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Church's Chicken Introduces Everyday Family Value Meals
At Church's Chicken, value is at the center of the entire dining experience. One of the ways Church's is continuing to redefine value is through the Feed Six Meal, which allows customers to choose from a 10-piece Mixed Chicken or 12-piece Legs & Thighs or 15-piece Texas Tenders™ and three Large Classic Sides or two Large Classic sides and six scratch made Honey-Butter Biscuits™, all starting at $20. For a limited time, guests can also opt for four Church's Chicken Sandwiches with a choice of...
Taco Bell Debuts the Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco Nationwide
Beginning Sept. 2, Taco Bell's long-awaited Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco will be available nationwide at participating locations for a limited time. After locally testing earlier this year in Nashville, TN and Charlotte, NC to much success, the test kitchen masterminds knew it was time to go nationwide. Fans can also get their cravings met with early access on Aug. 30 during Happier Hour via the Taco Bell app.
Fluffy like a sandwich, but folded like a taco, the Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco is the latest from the masterminds in menu item mashups. Taco Bell is no stranger to the world of crispy chicken after introducing fan-favorites like...
The Habit Burger Grill Launches with Impossible Foods
The Habit Burger Grill announced the continuation of its offerings with Impossible Foods Inc., bringing the company's plant-based meat to select locations in the US. Beginning August 11th, The Habit Burger Grill will introduce two culinary innovations to their menu, the Original Impossible™ Burger and the Impossible™ Bistro Burger, both of which are made with Impossible Foods' award-winning plant-based meat.
Combining The Habit Burger Grill's standard for freshly prepped ingredients and high-quality food, the Original Impossible Burger and the Impossible Bistro Burger aim to satisfy guests' desire for a delicious and...
Pizza Hut Expands Partnership with Beyond Meat for New Plant-Based Beyond Pepperoni Pizza Topping
Pizza Hut and Beyond Meat have reunited. The two innovation leaders are entering another milestone in their partnership with the debut of Beyond Pepperoni, a plant-based version of Pizza Hut's #1 selling pizza topping, and a first for both brands. Beginning today, the Beyond Pepperoni Pizza will be available as a test in nearly 70 locations across five U.S. markets for a limited time, only at Pizza Hut.
Beyond Pepperoni was co-developed by Beyond Meat and Pizza Hut's culinary teams and is made from simple, plant-based ingredients like peas and rice, with no GMOs, soy, gluten, hormones, antibiotics or cholesterol. As part of its ongoing partnership with Beyond Meat...
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Launches New Bacon Menu Items
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store announced that its menu innovation will continue this fall with new additions and limited-time seasonal beverages. Bacon is a breakfast, lunch and dinner staple and will serve as the centerpiece of two new dishes – Bacon Mac n' Cheese and Bacon n' Egg Hashbrown Casserole.
"Care is at the heart of all we do to make the guest experience unique at Cracker Barrel, and part of that is continuing to innovate and offer new menu additions like the flavorful...
Yoshinoya Japanese Kitchen Announces the Return of Grilled Steak
Grilled Steak is coming back to Yoshinoya Japanese Kitchen. Back by overwhelming customer demand, this premium steak entrée starts with strips of seared steak that are topped with a soy glaze and paired with veggies and a choice of steamed rice or not-so-fried rice. A summertime special, the Grilled Steak promotion will only be available for a limited time.
Yoshinoya will also celebrate this summer launch with double Yoshinoya Rewards points from 8/4 through 8/15 when guests order Grilled Steak through the Yoshinoya app...
Taco Bell Unveils Latest Menu Round-up
After putting the finishing touches on its new streamlined menu to make room for new innovations, Taco Bell has unveiled its latest menu offerings that will be available nationwide or for testing in select markets.
Since Nacho Fries first launched in 2018, Taco Bell has reimagined the beloved menu item multiple times with innovations. This time, Nacho Fries will be joined by the new Loaded Taco Fries.
The latest fry innovation features...
Thighstop's Take on National Chicken Wing Day: 'Save a Wing, Eat a Thigh'
This National Chicken Wing Day on July 29 comes amidst a national chicken wing crisis. Restaurant brands are widely bowing out this year, and consumers are left wondering where they will get their fix. But Thighstop, Wingstop's new virtual food brand, is giving the famous holiday new flavor by repositioning it as "Thighstop Thigh Day."
On one of the more popular food holidays among fans and foodies alike, Thighstop is determined to keep the celebration going by offering two free bone-in thighs with qualifying purchases on July 29. Available through Thighstop.com or DoorDash, the two free bone-in thighs are...
Wendy's Launches New Nugget Sauce as Popeyes Prepares to Debut Chicken Nuggets
As Popeyes prepares to debut chicken nuggets on the menu on July 27, Wendy’s is launching Ghost Pepper Ranch Sauce nationwide. Wendy’s is advertising the sauce to be paired with its Spicy Nuggets or for spreading on other menu items like burgers and sandwiches. Additionally, Wendy’s is featuring its 10-piece Spicy Chicken Nuggets in a buy one get one for $1 offer through September 5.
"I'm proud of the work my culinary team has done to create a legacy of spice that keeps fans coming back for more with new menu innovations they crave, including...
Ruby Tuesday Introduces Libby’s BBQ for Summer
Ruby Tuesday has announced the addition of Libby’s BBQ with a new feature menu this summer. Originally crafted in the Ruby Tuesday kitchen as a delivery-only concept, Libby’s BBQ offers smoky, tender, saucy BBQ entrees and is now available to order at all Ruby Tuesday locations for dine-in, Ruby TueGO and delivery for a limited time only.
Now through September, Ruby Tuesday guests can try Libby’s BBQ entrees starting at $9.99. The all-new Libby’s BBQ menu includes tender, smoked beef brisket and...
The Fried Chickin' Sandwich Goes Plant-Based this Summer at Veggie Grill
Veggie Grill has launched its Crispy Buffalo Chickin' Sandwich for a limited time only. From June 30 – July 27, guests can grab this classic crispy treat with all of the flavor and none of the meat. The sandwich features Crispy Chickin' topped with creamy ranch, buffalo sauce, pickles, lettuce and tomato, all layered between a warm toasted brioche bun.
"We believe our plant-based Crispy Buffalo Chickin' Sandwich rivals any other fried chicken sandwich offered on the market," said T.K. Pillan, founder and executive chairman, Veggie Grill. "All our menu items...
DoorDash and Beyond Meat Introduce Limited Edition Summer Grilling Kits for On-Demand Delivery
DoorDash announced a partnership with Beyond Meat, a leader in plant-based meat, to offer limited-edition, July 4th grilling kits to help customers host the ultimate BBQ featuring the new Beyond Burger®. The kits are available exclusively on DoorDash for on-demand delivery from DashMart, a new type of convenience store owned, operated, and curated by DoorDash.
As many people prepare for a summer of grilling and gathering, the kit also provides a seamless way for consumers to get their grilling essentials without taking a last-minute trip to the grocery store. According to a national consumer survey that polled 1,000 U.S. adults...
Wendy's Introduces New Spicy Black Bean Burger
Wendy's is spicing up its Made to Crave premium sandwich line with the addition of a new plant-based sandwich, the Spicy Black Bean Burger. Beginning June 28, consumers in Columbus, Pittsburgh and Jacksonville can purchase a Spicy Black Bean Burger bite while supplies last.
"Our Made to Crave menu is a destination for customers seeking bold ingredients and flavor innovation," said Carl Loredo, U.S. Chief Marketing Officer for The Wendy's Company. "With that spirit, we're bringing forward an incredibly tasty Spicy Black Bean Burger to this line-up in three select markets. Consumers are demanding plant-based sandwiches, and...
Taco Bell Tests a Naked Chalupa With a Plant-Based Shell
The introduction of the Naked Chicken Chalupa at Taco Bell changed the fried chicken game. Now, Taco Bell is looking to reinvent its own game-changing invention in the chicken wars by testing a plant-based shell alternative. Meet the Naked Chalupa with a Crispy Plant-Based Shell, a new menu innovation for vegetarian and veggie-curious consumers.
This latest shell innovation challenges the status quo of what vegetarian mashups look and taste like. Thanks to the masterminds of the Taco Bell Test Kitchen, the newest specialty is made from a pea protein-based proprietary blend that's breaded, shaped into the unique Chalupa form and then crisped to order. The shell is certified vegan by the American Vegetarian Association and proves...
Lightlife and Field Roast Team Up with Boston Pizza to Offer Plant-based Options
Greenleaf Foods, SPC, owner of leading plant-based brands Lightlife® and Field Roast™, and Boston Pizza, a casual dining restaurant in Canada, together are kicking off the outdoor dining season with two new menu items made with plant-based protein. Available now through Labor Day, the restaurant will offer a Lightlife Plant-Based Burger and a pizza featuring Field Roast Plant-Based Italian Sausage Crumbles.
We believe people should have great-tasting plant-based options whether they’re cooking at home or eating out,” said Dan Curtin, President of Greenleaf Foods. “Boston Pizza is celebrated for...
Denny's Introduces New Menu Items for Summer
As Americans begin to return to dining rooms, Denny's has a new set of options for those looking for a taste of summer, including the introduction of a monthly Spotlight Stack, a highlighted pancake dish from Denny's collection of fresh buttermilk pancake stacks.
First up on the menu just in time for Flag Day and July Fourth: The Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast kicks off summer with festive colors and flavors for dine in, delivery or take out. The new creation features a stack of pancakes crafted with fresh buttermilk and blueberries and topped with freshly sliced strawberries, a drizzle of cream cheese icing and a dollop of sweet, whipped cream, served up with...
Wendy's Brings Back Seasonal Summer Strawberry Chicken SaladWendy's is bringing back its Summer Strawberry Chicken Salad nationwide. The salad is created with ingredients like hand-picked strawberries, crisp Applewood smoked bacon, Tuscan cheese blend topped with a Champagne Vinaigrette–all on top of a bed of freshly chopped lettuce and spring mix.
"From our Jalapeño Popper Chicken Salad to our Southwest Avocado Salad and now, our new Summer Strawberry Chicken Salad, we consistently lean into on-trend ingredients to give our customers flavorful salad options they can't find anywhere else," said Carl Loredo, Wendy's U.S. Chief Marketing Officer. "Others have chosen to...
Chili's Introduces New Chicken Sandwich
For a limited time only, the Chili's Chicken Sandwich is here. Starting today, My Chili's Rewards members across the nation can try the new chicken sandwich on its exclusive 3 for $10 menu through June 30.
The sandwich is a buttered and toasted brioche bun, drizzled with Chili's new Secret Sauce, topped with a tomato slice, a piece of hand-battered and hand-breaded fried chicken breast drizzled with more Secret Sauce, topped with lettuce and the other half of the buttered and toasted brioche bun. Also...
Sonic Goes Cajun with New Popcorn Chicken Po’ Boy
Sonic Drive-In introduces the new limited time only Popcorn Chicken Po’ Boy, a new sandwich influenced by the bold flavor of Louisiana cuisine.
For just $2.99, the Popcorn Chicken Po’ Boy starts with Sonic's white meat Jumbo Popcorn Chicken®, and is topped with shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, diced onions, mayo and creamy blackened mayo, all layered in a warm and soft, hinge-sliced hoagie roll.
“Cajun delicacies are known for delicious blends of seasonings that...
Bourbon Black Pepper Smokehouse Chicken Returns this Summer at Church's Chicken
Church's Chicken, announced the revival of a true original for this summer's Smokehouse Season: The Bourbon Black Pepper Smokehouse Chicken. Church's Smokehouse Season is an annual event that guests have embraced since its launch five years ago. As guests seek a return to the comfort and familiarity of a more traditional summer, Church's is delivering those classic flavors that guests know and love with a kick. Fans will once again be able to get their Smokehouse fix all summer long from May 27 through August 29, 2021.
"Our first Bourbon Black Pepper Smokehouse program delivered record-breaking sales and traffic in 2019, and we've continued to hear from guests who have been clamoring for it ever since," said Brian Gies, Chief Marketing Officer for Church's Chicken. "The unique flavor profile...
Sonic Puts a Southwestern Twist on Classic Menu Items
SONIC® Drive-In puts a Southwestern twist on two of its classic menu items to create the new Twisted Texan Cheeseburger and Footlong Quarter Pound Coney.
The Twisted Texan Cheeseburger starts with a 100% pure beef patty and is topped with SONIC’s Signature chili, American cheese and crispy onion strings, all layered on a toasted bakery bun.
The Twisted Texan Footlong Quarter Pound Coney puts a spin on another iconic SONIC menu item...
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Launches New Homestyle Favorites
Just in time for Mother's Day, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is introducing new homestyle favorites including Hand-Breaded Fried Chicken Tenders, "Barrel Bites" – Biscuit Beignets, Loaded Hashbrown Casserole Tots, and limited-time beverages at restaurants nationwide. Whether dining-in or curbside, families can take advantage of Cracker Barrel's one-stop-shopping experience for Mother's Day, with everything from new menu options and homestyle meals to unique gift options to show how much they care for the women in their lives this Mother's Day.
"Cracker Barrel is excited to welcome guests back into our stores where we are serving new additions like our Hand-Breaded Fried Chicken Tenders and summertime classics like...
P.F. Chang's Celebrates Spring Holidays with New Menu
P.F. Chang’s is celebrating a season of moms, dads and graduates, creating a unique and memorable celebration experience for each signature event. Launching is an updated menu, suited for celebrations of all kinds. The exclusive pre-fixed menu includes a selection of four courses and a glass of wine for $50 per person.
“At P.F. Chang’s, we believe there’s much cause for celebration over the coming weeks, whether it’s honoring important family members or hard-working scholars,” said Tana Davila, chief marketing officer for P.F. Chang’s. “We’re always a place to celebrate life’s milestones – both big and small – but...
Eat Just and Foodpanda Partner on Home Delivery of Cultured Meat in Singapore
Eat Just, Inc., a company that applies cutting-edge science and technology to create healthier, more sustainable foods, and foodpanda, Asia's leading food and grocery delivery platform, have partnered on the world’s first home delivery of cultured meat. Three dishes featuring high-quality chicken made in a brand-new way will be available for delivery on the foodpanda platform kicking off on Earth Day, April 22, for a limited period of time in Singapore.
The partnership marks a significant milestone for both brands, by introducing the first taste of this revolutionary and sustainable meat option. The groundbreaking in-home tasting experience for Eat Just’s GOOD Meat brand follows...
Smashburger Calls to End the Chicken Wars with Launch of Peace Offering Promotion
Smashburger invites guests to test their spicy-food threshold with the announcement of the brand's newest premium menu creation, the Scorchin' Hot Crispy Chicken Sandwich. Made with Nashville hot crispy chicken, spicy red pepper mayo, pickles, and served on a classic toasted bun, the hot new menu item is available at Smashburger locations nationwide starting today through June 15, 2021.
In the spirit of the competitive pressure for chicken sandwich dominance among many quick service restaurant brands, Smashburger is calling an end to the famous chicken wars inviting restaurant chains to...
Quaker Steak & Lube Introduces New, Limited-Time Menu Items
With the weather heating up and the days getting longer, it can only mean one thing: a much-needed summer is right around the corner. To celebrate, Quaker Steak & Lube is introducing a brand-new "All-American Summer" menu complete with its twists on classic BBQ favorites and seasonal-inspired cocktails.
Here is the food lineup Quaker Steak & Lube will feature on its All-American Summer menu...
Carl's Jr. and Beyond Meat Partner for Plant-based Meat Menu Takeover on Earth Day
Carl’s Jr. is inspiring fans to Go Beyond this Earth Day by hosting a one-of-a-kind, one day plant-based meat menu takeover at a local restaurant in Los Angeles. The store will Go Beyond for customers to stop by and try a complimentary eco-friendly Beyond Meat® item. Fans of Carl’s Jr. and Beyond Meat who are not able to join the celebration in Los Angeles can enjoy any Beyond Burger for five dollars via an email offer at participating Carl’s Jr. locations throughout the U.S.
“We are excited to give our fans a fun, delicious way to celebrate Earth Day this year with a full plant-based meat experience at Carl’s Jr.,” said Patty Trevino, senior vice president of brand marketing at CKE Restaurants. “With nearly one-third of consumers identifying as flexitarian, we continue to...
IHOP Unveils New Steakhouse Premium Bacon
IHOP introduced the brand’s new Steakhouse Premium Bacon, its latest menu innovation on the new Bacon Obsession menu. Steakhouse Premium Bacon is a thick-cut piece of bacon that is five times thicker than IHOP’s regular bacon, fried and finished with a maple glaze.
In addition to the new Steakhouse Premium Bacon, which can be added to any breakfast combo for $1.49 for a limited time, IHOP is introducing a Bacon Obsession menu that offers an array of options including everything from a Steakhouse Premium Bacon Burger to a Maple Bacon Milkshake.
“As guests begin to return to restaurants, we know they’re looking for broadly appealing and familiar comfort foods, as well as new ways to enjoy classic favorites, and bacon is the perfect option that...
Ruby Tuesday Brings Back FreshMex Menu
Ruby Tuesday is offering diners a new lineup of their Southwestern favorites with the introduction of Ruby’s FreshMex spring feature menu.
Now for a limited time, guests can try Ruby’s FreshMex entrees starting at $8.99, including Chicken, Shrimp or Veggie Fajitas, Southwest Fried Chicken Bowl, Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowl, Chicken Queso Burrito and Chicken & Queso Tacos.
“Ruby Tuesday is committed to making eating out affordable, delicious and truly comfortable for our guests. We are excited to re-introduce Ruby’s FreshMex entrees that proved to be...
Checkers & Rally's Joins the Chicken Sandwich Wars with the Candied Bacon Mother Cruncher
Checkers & Rally's is taking the QSR chicken sandwich wars to the next level. From April 5 through May 16, 2021, the brand is serving up a new version of their Mother Cruncher Chicken Sandwich, now topped with candied bacon.
Checkers & Rally's Classic Mother Cruncher chicken sandwich made its debut last summer and quickly became one of the brand's best-selling sandwiches. The Mother Cruncher's "mega crunch" breading and creamy, signature Squawk Sauce raised the bar in the QSR space.
Now, the Candied Bacon Mother Cruncher takes the Mother Cruncher's extra-crispy, all-white-meat fried chicken breast and tops it with...
Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s Introduce Godzilla vs. Kong-Inspired Limited Time Offers Globally
CKE Restaurants announced today its partnership with Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment to promote the premiere of the highly-anticipated cinematic actioner Godzilla vs. Kong timed to the film’s release, with special edition menu offerings at Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants around the world. Godzilla vs. Kong is in theaters internationally and, as of today, March 31, in U.S. theaters and on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release.
Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s will now offer a special edition Godzilla Burger, Kong Burger and Kong Chicken Sandwich, each inspired by the epic battle for the ages between the two Titans, in more than 20 countries and regions around the globe, including Mexico, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East...
Sonic Introduces New Bacon Jam Cheeseburger for a Limited Time
SONIC® Drive-In introduces a complete bacon experience with the new Bacon Jam Cheeseburger.
The Bacon Jam Cheeseburger starts with a quarter-pound, 100% pure beef patty, layered with American cheese, crispy bacon and a sweet and savory bacon onion jam, topped with mayo and mustard, all on a toasted brioche bun.
“As the star of the show, our new bacon onion jam is a magical culmination of flavors with bacon, brown sugar and caramelized onions,” said Scott Uehlein, vice president of product innovation and development for SONIC. “Topped with...
Del Taco Enters the Chicken Wars with New Menu Items
Del Taco Restaurants continues to innovate with crispy chicken with the sweet, tangy smokiness of Honey Chipotle BBQ sauce. While some quick service brands have introduced a single sandwich during the crispy chicken wars, Del Taco’s new Honey Chipotle BBQ Taco and Epic Burrito bring the total to 11 unique and new crispy chicken items introduced since July 2020.
For a limited time, the new sauce flavor will be available on the following items...
Taco Bell Brings Back Iconic Limited Time Offer: The Quesalupa
Taco Bell is no stranger to rocking the quick-service restaurant industry with its innovative menu items, and the 2016 introduction of the Quesalupa was no exception. After years of perfecting the recipe, Taco Bell is bringing it back. During its debut, the Quesalupa was one of the brand's biggest limited-time offers in history. Now it's back, with 50 percent more cheese inside its double-layered shell.
The journey of transforming a chalupa to Quesalupa starts with stuffing the crispy chalupa shell with a blend of melted pepper jack and mozzarella cheeses from edge-to-edge. Inside are Taco Bell's signature flavors including seasoned beef, crispy lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, fresh diced tomatoes and...
Cracker Barrel Offers New Prime Rib Heat n' Serve and Creative Basket Options
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® announced the launch of its Spring Into the Season campaign, featuring a new, homestyle Prime Rib Heat n' Serve meal and Baskets for Every Occasion gift options to make the most of the Easter holiday and life's most memorable milestones. Plus, Cracker Barrel's popular classic Easter Heat n' Serve meal including spiral-sliced sugar-cured ham will be back in two sizes – Feast and Family Dinner.
"Whether you're craving a country feast, refreshing your home for Spring, or planning to give one-of-a-kind Easter baskets, Cracker Barrel is here to offer convenient and delicious ways to make new traditions at home or celebrate with us around one of our tables," said Cracker Barrel Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Jennifer Tate. "This year, we're especially excited to offer...
SONIC Creates New Mesquite Butter Bacon Cheeseburger
Sonic Drive-In puts its own spin on the distinct, slow-burned flavor of Mesquite barbecue and sears butter into the burger to create its newest menu item: the Mesquite Butter Bacon Cheeseburger.
At $4.99, the Mesquite Butter Bacon Cheeseburger begins with a griddled, 100% pure beef quarter-pound burger seared with smoky mesquite butter and glazed with tangy BBQ sauce, and is topped with crispy bacon, two slices of melted American cheese, lettuce, grilled onions and pickles, all on a toasted brioche bun.
“In every bite, tangy BBQ sauce takes on a sultry-sweet twist as the nuanced smokiness of Mesquite barbecue joins forces with smooth, melty butter to elevate the classic cheeseburger with...
Wingstop Brings Fan Favorite Flavors Back to Menus Nationwide
Wingstop is bringing back three popular remix flavors to menus nationwide as a limited time offering. Starting on Valentine's Day, one of the brand's busiest days of the year outside of the Big Game, fans will once again have access to Hot Lemon, Bayou BBQ and Lemon Garlic, available hand-sauced-and-tossed on bone-in and boneless wings as well as crispy tenders.
Valentine's Day marks a hallmark event for Wingstop as fans look to share flavor with the ones they love. This year, fans can stay in, relax, and get Wingstop's bold distinctive flavor via...
SONIC Upgrades Its Classic Cheesesteak for a Limited Time
SONIC Drive-In is warming up the cold season with the all new Extra-Long Ultimate Cheesesteaks, layered with SONIC's golden Tots.
The Original Extra-Long Ultimate Cheesesteak bundles seasoned steak and grilled onions, topped with cheddar cheese, zesty cheese sauce and crispy, golden Tots all in an extra-long bun. The Spicy Extra-Long Ultimate Cheesesteak kicks it up a notch with...
Spicy Chicken Nuggets and Mighty Hot Sauce are Returning to McDonald's
McDonald's Spicy Chicken McNuggets and Mighty Hot Sauce will be returning to participating restaurants nationwide February 1 for a limited time. These limited time menu offerings include:
Boston Market Brings the Heat to the Chicken Sandwich Wars with All-New Nashville Hot
Boston Market is heating things up this winter, with its first-ever crispy chicken sandwich. Available for a limited time, guests can fire up their taste buds with the Nashville Hot Crispy Chicken Sandwich, plus two additional Nashville Hot menu offerings, including a spicy new take on its rotisserie chicken. A new, fire-free Crispy Chicken BLT Sandwich and Crispy Chicken with White Gravy Meal, plus returning guest favorites Chicken Marsala and Roasted Garlic & Herb Chicken, are also hitting Boston Market restaurants for a limited time.
"2020 is behind us, and so are the chicken sandwich wars. We've been bringing the heat in our rotisserie ovens for more than 30 years, and our new Nashville Hot Crispy Chicken Sandwich proves that...
Chick-fil-A Heats Up Menu with Grilled Spicy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich
Chick-fil-A is kicking off the year by offering a grilled version of a spicy favorite. Starting January 25, Chick-fil-A is introducing the Grilled Spicy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich, available for a limited time at participating restaurants nationwide. The sandwich delivers the same flavor guests love from the current Chick-fil-A spicy offerings, now available in a grilled option.
The Grilled Spicy Deluxe was first developed and tested in Fall 2017 in select markets, where it received positive feedback from guests. It is the first limited-time entrée to be featured on the national menu since...
Del Taco Introduces Honey Mango Crispy Chicken
Del Taco Restaurants continues to reinvent its popular crispy chicken menu items. Meet the Honey Mango Crispy Chicken lineup, Del Taco’s sweet start to 2021. For a limited time, the new sauce flavor will be available on the following items:
Dunkin' Introduces New Plant-Based Breakfast Sandwich
As the trend of Americans adding plant-based options to their diet blossoms, Dunkin' continues to give on-the-go consumers more ways to easily make plant-based food and beverages part of their day. Following the success of last year's Beyond Sausage® Breakfast Sandwich launch, the brand is beginning 2021 by adding another plant-based protein patty to its menu, teaming up with America's #1 veggie brand, MorningStar Farms®, to launch the new Southwest Veggie Power Breakfast Sandwich, a meatless sandwich that doesn't sacrifice on taste, now available for a limited time at participating Dunkin' restaurants nationwide.
The Southwest Veggie Power Breakfast Sandwich features a MorningStar Farms Black Bean Patty packed with southwest flavors, layered with...
Chipotle Launches Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice for New Lifestyle Bowls
Chipotle Mexican Grill announced Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice is available at U.S. and Canadian restaurants for a limited time. Chipotle's latest plant-based option is made with freshly grilled, riced cauliflower, finished with hand-chopped cilantro, lime, and salt, and prepared fresh in-restaurant every day.
New Year, New Start
Chipotle fans can start 2021 off with a new rice option that is compliant with Keto, Whole30®, Paleo, Vegan, and Vegetarian diets. Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice has...
Sonic Kicks Off 2021 by Offering Chicken Sliders For a Limited Time
To start off the new year, Sonic announced the return of its fan-favorite Chicken Slingers for a limited time.
At approximately 350 calories, the Chicken Slinger features a 100% all-white meat chicken fillet topped with mayo and pickles on a brioche bun. The Spicy Chicken Slinger takes it up a notch with Sonic’s new Spicy Ranch.
“The measure of any tasty chicken sandwich is the fillet itself so we took the time to...
Taco Bell Puts Nacho Fries Back On the Menu for The Second Time in 2020
Taco Bell's Nacho Fries will be available nationwide at participating locations for a limited time starting December 24 for the second time this year.
"In a year as difficult and uncertain as this one was, we know that consumers crave the comforts they love most. That's why we're excited to bring back Nacho Fries for our passionate fans to close out this year and kick off 2021 positively and deliciously," said Nikki Lawson, Taco Bell's Chief Global Brand Officer. "The magic of the Nacho Fries franchise extends beyond...
Technomic's Take: 2021 Global Trends Outlook
We can only guess what’s in store for 2021 in the global restaurant space. 2020 showed us—among so many things—that what’s expected and what happens don’t always align, to say the least. That said, we think our 2020 restaurant trend forecast holds up fairly well given the reality of the marketplace affected so drastically by the pandemic. Ghost kitchens certainly moved mainstream. Vegan fare got more space to stretch and grow. Plant-based meats continued to inform product development, especially across Asia. Beverage chains certainly broke out from the crowd—again, especially in Asia. And halloumi, pinsa pizzas and sliders had strong showings on chain menus across the world. So, what’s in store for the coming year...
White Castle Announces Return of Comfort Food Sliders
White Castle is bringing back comfort food, just in time for the chilly winter ahead. This week, the fast food restaurant chain added two past favorites – the Sloppy Joe Slider and Mac & Cheese Nibblers – as well as a brand new item, the Smoky Joe Slider, to its menu through February 14, 2021.
The Sloppy Joe Slider is just like the classic Sloppy Joe, only Slider-sized. The limited time offer sandwich features a blend of...
Pizza Hut to Offer Holiday Meal Box
With the holiday season in full swing, Pizza Hut is crossing cooking off the to-do list by delivering the ultimate gift: the Triple Treat Box.
Arriving just in time for the holidays, each Triple Treat Box features a three-in-one meal, packed with two medium one-topping pizzas, five breadsticks and 10 Cinnabon Mini Rolls. Pizzas are available on...
Boston Market Announces December Holiday Meal Offerings
Boston Market is offering countless festive meal options this December. Whether looking to bring home a pre-cooked feast, have one shipped directly to any doorstep or add a few a la carte staples to round out your holiday menu, Boston Market offers a variety of meal solutions.
"This year more than ever, the holidays should be a time to enjoy precious moments with loved ones, whether that be around a table or on a computer screen," said Boston Market President Randy Miller. "We pride ourselves on serving up hassle-free meal solutions that allow our guests more time to...
COVID-19 Impacts the Turkey Market this Thanksgiving
As coronavirus restrictions continue to impact our daily lives, it seems the holidays will be no exception. Retail and foodservice attempted to adapt to these unprecedented changes this Thanksgiving, by promoting deals with smaller birds or meals that feature turkey items instead of a whole bird.
Restaurants like Denny’s brought back its family-style Turkey and Dressing Dinner Pack, which included a carved turkey breast and sides portioned for four people. Cracker Barrel added multiple holiday meal options to the menu, with Thanksgiving meal offerings that serve...
Chipotle Tests Smoked Brisket in Select Markets
Chipotle Mexican Grill announced it is testing Smoked Brisket at 64 restaurants throughout Cincinnati and part of Sacramento, California. Chipotle's latest protein features smoked beef brisket that is seasoned with a special spice blend, seared on the grill every day, and finished with a sauce made with Mexican peppers.
"We're thrilled to offer a new, responsibly-sourced brisket that tastes terrific and meets our industry leading Food with Integrity standards," said Chris Brandt, Chief Marketing Officer. "The richness of...
Denny's Brings Back Thanksgiving Dinner Pack
Denny's is bringing back its family-style Turkey & Dressing Dinner Pack, offering guests a stress-free spread of traditional holiday favorites, perfect for celebrating at home. Turkey & Dressing Dinner Packs are available for pickup until Wednesday, November 25 at 6 p.m. EST by ordering on Dennys.com or the Denny's app.
Portioned for four people, the Turkey & Dressing Dinner Pack is prepared ready to heat and serve, and features...
Del Taco Introduces Limited Time Holiday Menu
Del Taco Restaurants is saying “Happy Tamaledays” with a new slate of seasoned, shredded pork tamales. The festive, expanded menu lineup launches Thursday, November 19, 2020 and includes two tamales for $4, several smothered tamale options, such as Cholula Smothered Tamales, and a Tamale Fiesta Pack. Del Taco’s limited-edition Happy Tamaledays wrapping paper is also back by popular demand with two new custom designs available for purchase at the Del Taco webstore, while supplies last.
Following an authentic, Mexican recipe, Del Taco’s tamales are made with seasoned, shredded pork and fire-roasted salsa, and surrounded by a layer of soft, stone-ground corn masa and...
Meijer Announces Special Pricing on Turkeys as Customers Prepare For a Different Looking Holiday
While Thanksgiving celebrations may look different this year due to the pandemic, Meijer remains focused on providing customers with low prices for their holiday meal, including offering special pricing throughout the Midwest for the meal's focal point: the turkey.
All frozen Meijer brand turkeys – regardless of size – are 31 cents per pound with an mPerks coupon now through Nov. 26 across the Midwest. For example, a 10-pound turkey will cost $3.29 after tax. There is a limit of one turkey per customer. The turkeys cost...
Perdue Launches Thanksgiving Turkey Nuggets Ahead of Smaller Holiday Gatherings
Thanksgiving celebrations this year are likely to look a little different, with smaller gatherings and less travel. To help consumers celebrate the holiday during this unusual year, Perdue announced the launch of Perdue ThanksNuggets, a limited-time offering that packs all the best flavors of Thanksgiving into two nuggets: Breaded Breast Meat Turkey Nuggets and Breaded Dark Meat Turkey and Cranberry Nuggets. The drumstick-shaped dark meat nugget is inspired by traditional sides like cranberry sauce and stuffing, while the turkey-shaped white meat nugget is inspired by everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving vegetable: sweet potato.
Beginning at noon EST on Friday, Nov. 13, in honor of Perdue Farms’ 100th anniversary...
Sweet Earth Foods Partners with U.S. Colleges and Universities to Expand Plant-Based Dining Options
Sweet Earth Foods, a Nestlé Professional brand and award-winning plant-based food innovator, announced their expansion of the PB Triple Play – the first 100% plant-based Bac'n Cheezeburger – and other new plant-based options for students at five premier universities across the U.S., including University of Massachusetts, Notre Dame and Yale. These limited-time offerings will be available on college campuses in November and offered as more permanent menu items in 2021.
Sixty-five percent of Gen Z wants a more "plant-forward" diet, while 79% would eat meatless meals once or twice a week. Now, as more Gen Z students demand plant-based options, colleges search for vegan options that are both plant-powered and flavorful. The PB Triple Play and other...
Denny's Adds Melts and Bowls To the Menu
Nothing says fall quite like comfort food and Denny's is delivering with an all new Melts lineup and a new Bowls menu. Available nationwide, Denny's will now feature a selection of warm and cheesy grilled sandwiches served with wavy-cut fries, and two hearty dishes combining flavors and textures for a complete meal in a bowl.
New menu items include...
McDonald's Takes McRib Season Nationwide in 2020
This year, McDonald's is not only bringing back the McRib, but its also taking the sandwich nationwide for the first time since 2012 starting on December 2.
For a limited time, McRib regulars and "first-timers" across the country can soon get in on the McRib magic with seasoned boneless pork slathered in smoky, tangy barbecue sauce, topped with slivered onions and tart pickles.
"The McRib has been a beloved menu item at McDonald's since its inception nearly 40 years ago," said Vice President of Menu Innovation, Linda VanGosen. "There's nothing quite like the taste of the McRib. To our customers, it's become more than...
Technomic's Take: What’s to Come in 2021
It’s not easy to forecast the future when the ground keeps shifting underneath. The foodservice industry has had to be more nimble than ever this past year, and everyone is eager to bounce back and embrace a clear sense of normalcy. Yet several big questions loom large: Is a COVID-19 vaccine on the horizon soon? Which areas of the country will recover quickest? And when will consumers feel comfortable about dining indoors again?
Despite the many ambiguities that exist, Technomic's outlook for the industry remains optimistic. Up-to-the-minute strategies are positioning foodservice segments to kick off a wider resurgence through 2021. Optimizing the menu, directly...
Boston Market Introduces Holiday Meal Options
Boston Market is aiming to bring families together both near and far with countless affordable holiday meal options for every type of celebration, no matter how different it may look this year. Whether gathering with family in-person around the table or across the country over the internet, Boston Market has you and your loved ones covered this holiday season with complete meal solutions starting at just $10.99 per person.
"With all that has happened this past year, connecting with friends and loved ones over a delicious meal to celebrate the things that matter most has never been more important," said Boston Market President, Randy Miller. "That's why we're serving up decadent, hassle-free meals in a variety of ways that allow families to...
Applebee's Announces Halloween Wings Deal
Halloween is almost here, and Applebee’s is putting a new spin on trick-or-treating for guests around the country. For one day only on October 31, wing lovers can celebrate at participating locations with Halloween Wings – a free order of Boneless Wings with any purchase of $30 or more for To Go or delivery through Applebees.com.
Each order of Applebee’s Boneless Wings is served with ranch dressing and celery on the side and is tossed in sauce like Classic Hot Buffalo, Sweet Asian Chili or Honey BBQ. Guests can visit Applebees.com or the Applebee’s mobile app to order and...
Papa John’s Brings Back the Double Cheeseburger Pizza
Papa John's is bringing back the brand’s cult-favorite Double Cheeseburger Pizza for just $12. But Papa John’s isn’t stopping there. They’re turning the popular Double Cheeseburger Pizza, originally launched in 2015, into a Papadia for $6. To satisfy their biggest fans’ cravings, Papa John’s is treating their Papa Rewards members to a coveted sneak peek starting today at select locations.
The Double Cheeseburger Pizza and Double Cheeseburger Papadia feature a huge portion of seasoned beef, melty cheese, zesty pickles and signature burger sauce, all held together by...
Jack in the Box Introduces Plant-Based Chicken Sandwich
Jack in the Box and Raised & Rooted are announcing the exclusive debut of the Jack's Unchicken and Jack's Spicy Unchicken sandwiches at select locations in Monterey and Salinas, California, and Reno, Nevada. The sandwiches are the first-ever plant-based "unchicken" sandwiches introduced by a quick service restaurant. Raised & Rooted is Tyson Foods' brand of alternative protein products launched in 2019.
Made from pea protein isolate and Jack in the Box's traditional crispy breading, the Unchicken sandwiches deliver mouthwatering taste with a savory crunch and texture sure to rival the competition. The sandwiches are available in two varieties, regular and spicy, and will be available...
DoorDash And Taco Bell Announce Nationwide Partnership
DoorDash and Taco Bell announced their new partnership across over 5,500 locations nationwide. In celebration of the partnership, starting October 15, registered DoorDash users can get 50 percent off Taco Bell’s biggest nachos box ever, the Nachos Party Pack, with a $0 delivery fee when they spend $15 or more. The deal is exclusively available on DoorDash beginning October 15 through October 24.
“We’re excited to team up with DoorDash to give our fans the ability to satisfy their cravings for Taco Bell more easily,” said Nikki Lawson, Taco Bell’s Chief Global Brand Officer. “Growing delivery has always been a priority for the brand and through this partnership...
QDOBA Introduces New Cholula Hot and Sweet Chicken
QDOBA announced the addition of a new, limited-time menu offering: Cholula Hot & Sweet Chicken. Made every day in its kitchens with grilled in-house chicken tossed in a flavorful blend of Cholula Original Hot Sauce and sweet honey, Cholula Hot & Sweet Chicken adds sweet heat to what is sure to become your favorite QDOBA entrée.
"At QDOBA, our brand goal is to bring flavor to people's lives, and in Cholula, we've found another brand that shares that purpose," said CEO Keith Guilbault. "We strive to bring our guests the best Mexican flavors, with entrees freshly prepared every day, and the launch of Cholula Hot & Sweet Chicken underscores that goal while...
Boston Market Brings Back Fall Menu Items
With autumn well underway, Boston Market is bringing back seasonal items to the menu. Available for a limited time, guest favorites Chicken Marsala, Tuscan Chicken and Roasted Garlic & Herb Chicken return to Boston Market menus alongside Warm Apple Cobbler and all new Cilantro Lime Rice are now available at restaurants nationwide.
"This summer was unlike any other we've experienced in previous years, so we're getting back to what we know, love and appreciate this fall with familiar flavors that we hope can offer some much needed comfort and security", stated Randy Miller, President of Boston Market. "That is why we are so excited to be bring back...
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