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Bruster’s Real Ice Cream ‘Popped Off’ in 2020, Yet Carefully Vets ‘Zees

April 29, 2021

Is Bruster’s Real Ice Cream “pandemic-proof”? The phrase has mostly described concepts in the “essential” business categories such as repair, restoration and home services. But last year, 113 out of about 200 Bruster’s franchise stores set record all-time highs in revenue, up 17 percent in same-store sales.

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The Great PTL Ice Cream Debate

April 20, 2021

Thank you to Bruster’s Ice Cream for helping us with some sweet treats for this round of The Great PTL Ice Cream Debate!

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Menu Tracker: New items from Chipotle Mexican Grill, Taco Bell and Logan’s Roadhouse

March 12, 2021

Caramel Coconut Cookie ice cream: Coconut ice cream with a caramel ribbon, vanilla wafer pieces, coconut flakes and chocolate flakes, $3.38-$7.87 depending on size and location.

Learn More

From Shake Shack to Chipotle: 24 female execs on leading in 2021

March 8, 2021

It’s International Women’s Day — March 8 — and FastCasual is celebrating by bringing you the stories of 24 female executives leading the limited-service industry. Part 2, which publishes Tuesday, features 12 leaders, while Part 1 includes interviews with the following 12:

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RESTAURANT CHAINS GO ALL-IN ON LOYALTY

March 5, 2021

Restaurant chains are giving more stuff to their customers than ever before so they can get their data. Several different restaurant chains, including giants McDonald’s and Burger King, are currently testing loyalty programs in the U.S., and a number of others—including the aforementioned chains’ rival, Wendy’s—recently debuted their programs.

Learn More

America’s Best Loyalty Programs 2021

February 16, 2021

We shoppers all have our favorite stores or websites, and it’s satisfying when the places we’re loyal to, are loyal to us in return. A birthday present from Sephora? I’m not going to say no.

Learn More

Menu Tracker: New items from Red Lobster, Jimmy John’s and P.F. Chang’s

February 5, 2021

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and some chains, such as Baskin-Robbins and Krispy Kreme, are betting that, 10 months into the pandemic, some heart-shaped treats are in order. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is being more subtle — its seasonal treats both have a splash of red — while Voodoo Doughnut’s monthly special is blue for […]

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Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Introduces New Festive Treats

December 10, 2020

The holiday season has arrived and Bruster’s is ready with its festive December limited time offers:  

Learn More
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Autumn is on the menu at diners, cafes, pricey restaurants

October 8, 2020

Flavors of fall are appearing on menus as thoughts turn to apples, pumpkins, pears, squashes and comfort foods. Here’s a sampling of places where you can find your fall favorites at any time of the day.

Learn More
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Autumn is on the menu at diners, cafes, pricey restaurants

October 8, 2020

Flavors of fall are appearing on menus as thoughts turn to apples, pumpkins, pears, squashes and comfort foods. Here’s a sampling of places where you can find your fall favorites at any time of the day.

Learn More
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Convenience, Ice Cream’s Appeal Drive Bruster’s Growth

September 16, 2020

The Great Recession and its aftermath weren’t kind to Bruster’s Real Ice Cream as sales declines and stores closures hit the franchise. Adjustments the company made in subsequent years, however, began yielding sales and unit growth, and in 2019 Bruster’s hit nearly $80 million in systemwide sales, surpassing its pre-recession performance.

Learn More
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Google Trends Show Comfort Food Has Dominated COVID-19 Diets

August 31, 2020

After learning the news that swimsuit season was going to be postponed (or canceled) for many this year, people decided to drop the salads and make cookie dough, according to a year-over-year comparison of key food search terms through Google Trends.

Learn More
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WHY 2021 COULD BE A HUGE YEAR FOR RESTAURANT FRANCHISING

August 30, 2020

High unemployment, low rent and cheap financing could make it a big year for franchise sales. But there are risks for both the franchisor and the operators.

Learn More
Restaurant Business Online

AT BRUSTER’S, PANDEMIC DEMAND FOR ICE CREAM IS REAL

August 28, 2020

The chain has seen record same-store sales and unit volumes coming out of quarantine, as demand for treats soars. Jim Sahene didn’t know what to expect when dining rooms were closed across the country back in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it certainly wasn’t record unit volumes at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream.

Learn More
Restaurant Business Online

Ice cream season has got off to a rocky start

April 15, 2020

A big bucket of cold water has been thrown over the start of ice cream season. While many national ice cream chains, which are usually open year-round, have remained open, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted locally owned shops. The mom-and-pop ones have either been forced to change their business model or have not been able […]

Learn More
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How to Keep Things Normal for Kids When Nothing Is Normal

April 3, 2020

Birthday parties, Easter egg hunts and fun activities are still able to happen, even in the midst of a pandemic, with a little creativity.

Learn More
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Bruster’s Completes 10 New Store Agreements

February 13, 2020

INDUSTRY NEWS – FEBRUARY 13, 2020 – After reveling in 30 years of business in 2019, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is still celebrating as the company announced the completion of 10 new store agreements. With six stores expected to open in California, and four in Florida, Bruster’s is well on its way to expanding its […]

Learn More
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Menu Tracker: New items from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Applebee’s

February 5, 2020

Bret Thorn Feb 05, 2020 Bruster’s Real Ice Cream – Chocolate Covered Cherry Ice Cream: Chocolate ice cream with maraschino cherries, chocolate fudge ribbons and cherry cordial swirl, $3.36-$7.81 depending on size and location

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Chocolate Covered Cherry in a waffle cone

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream opens on RM 620

January 21, 2020

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream opened its fifth Texas location Jan. 8 at 3303 N. RM 620, Austin. The ice cream shop serves sundaes, cakes, shakes and more and will feature a deck and an outdoor seating area.

Learn More
Community Impact Newspaper

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream ‘Popped Off’ in 2020, Yet Carefully Vets ‘Zees

April 29, 2021

Is Bruster’s Real Ice Cream “pandemic-proof”? The phrase has mostly described concepts in the “essential” business categories such as repair, restoration and home services. But last year, 113 out of about 200 Bruster’s franchise stores set record all-time highs in revenue, up 17 percent in same-store sales.

Learn More

The Great PTL Ice Cream Debate

April 20, 2021

Thank you to Bruster’s Ice Cream for helping us with some sweet treats for this round of The Great PTL Ice Cream Debate!

Learn More

Menu Tracker: New items from Chipotle Mexican Grill, Taco Bell and Logan’s Roadhouse

March 12, 2021

Caramel Coconut Cookie ice cream: Coconut ice cream with a caramel ribbon, vanilla wafer pieces, coconut flakes and chocolate flakes, $3.38-$7.87 depending on size and location.

Learn More

From Shake Shack to Chipotle: 24 female execs on leading in 2021

March 8, 2021

It’s International Women’s Day — March 8 — and FastCasual is celebrating by bringing you the stories of 24 female executives leading the limited-service industry. Part 2, which publishes Tuesday, features 12 leaders, while Part 1 includes interviews with the following 12:

Learn More

RESTAURANT CHAINS GO ALL-IN ON LOYALTY

March 5, 2021

Restaurant chains are giving more stuff to their customers than ever before so they can get their data. Several different restaurant chains, including giants McDonald’s and Burger King, are currently testing loyalty programs in the U.S., and a number of others—including the aforementioned chains’ rival, Wendy’s—recently debuted their programs.

Learn More

America’s Best Loyalty Programs 2021

February 16, 2021

We shoppers all have our favorite stores or websites, and it’s satisfying when the places we’re loyal to, are loyal to us in return. A birthday present from Sephora? I’m not going to say no.

Learn More

Menu Tracker: New items from Red Lobster, Jimmy John’s and P.F. Chang’s

February 5, 2021

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and some chains, such as Baskin-Robbins and Krispy Kreme, are betting that, 10 months into the pandemic, some heart-shaped treats are in order. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is being more subtle — its seasonal treats both have a splash of red — while Voodoo Doughnut’s monthly special is blue for […]

Learn More

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Introduces New Festive Treats

December 10, 2020

QSR Logo

The holiday season has arrived and Bruster’s is ready with its festive December limited time offers:  

Learn More

Autumn is on the menu at diners, cafes, pricey restaurants

October 8, 2020

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Logo

Flavors of fall are appearing on menus as thoughts turn to apples, pumpkins, pears, squashes and comfort foods. Here’s a sampling of places where you can find your fall favorites at any time of the day.

Learn More

Autumn is on the menu at diners, cafes, pricey restaurants

October 8, 2020

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Logo

Flavors of fall are appearing on menus as thoughts turn to apples, pumpkins, pears, squashes and comfort foods. Here’s a sampling of places where you can find your fall favorites at any time of the day.

Learn More

Convenience, Ice Cream’s Appeal Drive Bruster’s Growth

September 16, 2020

Franchise Times

The Great Recession and its aftermath weren’t kind to Bruster’s Real Ice Cream as sales declines and stores closures hit the franchise. Adjustments the company made in subsequent years, however, began yielding sales and unit growth, and in 2019 Bruster’s hit nearly $80 million in systemwide sales, surpassing its pre-recession performance.

Learn More

Google Trends Show Comfort Food Has Dominated COVID-19 Diets

August 31, 2020

Forbes Logo

After learning the news that swimsuit season was going to be postponed (or canceled) for many this year, people decided to drop the salads and make cookie dough, according to a year-over-year comparison of key food search terms through Google Trends.

Learn More

WHY 2021 COULD BE A HUGE YEAR FOR RESTAURANT FRANCHISING

August 30, 2020

Restaurant Business Online

High unemployment, low rent and cheap financing could make it a big year for franchise sales. But there are risks for both the franchisor and the operators.

Learn More

AT BRUSTER’S, PANDEMIC DEMAND FOR ICE CREAM IS REAL

August 28, 2020

Restaurant Business Online

The chain has seen record same-store sales and unit volumes coming out of quarantine, as demand for treats soars. Jim Sahene didn’t know what to expect when dining rooms were closed across the country back in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it certainly wasn’t record unit volumes at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream.

Learn More

Ice cream season has got off to a rocky start

April 15, 2020

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Logo

A big bucket of cold water has been thrown over the start of ice cream season. While many national ice cream chains, which are usually open year-round, have remained open, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted locally owned shops. The mom-and-pop ones have either been forced to change their business model or have not been able […]

Learn More

How to Keep Things Normal for Kids When Nothing Is Normal

April 3, 2020

Pittsburgh Magazine Logo

Birthday parties, Easter egg hunts and fun activities are still able to happen, even in the midst of a pandemic, with a little creativity.

Learn More

Bruster’s Completes 10 New Store Agreements

February 13, 2020

QSR Logo

INDUSTRY NEWS – FEBRUARY 13, 2020 – After reveling in 30 years of business in 2019, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is still celebrating as the company announced the completion of 10 new store agreements. With six stores expected to open in California, and four in Florida, Bruster’s is well on its way to expanding its […]

Learn More

Menu Tracker: New items from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Applebee’s

February 5, 2020

Chocolate Covered Cherry in a waffle cone

Bret Thorn Feb 05, 2020 Bruster’s Real Ice Cream – Chocolate Covered Cherry Ice Cream: Chocolate ice cream with maraschino cherries, chocolate fudge ribbons and cherry cordial swirl, $3.36-$7.81 depending on size and location

Learn More

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream opens on RM 620

January 21, 2020

Community Impact Newspaper

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream opened its fifth Texas location Jan. 8 at 3303 N. RM 620, Austin. The ice cream shop serves sundaes, cakes, shakes and more and will feature a deck and an outdoor seating area.

Learn More
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    BRUNNER | a BRUNNERWORKS Co.

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