable sales for its five hundred franchised stores decreased 0.6 percent in 2013.

Midscale, QSR, Shrink while Fast Casual Booms

Traffic growth in 3 major segments of the restaurant industry
Chart: Blue MauMau; Data: NPD Group

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The average restaurant saw zero increase in traffic in 2013 and almost zero in the last five years. Restaurants have learned to squeeze a little more out of what they have.

Quiznos Teleconference Brings More Disappointment to Franchisees


DENVER - Quiznos’ system-wide teleconference call Thursday gave little encouragement to struggling franchisees at a time it was needed most.

Chick-fil-A Restaurant Adds Mouthwash

Mouthwash dispenser
Another mouthwash dispenser in a Colorado BBQ. Photo by Bill Selak

A Peoria, Arizona Chick-fil-A makes the news by adding mouthwash dispensers.

Fresh Prepared Foods at C-Stores Eat into QSR Business

Wawa's fresh baked rolls for its hoagies
C-store Wawa's freshly baked hoagies. Photo/Wawa website

CHICAGO – As more convenience stores provide a greater variety of ready-made foods, quick service restaurants are finding their customers out to lunch – at convenience stores that is.

Fast Casual Only Restaurant Sector to Grow Traffic

McAlister's Deli fast casual
Fast casual McAlister Deli. Photo/bmm

CHICAGO — Fast casual restaurants continue to be a bright spot for the foodservice industry, which has yet to fully recover from the Great Recession.

Is Quiznos Headed for Bankruptcy?

Photo from Quiznos website

DENVER – Sources close to Quiznos management operation tell Blue MauMau that the board of directors of owner Avenue Capital Group were at Denver headquarters yesterday trying to work out another restructuring deal for the troubled sub sandwich chain. They have been told that Quiznos is alleged to be down to a few million dollars of operating capital.