Quizno’s Enters the International Market

Quizinos fast food sandwich restaurant with a great selection of sandwiches, subs, wraps, salads, flatbreads, and soups has entered the market in Russia. The international chain will spend about $4 million developing a network that will open stores in Russia. The first store will be opened in St. Petersburg, Russia at the end of the year. The locations is uncertain but the store or restaruant will be 1,500 sq. ft. with room for 30 to 60 seats. If the format and menu is successful it will pave the way for a store in Moscow.

QSR Russia Ltd an international organizaiton founded by American businessmen became the prime franchisse to the chain in 2011. The chain has over 4,500 restarants in the US and 25 in foreign countries. Each restaurant in Russia will cost about $200,000 to open. An individual restaurant usually employs about three to ten people. Most products used to make the food and cook will be from local vendors. In 2013, Quiznos franchises will start selling in Russia. In St. Petersburg Western fast food is popular and Quizno’s has healthy and delicious food so this will propel sales.

Papa Murphy’s Ranked Number One By Consumers

Pizza lovers know their pizzas. For people with a passion for pizza, there is nothing better than a hot and fresh, “homemade” pizza, loaded with the toppings of your choice. Papa Murphy’s franchises, the country’s fifth largest pizza chain has devised the perfect plan for consumers to have the experience of smelling a pizza cooking in their kitchen. The pizza is freshly made to your order then taken home and baked so you can have a fresh, homemade pizza that is piping hot straight out of your oven.

According to the “Consumer Picks” survey which compared the results from more than 5000 pizza consumers, Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza ranked as #1 in nine out of 10 different attributes surveyed and is 12.8 points ahead of their competitor. Papa Murphy’s found its way into the #2 slot in a survey that included 98 Limited Service Restaurants (fast food chains), out-ranking several other non-pizza companies, including major burger or sub “fast food” chains Companies were rated on various attributes such as food quality, cleanliness, likely to return, likely to recommend, crave ability, atmosphere, service, value and menu variety.

Consumers know pizza, fortunately for pizza lovers Ken Calwell’s quote; “We are passionate about creating food people love” has been proven by providing consumers with fresh, bake at home pizza that is ranked as #1 for food quality.

Frozen Yogurt Franchises Booming

A recent trend in frozen yogurt franchises is sweeping the country with tasty treats people are craving that also taste great. The health-conscious consumer is happy to sample the good tasting creations found in franchises like the following.

16 Handles Frozen Yogurt

Creative expression is the goal when consumers come to 16 Handles Frozen Yogurt. Well-known and growing in New York and around the country, the company focuses on designer-quality goodness. The typical startup costs start at $450,000 and the royalties sit at six percent. More so, the company structures its locations around building strong units, not necessarily the most units in the industry.

32 Degrees A Yogurt Bar

This organization specializes in providing the freshest toppings to consumers, including daily hand cut fruits, seasonal favorites, 40 candies, nuts and sauces and more. The investment range starts at $40,000 for franchises. It also specializes in providing customers with diet yogurt options, which are ideal for those who are dieting. A yogurt wall with between 12 and 16 flavor options greets customers and then there’s the topping bar with more than 50 topping choices (of over 150 options.)

Cultive Frozen Yogurt

Cultive Frozen Yogurt has a simple concept that works. Its goal is to provide consumers with a guilt-free indulgence in a modern environment. With an investment range starting at $9500, this California-based startup organization opened its doors in 2007. It attracts investors with its low investment for startup.

Frozen yogurt franchises continue to be one of the most lucrative opportunities countrywide.

Healthy Restaurant Franchise Opportunities

It’s been all over the news. A number of restaurants are being criticized for their unhealthy menu options. These are foods that are high in calories, fat and carbohydrates. It makes it harder for people to get good food on the run, which leads to an overall dissatisfaction in restaurants. The newest trend in restaurant franchises is those that have healthier options. Restaurateurs are looking to meet the demands of what the public wants, including good food that is actually healthy to consume.

Some of the top selling franchises right now feature healthy foods as opposed to foods that are dropped in a deep fryer. Quiznos franchise is a sub shop that features toasted subs. On their menu, they also feature salads and soups. It can all be provided on-the-go, which allows people to get in and out fast while still getting a healthy meal. Blimpie’s Subs is another sub franchise that is doing well. They focus on fresh ingredients, making it easier for people to get their daily helping of vegetables on a delicious sandwich. The franchise is affordable to start-up and it offers something healthy and unique for people looking for a quick lunch or dinner solution. Egg & I Restaurants is a sit-down franchise that focuses on the importance of a good, home-cooked meal using fresh ingredients. The restaurant concept features a breakfast and lunch menu consisting of healthy food options. The franchise itself is based out of Colorado and is growing very quickly around the country. Healthy food restaurant concepts are quickly becoming the rage with franchisees. When the public demands healthy, it’s the franchises that are able to deliver above and beyond the corporate chains.

Papa Murphy’s New Mobile Marketing Venture

Starting in 2010, Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N Bake Pizza has been working with Phizzle, a mobile marketing provider, to give its customers the option to enroll in a mobile marketing program that will allow them to receive information and special promotions via text message. Using specialized advertisement campaigns and customized in-store signage, Papa Murphy’s has provided instructions on how to opt into this program via text message, allowing the customer to choose whether or not he or she wants to receive mobile information regarding the company.

Papa Murphy’s has recently expanded its partnership with Phizzle, making this mobile marketing program available in over 26 states at close to 550 of the restaurant’s franchised locations. So far, mobile marketing has been a success for the company’s participating stores. Since Papa Murphy’s started this program, over 100,000 customers have signed up through mobile campaigns and standard text message blasts to receive text message coupons and other promotions from their favorite locations. These participating locations have seen redemption rates of up to 18 percent from these mobile coupons and have also seen an increase in sales, since a good amount of customers upgrade their orders when coming for a free or discounted pizza.

Cities Banning Chick-Fil-A

Following remarks by Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy regarding his support for “traditional” heterosexual marriage, officials from three major U.S. cities have spoken out against the George-based fried chicken fast food chain.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee tweeted, "Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer."

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino also promised to derail any efforts by Chick-fil-A to move into their respective cities. “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston,” Menino said. “You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population.

Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who supports gay marriage, decried his fellow mayors, saying it is not within their purview to "look at somebody’s political views and decide whether or not they can live in the city, or operate a business in the city, or work for somebody in the city."

Many have debated whether it is possible to keep a business from locating in a municipality. However, the City of San Francisco could block any attempt by Chick-fil-A to locate there by denying a required conditional use permit.

On the other side of the issue, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee organized a "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" for Aug. 1. On Facebook, Huckabee wrote, "The goal is simple: Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1.”

Sen. Rick Santorum and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin also showed support for the chain by dining there with family.