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Food franchises innovating as well

Yesterday we were discussing innovations that fitness franchises are implementing to attract business during what it is typically one of their busiest months of the years. Fitness franchises are not alone: just look at some of the changes food franchises are bringing in to attract new customers.


Some food franchises are betting on a breakfast resurgence. Oatmeal, that cheaply-made, unfashionable, extremely-filling breakfast meal has started to pop on the menus on Starbucks and Jumba Juice in cold-weather cities like Chicago. Considering that breakfast has become less and less integral for workers on the go, the return of oatmeal shows that franchises are thinking outside of the box to attract customers. Easily-made and highly nutritious, oatmeal is a perfect meal for the recession, and one wonder what other formerly passé foods franchises might bring into the fold.


Franchises have long been hoping that new technology might provide them with a competitive edge. Few food franchise markets are more competitive than the pizza industry, and signs show that franchises are turning to the internet to attract customers. Domino’s Pizza now lets customers order pizza on TiVo, while you can order Pizza Hut from the couch with your TiVo and Papa John’s now accepts text message orders. Each pizza franchise is obviously trying to adapt to the changing ways we interact now, but will these innovations really bring a flood of new customers, not to mention imitators? Time will tell, but franchisors obviously feel this is a risk worth taking.

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