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FRANCHISEGRADE.COM 2016 QSR REPORT $50.1 BILLION INVESTED In QSR SECTOR SINCE 2010

The QSR franchise sector remains the most dominent component of the franchise industry

Can a Faster, More Upscale Pizza Hut Stop the Hemorrhaging?

Americans are buying pizzas like never before, but unfortunately, Yum Brands' Pizza Hut "is getting a shrinking slice of the pie." Its competitors Domino's, Papa Murphy's and Papa John's have been hungrily nibbling at its sales from two angles – mainly mobile and some fast-casual.

FRANCHISEGRADE.COM® PUBLISHES 2016 QSR Franchise Sector Report.

 Thirty Four Percent of all Franchise Outlets Reside in the QSR Sector.

Consumer Groups Hit McDonald’s with EU Antitrust Complaint

OAKBROOK, Illinois - A coalition of Italian consumer organizations, supported by the Service Employees International Union and European trade unions, announced yesterday it has lodged a formal antitrust complaint with the European Commission, alleging McDonald's abuses its dominant fast-food market position on the continent, distorting competition and harming both franchisees and consumers.

Jamba Forced to Downsize Credit, Uses Franchisee Ad Funds as Collateral

Jamba Juice Kaneohe, Oahu, HIEMERYVILLE, Calif.—On the last day of 2015, smoothie chain Jamba Inc. (NASDAQ:JMBA) announced it had filed a Form 8-K with the Securities & Exchange Commission, reporting that Wells Fargo has reduced the franchisor's revolving line of credit from $15 million down to $10 million.

Wendy’s CEO to Retire

Passing the leadership baton
Passing the baton; photo by TableAtny

DUBLIN, Ohio—The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ:WEN) announced that its president and chief executive officer Emil Brolick, age 67, will retire from management duties in May 2016. In accordance with the company's succession plan, Brolick will be succeeded by current chief financial officer Todd Penegor, age 50.

Publicly Traded Restaurant Franchisors Live on Same-Store Sales but Franchisees Live on Store Free Cash Flow

The difficult nature of the restaurant franchise business life is about to hit again: Wendy's has rolled out a $4 combo meal of small bacon burger, 4 chicken nuggets, a drink and french fries.

Jamba Juice CEO White to Leave

James D. White. Photo:Jamba

EMERYVILLE, Calif.—Juice store franchisor Jamba Inc. (NASDAQ:JMBA) announced Thursday that 54-year-old James D. White, who is the company's chairman, CEO and president, will be leaving the company.

Taco Bell Tests Fast Casual

New Taco Bell Cantina restaurant in Wicker Park, Chicago, Illinois.

IRVINE, Calif.—Taco Bell is testing the waters of fast casual with a prototype it calls Taco Bell Cantina. The new concept will open in Chicago on September 22 and another will open in San Francisco this month. The open kitchen concept will serve alcohol, not have a drive-thru and aims to push digital technology in the ordering process.

Subway CEO DeLuca Dies of Cancer

Fred DeLuca
Fred DeLuca in 2011 in a Subway shop. Photo:mynewsdesk, Wikipedia

MILFORD, Conn.—Subway announced this morning that its founder, Frederick A. DeLuca, passed away last night. "Fred DeLuca, Subway co-founder and CEO, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family," wrote company spokesperson Michelle DiNello in a notice this morning to the many franchisees in the chain, Subway employees and vendors.