Restaurant

Restaurant Franchising – The Healthy Option

The restaurant industry has been facing difficult times recently, with the ravages of the declining economy having prompted price reductions in several ways: new items at lower prices, more small-plate and half-serving options, and more fixed-price offerings. Yet, amid such difficult times, it is the restaurant franchising businesses which are continuing to thrive. There has been a significant rise in popularity of the fast-casual healthy eating experience. Consumers are becoming more health conscious, but do not want to spend a fortune on eating out. Therefore, their primary criteria when choosing a place to eat are the quality of the food combined with value for money. They also take into consideration such factors as a great atmosphere, which is neither too formal nor too fussy, efficient friendly service and a varied menu.

The health food industry is increasing year on year and this is reflected in the fast-casual healthy concept, which is rapidly expanding throughout the country. These restaurant franchises serve nutritious yet tasty food including salads, organic steaks and burgers, risottos and soups. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, low fat or low carbohydrate meals will often be menu options. Drinks on offer may include vitamin-packed fruit smoothies, specialist coffees, detoxes and herbal teas. Skimmed, soya and rice milks may be offered as substitutes for full-fat cow’s milk.

Restaurant franchises specialising in healthy eating typically attract customers who are environmentally aware or concerned about animal welfare and who are looking for a healthy meal at an attractive price. Food is often organically sourced and/or locally produced, with many businesses using Fair Trade and free-range products where possible. Consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about the food they are eating. More people are presenting with food allergies or sensitivities and are demanding, for example, wheat-free or dairy-free alternatives. Many customers are also weight conscious and opt to eat at a restaurant franchise specialising in healthy fare because they know they will be able to enjoy a tasty meal, snack or drink that is low in calories but high on taste. Healthy menu choices, which are filling without being fattening, can include Italian flat-bread pizza with reduced fat cheese, grilled free-range chicken breast with organic spinach salad, vegetarian nut and mushroom risotto or a fresh basil and tomato soup with wheat-free bread.

With the rapid expansion of the healthy eating restaurant franchise sector, it is clear that many consumers are demanding a fast-casual eating experience that is healthier than the traditional greasy burger and fries or fat-laden pizza. Outlets range from a “kiosk” approach on major concourses, shopping malls, rail and bus stations, outdoor events etc, through to a full “cafe” environment. This restaurant franchise opportunity has enormous growth potential and is likely to continue growing in the foreseeable future.

QSRs – Quick Service Restaurants Under the Gun With New Health Care Rule Phase-Ins

It seems like everyone in the quick service restaurant, that is to say that fast food restaurant industry is complaining about the new health care rules. Consider if you will that the average McDonald’s restaurant has between 25 and 50 employees, and consider if you will that the average turnover is something like 70% per year. It hardly makes sense for a franchisee that runs several McDonald’s restaurants to sign up a new employee for the healthcare, if they’re only going to be there a very short time.

Many folks have their first job at McDonald’s, and some kids work after school hours while they’re in high school at McDonald’s – meanwhile they are already on their parent’s health care plan. Some college students work at McDonald’s, and work up towards management, but then school ends, and they go to get a high-paying job, or I should say one which is in their area of study, after all, they have to pay off those very expensive school loans, and the chances of them doing it on a McDonald’s salary are very little, unless they can get themselves worked into a manager’s position.

Nevertheless these new health care rules phase ins are going to be really tough on the quick service restaurant business, and we can expect that many of these quick service restaurants will start laying people off, or even closing their stores. If you’re worried about the number of unemployed in our country, we haven’t seen anything yet, because there are many industries like the fast food restaurant industry that will be severely hurt by the ObamaCare health care law.

McDonald’s Corporation is just one company that has asked for a waiver of Obama Care, and luckily they are headquartered in Illinois, so it makes it that much easier to deal with the Obama Administration, but consider if you will that there are 450,000 franchises in the United States, and most of them hire labor at the bottom of the food chain (no pun intended), if all of these businesses gets wavered, then it’s almost as if the Obama Care healthcare law solved no problems at all.

If they don’t get waivers, many of them will go out of business, adding to our unemployment, and that means fewer people paying into the system, but more people needing free healthcare. That means the whole system will collapse, which is pretty much how socialism works anyway isn’t it? Just look at the riots in France, I hope that doesn’t happen at my local fast food restaurant, because I sure like their cheeseburgers. Please consider all this.