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Domino’s UK Just Launched It’s First Vegan Pepperoni Pizza At 1,200 Stores
Domino’s is celebrating Veganuary with Vegan PepperoNAY, its first plant-based pepperoni pizza in the UK made in partnership with The Vegetarian Butcher.
While US consumers might have to wait a while for vegan pepperoni to hit Domino’s, other chains are already delivering the plant-based goods. Last January, vegan brand Field Roast unveiled its vegan pepperoni which is also made with pea protein, features fat marbling to mimic its pork-derived counterpart, and is spiced with pieces of fennel, cracked black pepper, garlic, and paprika. Canadian chain...
Little Caesars® Hot-N-Ready® Classic Now Has 33% More Pepperoni
Little Caesars, the brand known for value, quality, and convenience, revealed a new and improved HOT-N-READY Classic Pepperoni pizza today. The new version of the brand's most popular pizza adds 33% more pepperoni and has the same high-quality ingredients. Beginning today, consumers nationwide can get the new and improved HOT-N-READY Classic Pepperoni pizza for the price of $5.55* for a limited time, at participating locations, plus tax.
"Change is good when it comes to giving our customers more of what they..."
Jollibee is Bringing Heat Inside and Out with Spicy Chickenjoy
International fast-food chain Jollibee®, world-famous for its next-level crispy and next-level juicy Chickenjoy, is continuing their fried chicken legacy with the introduction of the New Spicy Chickenjoy, available at all U.S. locations.
New Spicy Chickenjoy is next-level spicy from crunch to core. Each piece is marinated spicy to make the chicken flavorful to the bone and is hand-breaded with a signature savory batter to deliver spice in every bite—inside and out. The New Spicy Chickenjoy is the perfect balance of flavor and...
Checkers® & Rally's® Beefs (and Butters) Up a Classic for a Limited Time
Checkers & Rally's, an iconic and innovative drive-thru restaurant chain known for its bold and flavorful food at an exceptional value and its people-first attitude, today rolls out a fresh, innovative take on the boss of all burgers with the new Garlic & Butter Bacon Buford.
Available for a limited time starting Monday, Nov. 15, the Garlic & Butter Bacon Buford features two of Checker's & Rally's largest, 100 percent hand-seasoned beef hamburger patties topped with two slices of Swiss cheese, two slices of crispy bacon, crisp...
Chipotle Tests Pollo Asado In Select Markets
Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it is testing Pollo Asado, the first menu innovation with chicken in its 28-year history, at 95 restaurants across Cincinnati, Ohio and Sacramento, Calif. A new flavor of chicken to hit the grill, Pollo Asado features the unique taste of garlic, fresh lime, guajillo peppers and hand-chopped cilantro.
"Chicken has long been the top protein choice among Chipotle guests," said Chris Brandt, Chief Marketing Officer. "With the celebrated Adobo chicken recipe already on our menu, we decided it was time to add another option and..."
Church's Chicken® Brings Home the Bacon with Texas-Cut Bacon Chicken Sandwiches
Today, Church's Chicken® announced the newest gamechanger to its lineup with the Texas-Cut Bacon Chicken Sandwich. Starting on October 28, Church's® is giving bacon the home it deserves by bringing crispy, thick-cut applewood smoked bacon to its chicken sandwich – available in Original, Spicy or Smoky Honey-Q. It's no secret that Church's® is big on Bold Texas Flavor™, which is why they're dubbing the combination of Texas-Cut Bacon and the Church's Chicken Sandwich as "BFFs," "Best Flavors Forever" that is...
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Introduces the Chipotle Chicken Fajita Taco to Its Menu for a Limited Time
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop announces the addition of the Chipotle Chicken Fajita Taco to its menu, available for a limited time. The new taco brings a delicious blend of savory flavors, packed with fajita chicken and grilled peppers and onions, topped off with a smoky honey chipotle sauce.
The Chipotle Chicken Fajita Taco features house-marinated fajita chicken with grilled peppers and onions, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, Fuzzy’s signature garlic sauce and a honey chipotle sauce on a warm flour tortilla.
Guests will be...
The McRib is Back at McDonald's® USA This Fall
McRib fans to the front of the line; the tangy and tantalizing sandwich you've been waiting for all year is almost back! The legendary McRib will make its triumphant return to McDonald's® USA menus this fall - you can grab the craveable sandwich beginning Nov. 1 for a limited time at participating restaurants nationwide.
The McRib made its debut 40 years ago and quickly became a fan-favorite thanks to the unmistakable flavor of the seasoned boneless pork patty slathered in BBQ sauce and topped with slivered onions and...
The Habit Burger Grill Presents The Return of the Chicken Caprese on Garlic Ciabatta
The Habit Burger Grill, the California-based restaurant company renowned for its award-winning Charburgers, signature sandwiches, hand-cut salads and more is bringing back one of their most popular limited time offers, The Chicken Caprese on Garlic Ciabatta Sandwich. The Habit's signature chargrilled chicken breast combined with classic caprese ingredients makes for a sandwich worthy of a comeback.
"Our guests absolutely loved the Chicken Caprese on Garlic Ciabatta last year, so of course we had to bring it back! Made with the freshest ingredients and..."
What’s New at DQ Restaurants in Texas? Cheesy Steak Fingers Infused with Pepper Jack Cheese
Fans who have experienced steak fingers at DQ® restaurants in Texas know they are crispy, tender and oh so delicious. But now there’s a new twist on the classic steak finger with an unexpected flavor combination. Infused with creamy pepper jack cheese, the new Cheesy Steak Fingers are so good that fans better get them early as they are only available for a limited time.
“The Cheesy Steak Fingers are a must experience item before they disappear,” said Lou Romanus, CEO of the...
Chipotle Launches Smoked Brisket In The United States And Canada
Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced Smoked Brisket will be available at U.S. and Canada restaurants for a limited time. Made with Responsibly Raised® beef, the new protein is smoked to perfect tenderness, charred on the grill, and seasoned with Mexican spices, including fire-roasted jalapenos and chipotle chili peppers. The protein is hand-chopped and finished with a new Brisket sauce made with smoky chili peppers.
Brisket: The Chipotle WayBrisket has been consistently among the top requested menu items by Chipotle guests. Over the past two years, Chipotle's...
Nathan's Famous Launches New Bacon Cheddar Cheesy Burger in Celebration of National Cheeseburger Day
Nathan's Famous, Inc., the American tradition serving New York favorites for more than 100 years, announces the launch of its newest menu item, the Bacon Cheddar Cheesy Burger, just in time for National Cheeseburger Day on September 18. The burger features fresh Angus beef, Applewood smoked bacon, and Nathan’s hot, real cheddar cheese sauce.
"We continue to expand our menu based on our customers’ feedback and preferences, and this burger is no exception," states James Walker, Senior Vice President, Restaurants...
Einstein Bros. Bagels Brings Queso To The Breakfast Table With New Bacon & Queso Egg Sandwich
If you need an excuse to eat delicious, ooey-gooey, spicy-melty cheese in the morning, this is it. Einstein Bros.® Bagels continues to innovate the most important meal of the day with queso for breakfast! The Bacon & Queso Egg Sandwich will be available starting Sept. 16, ahead of National Queso Day on Sept. 20.
The Bacon & Queso Egg Sandwich features Einstein Bros. Bagels signature queso, updating a classic queso recipe to include double-whipped Jalapeno Salsa Shmear and spicy green chiles...
Wingstop Adds Thighs to Its Menu
Wingstop, the leading technology-focused restaurant brand with more than 1,600 locations worldwide, gained virality this summer with the announcement of its virtual brand, Thighstop. Starting today, thighs are officially joining the Wingstop menu, which means flavor fans can now enjoy delicious, crispy bone-in thighs and boneless Thigh Bites alongside Wingstop's famous wings, tenders, sides and dips.
"When launching Thighstop as a virtual brand, we knew our fans would be excited to try thighs," said Wingstop's Chief Growth Officer Marisa Carona. "The response was overwhelming, and...
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...
SONIC Combines Two Classic Favorites With New Grilled Cheese Burger
SONIC® Drive-In combines two of its classic menu items to create the new limited time only SONIC® Grilled Cheese Burger—a burger layered with extra cheese for a unique SONIC experience.
The SONIC® Grilled Cheese Burger starts with SONIC’s grilled cheese sandwich on Texas Toast, adding in a 100% pure beef patty, mustard, ketchup, and diced onions.
“A grilled cheese sandwich becomes even more craveable when you pair the flavor with a savory 100% pure beef patty and extra toppings,” said Scott Uehlein, vice president...
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...
Chipotle Tests Plant-Based Chorizo in Select Markets
Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced its latest menu innovation, Plant-Based Chorizo, is in test in Denver and Indianapolis. Plant-Based Chorizo is the brand's first new plant-based protein option since the debut of Sofritas® in 2014.
All Plant-Based, For RealOver the past year, Chipotle's culinary team has worked relentlessly to develop a Plant-Based Chorizo recipe that aligns with the brand's industry-leading Food with Integrity standards and delivers a craveable plant-based protein using only real ingredients.
Chipotle's breakthrough new Plant-Based Chorizo has the...
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...
Bojangles Launches All-New Bo's Chicken Sandwich
Bojangles announced the launch of an all-new, hand-breaded chicken sandwich.
”Bojangles knows a thing or two about delicious, perfectly flavored chicken served right, so who better to give fans a chicken sandwich that is sure to please,” said Chef Marshall Scarborough, vice president of menu and culinary innovation for Bojangles. “And we can say with confidence that Bo’s Chicken Sandwich is so cluckin’ good you know it could only be Bojangles.”
“Our team had a blast perfecting this sandwich, and...
Popeyes Says Goodbye to the Chicken Wars as Their New Game Changing Nuggets Hit Stores Nationwide
Popeyes announced its new Chicken Nuggets are now available in restaurants in Canada, the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Fans of Popeyes can now enjoy the same taste and quality from the iconic Chicken Sandwich, but now in pieces. With that Popeyes says goodbye to the chicken wars by offering piece, 8 piece.
“The launch of our Chicken Sandwich was incredible, and we’re humbled by the amount of love and positive reviews, but at the same time many claimed that it started the chicken wars. Now, it’s time to say goodbye to the chicken wars and celebrate our new Nuggets, because...
Popeyes Adds Chicken Nuggets to the Menu as Brand Looks to Make Another Splash
Is another chicken item war on the horizon?
Popeyes has once again made headlines with the introduction of chicken nuggets to its meu on July 27. The new nuggets will feature “the quality and flavors” of its hit Chicken Sandwich, just in bite-sized form.
Back in 2019, the Chicken Sandwich Wars turned into a cultural phenomenon. Foodmarket.com and Urner Barry covered the saga at length but two years later the repercussions are still being felt.
Since the spat, several companies have entered the fold...
Little Caesars to Offer Plant-based Pepperoni
Little Caesars is launching the Planteroni Pizza, made with the new Field Roast Plant-Based Pepperoni, to many of its stores across the United States.
The new pizza option will be available at Little Caesars locations in the cities and suburbs of Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, San Francisco, Portland, Oregon, and the chain’s hometown of Detroit. Customers can choose from a regular Planteroni™ Pizza for $8.49, a Slices-N-Sticks product consisting of half Planteroni™ Pizza and half cheesy breadsticks for $8, or add Field Roast™ Plant-Based Pepperoni as a topping on any custom pizza...
General Assembly Pizza and Impossible Foods Kick Off Relationship with Impossible Pizza Launch
General Assembly Holdings Limited launches the new Impossible Pizza. The naturally leavened pie features a New York-inspired flavour profile and fennel-spiced Impossible™ product, made from plants. The collaboration marks Canada’s first wood-fired Impossible Pizza experience and kicks off a multi-channel brand relationship. The Impossible Pizza will be available to Torontonians at GA Pizza’s waterfront patio location—a summer-long satellite restaurant at Harbourfront Centre’s The Slip.
Khaleed Juma, GA Pizza’s Chief Marketing Officer, is ecstatic about the synergy between the brands, and says: “The relationship between GA Pizza and Impossible Foods paves the way for a new wave of menu innovation. Our Pizza People are hungry for flexitarian options that don’t sacrifice quality, nutrition, and most importantly...
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...
Wingstop Launches Virtual Kitchen Thighstop
Thighstop, the new thigh concept with more than 1,400 locations nationwide, is addressing consumer's fear of a chicken wing shortage head-on by hacking chicken wing brand Wingstop and giving thighs the attention they deserve. Beginning today, fans nationwide can enjoy tasty new options available on Thighstop.com and through the brand's exclusive delivery partner DoorDash.
With a focused menu designed to keep taste buds craving more, Thighstop encourages guests to try thighs, which are one of the juiciest and most flavorful parts of the chicken. Chicken fans can now enjoy delicious, crispy thighs, served naked and sauced and tossed in 11 bold, distinctive and craveable flavors – the same 11 flavors that catapulted Wingstop to flavor fame. In addition to bone-in thighs...
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...
Plant-Based Protein Shipments to U.S. Restaurants and Foodservice Outlets Grew by 60% in April
As pandemic-related restaurant restrictions lift across the U.S., chefs and foodservice operators are refreshing their menu offerings and recipes. Plant-based proteins are one of the food categories they’re using to help update, reports The NPD Group. Shipments of plant-based proteins from foodservice distributors to commercial restaurants increased by +60% in April 2021 compared to the same month a year ago, when the category realized declines because of pandemic restrictions.
Shipments are up +16% compared to April 2019, according to NPD’s SupplyTrack®, which tracks every product shipped from leading distributors to more than...
Nathan’s Famous Launches Brand’s First Natural Casing Footlong Hot Dog
Nathan’s Famous announced the creation of its first footlong hot dog. The footlong hot dog features all the makings of a Nathan’s Famous hot dog – the natural casing and the Nathan’s Famous secret spice recipe.
"Indulgence isn’t a bad thing, especially when it comes to a Nathan’s Famous hot dog,” states James Walker, Senior Vice President, Restaurants. “Whether you like it plain, or with just a little Nathan’s Famous mustard, or you go all out with our world-famous chili cheese dog, a Nathan’s Famous hot dog is certainly...
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...
Taco Bell Brings Back the Naked Chicken Chalupa to Disrupt the Chicken Wars
Taco Bell is providing fans with a different way to enjoy chicken. Starting on May 20, consumers nationwide will be able to enjoy Taco Bell's Naked Chicken Chalupa.
"When you look at the industry, you see the same sandwich being introduced as new everywhere, but at Taco Bell, being a follower isn't our philosophy. We've listened to our fans and we're confident this is the perfect time to bring back this fan-favorite," said Liz Matthews, Taco Bell's Chief Food Innovation Officer. "The Naked Chicken Chalupa is just the beginning of Taco Bell's chicken offerings this year with...
Burger King Enters the Chicken Sandwich Wars with New Ch'King
The new Burger King hand breaded Ch’King will be available nationwide starting June 3.
Burger King first announced that it would be replacing its chicken sandwich with a new version in February. The hand breaded Ch'King comes in original or spicy, is made with a signature sauce, and served with pickles on a potato bun.
Burger King has been working on the new sandwich since 2019. The quick service restaurant has been testing out the sandwich in some markets to make sure that the new product...
Pizza Hut Canada Partners with Beyond Meat to Launch Beyond Italian Sausage
Beyond Meat and Pizza Hut announced an expansion of their global partnership to bring new plant-based protein menu items to Canada. Beginning today, fans in the west end of the GTA (Mississauga, Etobicoke, Milton and Oakville) and Edmonton can order three new offerings featuring Beyond Italian Sausage™ Crumble. The new Beyond Meat topping is exclusive to Pizza Hut and available on pizzahut.ca or through the Pizza Hut app for contactless delivery or pick-up.
The delicious new menu items include...
Carl's Jr. and Hardee's Ramp Up Chicken Menu with Three New Sandwiches
Carl's Jr. and Hardee's are introducing their brand-new Hand-Breaded Chicken Sandwich platform, reimagining their famous Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders into three new builds available to consumers nationwide. Known for their impossible to ignore flavors and high-quality food innovations — from the first-ever 4/20 CBD burger at Carl's Jr. to the early introduction of Beyond Meat — they are no strangers to Hand-Breaded Chicken since launching their tenders more than a decade ago, with over 118 million sold per year on average.
Carl's Jr. and Hardee's Hand-Breaded Chicken sandwiches are brought to life at each location, with 100% premium white meat breast filet that is marinated in 13 signature seasonings and dipped in...
Wendy's Launches New Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburger for National Hamburger Month
Wendy's is kicking off National Hamburger Month with the introduction of the Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburger – a new addition to the Made to Crave sandwich lineup.
"Wendy's is the home of the number one bacon cheeseburger* for a reason: our beef is always fresh, never frozen and our Applewood smoked bacon is cooked in an oven daily to bring the Wendy's signature quality and flavor that we feel is a cut above the competition," said John Li, Vice President of Culinary Innovation for The Wendy's Company. "For our Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburger, our culinary innovation team created...
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...
Nathan’s Famous Partners with Meatless Farm to Launch Gourmet Plant-Based Hot Dog
Nathan’s Famous announced its partnership with Meatless Farm to bring consumers the industry’s first gourmet, plant-based hot dog. To celebrate, select Nathan’s Famous restaurants will give away one free Nathan’s Meatless Farm hot dog to all customers who wish to try it for a limited time. The partnership brings to market Nathan’s 100+ year old secret recipe, a favorite of consumers all over the world, crafted with clean and simple plant-based ingredients. Starting in April, the Nathan’s Famous Plant-Based Hot Dog by Meatless Farm will be available exclusively on the Nathan’s online retail portal on Shopify, and then rolled out in select locations in May.
"As plant-based menu items continue to grow in popularity, we are excited to launch the first ever gourmet, plant-based hot dog, a product created not just for our flexitarian, vegetarian, and vegan customers, but...
Home Chef and Skinnytaste Team Up to Meet the Surge in Home Cooks' Demand for Fresh, Easy Meals
By all accounts, the pandemic-driven surge in home cooking is here to stay, which inspired Home Chef®, one of the nation's largest meal kit delivery brands and Skinnytaste®, the popular recipe and cookbook franchise founded by chef Gina Homolka, to join forces in making fresh, simple, delicious home cooked meals even more accessible.
In fact, both brands have seen their customers and communities grow exponentially over the past year, and with it a demand for a wider variety of lighter, more balanced meal choices.
"Home Chef has always wanted to collaborate with a partner who shared our values and ideas when it comes to...
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...
Nathan's Famous Partner with Ghost Kitchens Brands to Open 100 Locations by End of 2021
Nathan’s Famous announced its partnership with Ghost Kitchen Brands (GKB). The partnership with Nathan’s Famous and Wings of New York, Nathan’s recently launched virtual kitchen brand, will help Nathan’s continue to bring their new menu to consumers across US and Canada with 60 non-traditional locations to the U.S. and 40 to Canada by the end of 2021. Many of these new kitchens will live inside Walmart stores offering some seating, and all locations included in the deal will offer carry-out and third-party delivery.
"We’re excited to continue our expansion across the US and Canada, and this partnership with Ghost Kitchen Brands grows our footprint even more," states James Walker, Senior Vice President, Restaurants. “We look forward to beginning this journey with GKB in their current kitchens and cities, with hopes of...
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...
Nathan’s Famous Adds to Hand-Dipped Chicken Sandwich Menu
Nathan’s Famous announced new additions to its recently evolved line of chicken sandwiches. The two new additions, the Nashville Hot Fried Chicken Sandwich and Sticky, Spicy Grilled Chicken Sandwich, will feature the more flavorful boneless, skinless chicken thigh, unique to QSR and Fast Casual restaurants, but popular with chefs and foodies across the country.
"We continue to evolve our menu based on customer preference and feedback, and the two new chicken sandwiches are no exception,” states James Walker, Senior Vice President, Restaurants. “After a great deal of research and development, we found that the use of the chicken thigh gave...
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...
Applebee's Announces Return of Irresist-A-Bowls
Applebee’s Irresist-A-Bowls are making their return. Now and for a limited time, guests can enjoy their favorite bowls available for Dine-In, To Go or Delivery.
Each of Applebee’s Irresist-A-Bowls come with abundant toppings and are served up in different flavor combinations. Consumers can try the new Grilled Chicken & Spinach Alfredo Bowl or celebrate the return of our Crispy Orange Chicken Bowl.
The menu includes...
Nathan’s Famous Launches Value Menu Featuring Old Favorites and New Items
Nathan’s Famous announced the launch of its new value menu, featuring items from the current menu, as well as new recipes, all between $4 and $7. The launch of the Nathan’s Famous value menu provides expanded premium menu options for value conscious customers, making Nathan’s Famous more accessible for any occasion and any budget.
"For more than 100 years, Nathan’s Famous has been one of America’s top destinations for great food fast, and our goal with this new value menu launch is to make it accessible too,” states James Walker, Senior Vice President, Restaurants. “We’ve spent the past two years evolving the menu to focus on premium offerings that are memorable, craveable and Instagrammable. These new value menu items offer that same level of appeal, but...
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...
Blue Apron Partners with Chef Roy Yamaguchi to Create a Hawaii-Inspired Menu
Blue Apron is partnering with James Beard award-winning Chef Roy Yamaguchi to bring his culinary expertise to kitchens around the country. Available to order starting today, the Blue Apron x Chef Roy Yamaguchi menu features Hawaii-inspired recipes, representing a blend of French and Japanese cooking traditions using fresh ingredients typically found in Hawaii cuisine.
"I am thrilled to partner with Blue Apron to shine a spotlight on Hawaii-inspired cuisine and its roots," said Chef Roy Yamaguchi. "In collaboration with their culinary team, we created recipes that highlight...
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...
Burger King and Impossible Foods Announce the Canadian Launch of the Impossible Whopper
Burger King and Impossible Foods announced that, after a successful U.S. launch, the Impossible Whopper is landing in Canada. Participating Burger King restaurants across Ontario will begin serving the Impossible Whopper March 22, with a cross-Canada rollout coming on April 12.
Burger King is the first quick-service restaurant in Canada to put the award-winning, plant-based Impossible Foods patty on its menu nationwide...
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...
Chipotle Launches New Hand-Crafted Quesadilla as Its First Customizable Digital-Only EntreeChipotle Mexican Grill announced it is introducing a new Hand-Crafted Quesadilla as a digital-only menu item on March 11. The Quesadilla marks the first customizable entrée Chipotle will add to its menu since it introduced a salad option 17 years ago.
"We're so excited to answer the call from fans and introduce one of the most highly anticipated menu items in our brand's history," said Chris Brandt, Chief Marketing Officer. "The Hand-Crafted Quesadilla brings so many new possibilities to our menu, and fans will love exploring fresh flavor combinations through...
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...
Beyond Meat Announces Global Strategic Agreements with McDonald's and Yum! Brands
Following the release of its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2020, Beyond Meat announced a global strategic partnership with McDonald's and Yum! Brands to offer signature plant-based menu items.
As part of the three-year global agreement with McDonald's, Beyond Meat will be the preferred supplier for the patty in the McPlant, a new plant-based burger being tested in select McDonald's markets globally. Additionally, Beyond Meat and McDonald's will explore developing other plant-based menu items together, including options for chicken, pork, and eggs, as part of McDonald's broader McPlant platform.
The announcement further solidifies the relationship between McDonald's and Beyond Meat, which began in 2019 with the test of...
Denny's Adds New Options to Melts and Bowls Lineup
Denny's is adding all new options to its Melts & Bowls lineup for the ultimate comfort food experience.
With the addition of four new Melts & Bowls, guests have even more combinations and flavors to choose from, truly offering something for every palate. The new selections are available nationwide and include...
Wendy's New Jalapeño Popper Chicken Sandwich Heats Up the Chicken Wars
Wendy's unveiled two new bold menu items, the Wendy's Jalapeño Popper Chicken Sandwich and Salad, to its already-stacked chicken lineup.
"Inspired by classic jalapeño poppers fans know and love, my culinary team took the familiar flavors of the beloved appetizer and gave it a unique Wendy's twist only we can deliver," said John Li, Vice President of Culinary Innovation for The Wendy's Company. "The new Jalapeño Popper Chicken Sandwich and Salad brings Wendy's fans a bold, innovative flavor they can't get anywhere else. Each bite is graced by the perfect balance of...
Nathan's Famous Launches Brand's First Plant-Based Hamburger Patty with Impossible Foods
Nathan’s Famous, Inc., announced its partnership with Impossible Foods to bring consumers the brand’s first gourmet, hamburger patty made from plants. The Impossible Foods patty made from plants for meat lovers adds to the Nathan’s Famous New York-themed fresh angus burger line-up.
“At Nathan’s Famous, we are always focused on offering our customers food that is memorable, craveable and instagrammable and this announcement does just that, while making our menu...
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...
Popeyes Keeps Sandwich Wars Going With Introduction of Cajun Flounder Sandwich For Lent
This year for Lent Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is introducing a new contender in their “Chicken Sandwich Wars” … their Cajun Flounder Sandwich.
In 2020 the popular restaurant chain brought in a limited time Buttermilk Biscuit Shrimp offering for Lent. In 2021 they’re switching things up by providing consumers with a chicken sandwich replacement.
Beginning February 11, Popeyes customers across the nation can indulge in the Cajun Flounder Sandwich for just $4.49. The limited time Cajun Flounder Sandwich stars a fried filet on top of...
Auntie Anne's Introduces New Pretzel Rollups Featuring Bacon and Turkey
Auntie Anne's is here to help consumers shake up mealtime with something different. With more than 40% of consumers feeling challenged in having to plan different meals on a daily basis, Auntie Anne's is taking away the stress of mealtime and adding golden pretzels, cheddar, bacon, and turkey to everyday meals and snacks with all-new Pretzel Rollups.
Available in Turkey & Cheddar and Bacon & Cheddar, the Pretzel Rollups are made for pairing with dips and beverages, and no prep is required. Delivery is also available through...
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...
Church's Chicken Unveils New Signature Texas Tenders
Church's Chicken announced the arrival of its newest boneless chicken category offering: Church's Texas Tenders. Starting Jan. 28, Church's new Texas Tenders will be a permanent menu item, meeting the growing demand for high-quality boneless chicken and on-the-go menu options following the successful launch of the Church's Chicken Sandwich in October 2020. The Texas Tenders are big and bold, taking inspiration from Church's home state of Texas, and are debuting in the Tenders 'N Shrimp meal, a limited-time combo offering available for Lent.
"The evolution of our tenders with the introduction of our new Texas Tenders gives our guests even more reasons to choose Church's," said Brian Gies, chief marketing officer for Church's. "With the new Texas Tenders 'N Shrimp meal, we're combining two menu items packed with...
National Restaurant Association Releases 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry Report
The National Restaurant Association released its 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry Report, which measures the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the restaurant industry and examines the current state of key pillars including technology and off-premises, labor, and menu trends across segments based on a survey of 6,000 restaurant operators and consumer preferences from a survey of 1,000 adults. The report also provides a look at the path to recovery for chains, franchises, and independents and the year of transition ahead.
Key findings regarding the impact of coronavirus on the restaurant industry 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...
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