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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...
ANALYSIS: The Tug of War Between Chicken Wings and Boneless Breasts
During October of last year, we explored the growing price disparity between jumbo boneless breast quotations and jumbo-sized whole wings...
ANALYSIS: Boneless Chicken Breasts Blaze the Seasonal Trail
Since the year’s outset, several key lines within the chicken white meat complex have experienced a considerable uptick in...
Taco Bell Announces Return of Potatoes and Plans to Launch Beyond Meat Menu Items
Taco Bell is starting fresh in 2021, especially with its vegetarian fans. The brand is kicking the year off with the return of potatoes and exploring a new plant-based protein with Beyond Meat.
After a brief hiatus from menus due to Taco Bell's menu simplification efforts last year, Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes and the Spicy Potato Soft Taco will be back starting March 11. Taco Bell is also teaming up with Beyond Meat to create an innovative new plant-based protein that will be tested in the next year. Taco Bell chose to team up with...
JUST Egg Product to Be Served at Leading Fast-Food Chain in China
Eat Beyond Global Holdings Inc., an investment issuer focused on the global plant-based and alternative food sector, is announcing that Dicos, one of China's leading fast-food chains, has added Eat Beyond portfolio company Eat Just Inc.'s product JUST Egg to its menu at over 500 locations.
Dicos is one of the largest foodservice companies in China, with 2,600 stores across 32 provinces and autonomous regions serving 600 million consumers annually.
Dicos' conventional egg patty will be replaced with...
International Dairy Queen On Track to Meet Cage-Free Egg Commitment in 2025
International Dairy Queen Corporation (IDQ) announced it is on track to meet its cage-free egg commitment in the U.S. and Canada for shell eggs, liquid eggs and DQ® proprietary products by 2025.
“In 2016, we made a commitment to animal welfare when we announced our transition to cagefree eggs in the U.S. and Canada by 2025,” said Steve Min, Executive Vice President of Research and Development at International Dairy Queen. “As we continue to make progress toward our goal, we reduced...
Nathan’s Famous Expands Through Third Party Delivery to Canada
Nathan’s Famous, Inc., announces the expansion of their menu offerings to Victoria, Canada. The menu is available to consumers through Uber Eats, DoorDash and SkipTheDishes third-party delivery only. Nathan’s Famous is offering its classic hot dog and fries as well as its expanded menu featuring premium burgers, hand-dipped chicken favorites and more.
“We are excited to bring the Nathan’s Famous menu to Victoria, Canada for the first time in the brand’s history,” said James Walker, SVP, Restaurants. “We expect the brand to resonate well with...
Del Taco Restaurants Announces Preliminary Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 Results
Del Taco Restaurants, Inc., reported preliminary unaudited fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020 sales results for the 16 and 52 week periods ending December 29, 2020. The Company also provided a liquidity and share repurchase update and announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the initiation of a quarterly cash dividend.
John D. Cappasola, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Del Taco, commented, “We are very pleased to report a system-wide comparable restaurant sales increase of 3.8% during the fourth quarter consisting of positive results at both company-operated and franchised restaurants. We are proud of our restaurant teams, franchisees and support center staff for...
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:
U.S. Restaurant Industry Ends 2020 Making Its Way Out of the Steep Declines Caused by Pandemic
The U.S. restaurant industry closed one of the most unpopular years in history moving its way out of the steepest declines the industry has experienced since the Great Recession, reports The NPD Group. Customer transaction declines at major restaurant chains in December were down -10% compared to same period year ago, a 27-point improvement from April, the height of the shelter-at-home and restaurant dine-in closure mandates, when transactions declined by -37% from a year ago, according to NPD’s CREST® Performance Alerts, which provides a rapid weekly view of chain-specific transactions and share trends for 75 quick service, fast casual, midscale, and casual dining chains representing...
Kentucky Fried Chicken Introduces New Chicken Sandwich
Kentucky Fried Chicken kicked off 2021 with the introduction of its best chicken sandwich ever. The new KFC Chicken Sandwich is available in select markets and will be available seven days a week in all 4,000 KFC restaurants in the U.S. by the end of February.
The new sandwich features a quarter-pound, all-white meat, double-breaded chicken breast filet, toasted buttery brioche bun, thicker pickles, and...
Burger King Evolves Visual Brand Identity Marking the First Complete Rebrand in Over 20 Years
Burger King is making a leap forward by introducing a completely new visual design that will be present throughout all touchpoints of the guest experience. Inspired by real and delicious food, the more modern look marks the first complete rebrand in over 20 years and will more authentically represent Burger King values. The announcement signals a commitment to digital-first expression and recent improvements to taste and food quality, through the removal of colors, flavors, and preservatives from artificial sources from menu items, as well as...
Starbucks Announces Chief Financial Officer Succession
Starbucks Corporation announced that after a more than 35-year career in finance, Patrick Grismer has decided to retire from his position as executive vice president and chief financial officer (cfo) of the Company effective February 1, 2021. Rachel Ruggeri, senior vice president of Finance, Americas and a 16-year Starbucks partner, will succeed Grismer as executive vice president and cfo, effective February 1, 2021. Ruggeri will report to Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and chief executive officer. Grismer will remain with the company as an advisor to Johnson through May 2, 2021, to ensure a smooth transition.
“I want to thank Pat for his leadership and his many contributions to Starbucks through this period of unprecedented change and transformative growth. He has played an important role helping...
Britain’s Drive Thru Spend Up 45% September to November 2020
The trend for ordering food and drinks from our cars at Britain’s growing number of drive-thru restaurants soared from September to November 2020 according to global information company The NPD Group. There were 121 million visits to Britain’s 2,000 quick service restaurants (QSR) that offer drive-thru in those three months in 2020, a 14% increase on the same period last year. Spend was up 45% to £723m over this time frame, with consumers tending to place larger-than-average orders at the drive-thru window.
According to footfall analysis from NPD’s SnapMyEats data, the growth in drive-thru in these three months was a result of consumers switching from eating in and takeaway options during lockdowns and tiering, rather than...
McDonald's to Launch Three New Chicken Sandwiches Next Month
McDonald's is launching three chicken sandwiches beginning February 24, joining long-time sandwich favorites like the Big Mac, Quarter Pounder, Egg McMuffin, and Filet-O-Fish. The new options include a Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, and the Deluxe Chicken Sandwich.
McDonald's began testing the Crispy Chicken Sandwich in Houston and Knoxville, Tennessee, last year. The sandwich is made of a fried chicken filet served on a potato roll, topped with butter and pickles. The spicy option comes with a spicy pepper sauce, and the deluxe sandwich comes with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and mayo.
In November, Joe Erlinger, President of McDonald's USA, said a new crispy chicken sandwich would...
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...
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...
REPORTER: Egg Product Markets Rally to Second Half Highs
Though retail demand for shell eggs has run significantly above average since the peak pandemic period, foodservice demand has struggled to return to normal volumes. As much as 22% of all U.S. production is destined for this channel, around 7% being shell eggs and the rest going into the sector in the form of egg products.
Processors have been forced to reduce outputs over the last eight months, evident in the USDA’s Eggs Processed Under Federal Inspection report, which showed total cases broken running at about 1.1 million a week from...
Burger King is Launching a Dollar Menu, Reviving the Fast-Food Value Classic
Burger King is launching a dollar menu as many Americans struggle financially during the pandemic-induced recession.
On Monday, Burger King announced it would debut a $1 Your Way menu on December 28. The menu will consist of four items priced at $1: a bacon cheeseburger, a Chicken Jr. sandwich, fries, and a soft drink.
"The dollar menu is back," Ellie Doty, Burger King North America's chief marketing officer, told Business Insider, adding that a lot of customers...
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...
Inspire Brands Completes Acquisition of Dunkin’ Brands
Inspire Brands announced the completion of its $11.3 billion acquisition of Dunkin’ Brands Group.
With the addition of Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins, Inspire now encompasses nearly 32,000 restaurants across more than 60 countries generating $26 billion in annual system sales, making it the second-largest restaurant company in the U.S. by both system sales and locations. Inspire’s family of brands includes Arby’s, Baskin-Robbins, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dunkin’, Jimmy John’s, Rusty Taco, and SONIC Drive-In.
“We are very excited to welcome the Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins brands into the Inspire family. Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins are category leaders and two of...
Church's Chicken Taps Mitch Langston as New VP of Franchise Development for U.S. Operations
Following substantial success in growing and expanding on an international level, Church's Chicken, has promoted Mitch Langston to Vice President of Franchise Development for the U.S. The move was driven by Langston's leadership during the rebrand and franchise development efforts for the Church's international sister brands, Texas Chicken and Church's Texas Chicken, which took place across 25 countries.
Langston helped successfully launch one of the most comprehensive redesigns in the brands' histories – including new logo designs and iconography, new international restaurant design, menu, uniforms, packaging, new integrated marketing and...
El Pollo Loco Unveils New L.A. Mex Restaurant Design to Meet Evolving Customer Demand
El Pollo Loco unveiled its new restaurant of the future designed to enhance off-premise convenience powered by a more robust and frictionless digital experience.
The re-imagined El Pollo Loco restaurants have been inspired by the changing habits of consumers to enjoy a more digital-forward and contactless off-premise experience that was inevitably sped up by...
Despite COVID Surges, US Restaurant Transaction Declines in November Improved Slightly from October
Even with COVID cases surging throughout the U.S. and some states reducing restaurant capacity, customer transaction declines at major restaurant chains improved in November from October to -8% compared to a year ago, a 1-point gain from October’s -9% decline, reports The NPD Group. This improvement was aided by major quick service restaurant chains’ proficiency in offering off-premises services, like carry-out, drive-thru, and delivery. Transaction declines at quick service restaurant chains, which represent the bulk of industry transactions, were down -7%...
Starbucks Announces the Appointment of Mellody Hobson as Non-Executive Chair of the Board
Starbucks Corporation announced that Mellody Hobson will serve as the company’s next non-executive chair of its board of directors starting in March 2021. Hobson, who first joined the board as an independent director in 2005 and was appointed as the board’s independent vice chair in 2018, will succeed Myron (Mike) E. Ullman, III. Ullman, who has served on the board since 2003 and has served as its chair since 2018, will retire from the board in March 2021, and Hobson will assume the role of chair in connection with the Starbucks Annual Meeting of Shareholders in March 2021.
“It has been remarkable to be a part of the Starbucks board for nearly 18 years as this enduring company has grown with a mindset of prioritizing its people and...
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...
Subway Goes All In on Online Catering
ezCater is making it easier to get Subway restaurant Footlongs for corporate meetings and gatherings. ezCater announced the launch of Subway's new online catering platform as part of the sandwich chain's overall focus to create even greater digital convenience for guests.
The new Subway catering platform will allow guests, particularly businesses, to make large orders for any occasion from participating Subway restaurants...
Wendy’s, Rebel Foods, and Sierra Nevada Restaurants Announce Strategic Partnership in India
The Wendy’s Company, Rebel Foods and Sierra Nevada Restaurants today announced a strategic partnership to expand Wendy’s presence in India over the next decade. As part of the expansion plans, Rebel Foods will partner with Sierra Nevada Restaurants to develop and operate approximately 250 Wendy’s cloud kitchens across India, and Sierra Nevada will develop 150 traditional Wendy’s restaurants.
Rebel Foods is an operator of online restaurants with over 300 cloud kitchens across India, UAE, South East Asia and the United Kingdom. Sierra Nevada Restaurants launched Wendy’s in India in 2015 and
Jack In the Box Reports Fourth Quarter FY 2020 Earnings
Jack in the Box Inc. reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 27, 2020.
Jack in the Box system same-store sales increased 12.2 percent for the quarter. Company same-store sales increased 9.6 percent in the fourth quarter driven by average check growth of 21.9 percent while transactions decreased 12.3 percent. Improvement in company same-store sales as compared with...
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...
Subway Launches Contactless Curbside Nationwide
Subway is introducing Contactless Curbside pick-up available nationwide at participating Subway restaurants, so guests have a safe and easy option to get their favorite Footlong sandwiches when and how they want them. Since summer, Subway has brought curbside delivery to more than 11,000 restaurants. Curbside orders are even sealed with a tamper proof sticker and delivered on a tray, ensuring a safe and completely contactless experience.
Requesting Contactless Curbside can be done through placing an order on the Subway App or website. From there, one of Subway's Sandwich Artists makes the order fresh. When the guest arrives...
Church's Chicken Reinvents Brand Standards Measurement
When Church's Chicken re-imagined its restaurant-level brand standards measurement program to comply with COVID-19 travel restrictions, the goal was simple – make sure restaurants keep a high level of quality and service, without in-person visits from regional management and field teams. In just 60 days, the Global OPS Services team transformed the 5+ hour in-person Operation Excellence Review (OER) into a streamlined, Remote OER visitation that can now be implemented remotely. This enhanced evaluation of a restaurant's operation provides operators a detailed action plan with specific recommendations on improving brand standards. Since these Virtual OERs are much shorter than the standard visit, the brand can now conduct more visits more frequently, allowing the Operations team in the domestic and international business to provide added support for their franchisees.
"COVID-19 has caused us to innovate in so many ways. We realized that we can't send our field teams to the restaurants like we've done for years – we had to figure out how to conduct our visits remotely. These virtual visitations allow the field team to measure the operations using our proprietary mobile app called...
Nathan’s Famous announced the expansion of their menu offerings to Vancouver, Canada. The menu will be available to consumers through Uber Eats third-party delivery only now, and then in approximately two weeks SkinTheDishes and then DoorDash. Nathan’s Famous will offer its classic hot dog and fries as well as its expanded menu featuring premium burgers, hand-dipped chicken favorites and more.
“We are excited to bring the Nathan’s Famous menu to Vancouver, British Columbia for the first time in the brand’s history,” said James Walker, SVP, Restaurants. “We are confident that the brand will...
Pizza Hut Announces Partnership with Beyond Meat
Pizza Hut has announced a partnership with Beyond Meat, to bring a plant-based meat pizza to the masses with the nationwide launch of new Beyond Pan Pizzas, the Beyond Italian Sausage Pizza and the Great Beyond Pizza.
This first-in the-category national launch makes plant-based meat pizzas more widely available everywhere, giving consumers more choices and even more reasons to love Pizza Hut.
The new Beyond Pan Pizzas include...
Nathan’s Famous Launches New Chicken Wings and Waffles Virtual Concept, Wings of New York
Nathan’s Famous, Inc., the American tradition serving New York favorites for more than 100 years, announced today the launch of its new brand, Wings of New York. Wings of New York is a virtual concept offering New York style wings as well as Harlem-style chicken and waffles. The roll out of this concept will only be available through third-party delivery initially in the New York Tri-State area, with expansion plans across the US in the coming weeks...
Papa John’s Announces Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results
Papa John’s International, Inc. announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 27, 2020.
“Thanks to our focus on our strategic priorities, our commitment to an innovation mindset, and our dedication to supporting our team members and franchisees, Papa John’s delivered another quarter of outstanding results,” said President & CEO Rob Lynch. “Double-digit comparable sales growth, dramatically higher earnings and robust free cash flow all reflect a winning strategy and execution that have helped us...
Consumers Likely to Continue Increased Usage of Takeout and Delivery
With indoor dining restaurant traffic significantly curtailed due to COVID-19 restrictions and concerns, the availability of takeout and delivery options became more important for consumers and restaurants. Many foodservice operators began offering these options recently, and consumers have increased their usage of takeout and delivery.
According to the National Restaurant Association, the uptick in takeout and delivery frequency was visible across each of the three major dayparts in recent months. The Association reported that 66% of consumers said they ordered takeout or delivery for dinner last week. That is up from 58% during the last week of February.
The trend was similar for lunch. About 47% of consumers ordered takeout or delivery for lunch last week, a level that has...
ANALYSIS: Egg Product Market Comes to LifeThough retail demand for shell eggs has run significantly above norms since the peak pandemic period, foodservice demand has struggled to...
Burger King Opens 300th Restaurant in Canada
Burger King has proudly opened its 300th restaurant in Canada, located in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
The new restaurant features Burger King's latest design elements, interactive features such as outdoor digital menu boards, a freshly designed interior and an eye-catching newly designed exterior.
"We're extremely excited to be opening our 300th Burger King restaurant in Canada," says Chris Finazzo, President, Burger King Americas.
"This is a big step in our journey to offer more and more Canadians close and convenient access to...
Wendy's Reports Third Quarter Results
The Wendy's Company reported unaudited results for the third quarter ended September 27, 2020.
"In the third quarter we posted our highest Global same-restaurant sales growth performance in over 15 years on top of outsized growth in the prior year." President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Penegor said. "In addition to these very strong sales, our restaurant economic model continues to strengthen, with Company-operated restaurant margin expansion compared to the prior year, despite significant commodity headwinds. We remain focused on our goal of delivering efficient, accelerated growth behind...
Starbucks Reports Q4 Fiscal 2020 Results
Starbucks Corporation reported financial results for its 13-week fiscal fourth quarter ended September 27, 2020. GAAP results in fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2019 include items that are excluded from non-GAAP results. Please refer to the reconciliation of GAAP measures to non-GAAP measures at the end of this release for more information.
“I am very pleased with our strong finish to fiscal 2020, underpinned by a faster-than-expected recovery in our two lead growth markets, the U.S. and China. These results demonstrate the continued strength and relevance of our brand, the effectiveness of...
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...
Dunkin' Brands Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results
Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., the parent company of Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins, reported results for the third quarter ended September 26, 2020.
"Our strong third quarter results are a testament to our continued focus on the Dunkin' U.S. Blueprint for Growth and demonstrate that our high-frequency, low-touch, affordable-ticket business performs well in any environment. In response to changing consumer patterns, we moved quickly to adapt our menu, introducing new beverages and snacking items designed to appeal to both morning and afternoon traffic, as well as younger consumers. We also doubled down on digital, leveraging...
The COVID-19 Pandemic Causes Eating Patterns in America to Take a Sharp Turn
Annually, The NPD Group collects a year’s worth of data from its daily tracking of how U.S. consumers eat away from and in home and compiles the topline trend into a report that’s been called "Eating Patterns in America" for the last 35 years. This year’s recently released Eating Patterns in America captures how in mid-March, the daily rhythms of consumers’ lives, including their eating patterns, were suddenly disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
“With mandated shelter-at-home and restaurant dine-in restrictions across most of the country during the pandemic, we have had few options other than to prepare most of our meals at home,” says David Portalatin, NPD food industry advisor and author of Eating Patterns in America. “Working from home, schooling at home, and preparing...
Yum China Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results
Yum China Holdings, Inc. reported unaudited results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.
Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak and Mitigation Efforts
Third quarter operations improved, although still impacted by reduced traffic at transportation and tourist locations, the delayed and shortened school holiday and the other lingering effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. Dine-in volume has been recovering, while delivery and takeaway remained popular options. The Company's primary focus continues to be safety, efficiency and driving traffic. We launched attractive digital and membership campaigns with...
Pilgrim's Pride Reports Third Quarter Financial Results
Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation reports third quarter 2020 financial results.
Third Quarter Highlights
White Castle to Expand Implementations with Miso Robotics
White Castle announced plans to expand work with Miso Robotics – creators of autonomous grilling and frying kitchen assistant, Flippy – to target up to 10 new locations, in addition to the initial testing location, following completion of their current pilot. The announcement comes following early results at one test location. The move will accelerate the adoption of artificial intelligence and robotics in the restaurant industry, critical technologies needed to tackle new pandemic challenges such as social distancing in kitchens, takeout and delivery demand, and higher standards for health and safety via contactless solutions.
White Castle will implement the new commercially available version of Flippy Robot-on-a-Rail (ROAR), announced earlier this month, into kitchens to enhance production speeds, empower teams behind the counter and maintain consistent quality and taste – while continuing to ensure...
Restaurant Brands International Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results
Restaurant Brands International Inc. reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.
Jose Cil, Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant Brands International Inc. ("RBI") commented, "Our results this quarter are once again a testament to the incredibly hard work our team members, restaurant owners and employees have put in to re-open our restaurants and continue serving millions of guests every day. Looking forward, we are very well-positioned to navigate through a wide range of possible scenarios, especially given the strength of our network of drive-thrus and fast-growing delivery channel."
"Despite our continued near-term focus on confronting the challenges presented by this global health crisis, we continue to make progress behind our long-term vision for the business, including modernizing our brands by...
Burger King, Tim Hortons, and Popeyes to Modernize Its Drive Thru Experience
Restaurant Brands International Inc. announced that it is modernizing the drive-thru experience at more than 10,000 Burger King and Tim Hortons locations, with Popeyes beginning its own rollout later this year. More than 40,000 digital screens are being installed with powerful 'predictive selling' technology, integration with restaurant loyalty programs and the ability for remote, contactless payment, reflecting the strategic importance and value of the drive thru experience to RBI's iconic restaurant brands.
"Our guests have sought out our drive-thru lanes for our iconic food and beverages throughout the COVID-19 pandemic – even in the face of mandated dining room closures around the world," said Jose Cil, CEO of RBI. "We believe strongly that it is time to...
Church's Chicken Debuts New Chicken Sandwich
Church's Chicken announced the arrival of the new Church's Chicken Sandwich. The sandwich will be a permanent menu fixture, and features an all white meat chicken breast filet, hand-breaded with Church's proprietary home-style seasoning with a hint of buttermilk, and cooked to a golden crisp. Nestled between a toasted brioche bun – brushed with the brand's famous honey-butter for a bit of sweetness – and toasted, the Chicken Sandwich is topped off with crunchy pickles and a dollop of creamy mayo, creating an instant classic.
"We are experts in bone-in chicken, but the fan demand for that same level of quality and flavor in a boneless fried chicken sandwich from Church's was emphatic and persistent, so we...
Burger King to Pilot Reusable Containers Through Partnership with Loop
Burger King restaurants are continuing efforts to minimize environmental impact across the globe by testing a new reusable packaging model that will help cut down on packaging waste. The brand, as part of its Restaurant Brands for Good framework, has launched a partnership with TerraCycle’s circular packaging service, Loop, to pilot a closed-loop system with zero-waste packaging that can be safely cleaned and refilled to be reused, again and again.
Together with Loop, the trial will offer restaurant guests the option to conveniently reduce waste when ordering their favorite Burger King brand staples like...
Wendy's Rolls Out New Chicken Sandwich
Wendy's is introducing a brand-new chicken sandwich that's crispier, juicier and packed with flavor.
"We can't wait for our fans to get their hands on the New Classic Chicken Sandwich which has the perfect crunch from breading and pickles paired with the juiciness and flavor of the fillet," said Carl Loredo, Chief Marketing Officer for The Wendy's Company. "The Classic joins what customers have already come to know and love in spice and taste from Wendy's via our Spicy Chicken and Pretzel Bacon Pub Chicken Sandwiches."
The new Classic Chicken Sandwich features...
ANALYSIS: A Challenging Year for Chicken Tenders
2020 has been anything but a traditional year for the chicken industry and line run tenders are no exception...
Survey: COVID Led to Surge in Off-Premise Dining, Other Operational Changes for Franchisees
The 2020 Restaurant Franchise Pulse survey, conducted by TD Bank, found that coronavirus lockdowns and unwillingness to eat out at restaurants led restaurant franchisees to pivot to a pick-up and delivery model.
Just shy of 75% of survey respondents prioritized off-premise dining with enhanced delivery and online or mobile ordering methods due to COVID-19. This led to a 19% jump in the percentage of sales linked to off-premise orders.
An interesting note was that although 86% of respondents had delivery...
PODCAST: I’ll Have What He’s Having - Jorge Azevedo on Plant Proteins
In this week’s episode of Market Digest Laura sits down with Jorge Azevedo, Chief Growth Officer at Planterra Foods. They discuss the growing popularity of flexitarian diets, plant protein at QSRs, bringing plant protein foods into the spotlight, and much more...
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...
The Wendy's Company Names Kevin Vasconi Chief Information Officer
The Wendy's Company (Nasdaq: WEN) announced the appointment of Kevin Vasconi, 59, as Chief Information Officer, effective today. He will report to President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Penegor and serve on Wendy's Senior Leadership Team.
Prior to joining Wendy's, Kevin served as Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer at Domino's Pizza, Inc., a role from which he retired earlier this month. In Kevin's eight years at Domino's, he served on the executive leadership team and was responsible for developing and leading all domestic and international technology capabilities. Emphasis on technology innovation helped Domino's achieve more than half of all global retail sales in 2019 from digital channels, primarily online ordering and mobile applications...
Del Taco Restaurants Reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results
Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. reported fiscal third quarter 2020 financial results for the 12-week period ending September 8, 2020 and provided a business update.
John D. Cappasola, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Del Taco, commented, “As we continue to navigate the challenges and opportunities related to COVID-19, I am proud of our actions to stabilize our business as demonstrated by our strong third quarter performance. Positive third quarter comparable restaurant sales for company-operated and franchised restaurants reflects our value-oriented QSR+ positioning, expanding off-premise convenience and use of innovation with the very successful launch of...
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...
Little Caesars and DoorDash Announce Marketplace Partnership
Little Caesars and DoorDash announced a major expansion of their exclusive partnership, extending the availability of Little Caesars delivery to the DoorDash app and website. Little Caesars delivery, already available directly through the Little Caesars app and website in the US and Canada, will now also be available on DoorDash's third-party delivery marketplace for the first time.
"Little Caesars is committed to providing quality, convenience and value to our customers, which is why earlier this year, we partnered with DoorDash to make fast and affordable Little Caesars delivery possible through the Little Caesars app and website," said Ed Gleich, senior vice president of innovation at Little Caesars. "Today, we're excited to expand our product availability to the DoorDash app so pizza lovers can have even more options for...
Domino's Pizza Announces Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results
Domino's Pizza, Inc. announced results for the third quarter. Global retail sales increased 14.4% in the third quarter, or 14.8% excluding foreign currency impact. U.S. same store sales grew 17.5% during the quarter versus the year-ago period and were positively impacted by customer ordering behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing the positive sales momentum in the Company's U.S. stores business. The international business also posted positive same store sales results, with growth of 6.2% during the quarter. The third quarter marked the 107th consecutive quarter of international same store sales growth and the 38th consecutive quarter of U.S. same store sales growth.
During the quarter, the Company reported 209 gross new stores and 83 net new stores, comprised of 44 net new U.S. stores and 39 net new international stores. The Company's net store growth reflects the closure of 126 stores, primarily in India. The number of temporary store closures in...
Burger King CMO, Fernando Machado, Talks Plant-Based Burgers at the 2020 Urner Barry ECGPS
During our second day of packed content and industry leading insights at Urner Barry’s Executive Conference and Global Protein Summit, participants were fortunate to hear from Chief Marketing Officer, Fernando Machado of Restaurant Brands International, which operates popular quick service restaurant (QSR) brands like Burger King, Tim Hortons, and Popeyes. Leading with a presentation on how QSRs have navigated the global COVID-19 pandemic, Machado was asked to comment on how consumer demand behavior has shifted between the Impossible Whopper, traditional beef Whopper, and chicken sandwiches.
Reinforcing Burger King’s commitment to monitoring how consumers preferences evolve and shift, Machado affirmed, “Our demand for beef burgers is there and continues to grow. The traditional Whopper is still, by far...
KFC Launches New Signature Sauce to Pair with Fried Chicken
Kentucky Fried Chicken announced that it is launching a new signature dipping sauce that's sure to make fried chicken fans rejoice. Introducing KFC Sauce, a signature sauce that is tangy and sweet, with a bit of smokiness specifically designed to pair with KFC's Extra Crispy Tenders.
"When we set out to create a new signature dipping sauce, we went right to the experts – our customers – to find out what made a sauce best-in-class for dipping," said Andrea Zahumensky, chief marketing officer, KFC U.S. "We went through 50 iterations, and their response to this recipe was overwhelming!"
Beginning October 12 in all KFC U.S. restaurants, fried chicken dipping fans can enjoy the new signature KFC Sauce along with...
Del Taco Introduces New Menu Items Featuring Cholula Hot Sauce
Del Taco is introducing a slate of new menu items featuring Cholula Hot Sauce. Taking the main stage is the $1 Crispy Chicken Cholula Taco and the $5 Epic Cholula Crispy Chicken Burrito, which builds on Del Taco’s successful crispy chicken items launched earlier this year.
“We’ve received an incredible response and strong customer demand for our Crispy Chicken since introducing it to our permanent menu this summer. We want to build on that momentum by giving our fans even more crave-worthy flavor options, and what better way to do so than with an iconic hot sauce brand collaboration,” said Tim Hackbardt, Del Taco’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Cholula and tacos are made for each other, but it is amazing poured on just about everything else and that’s why we have it in a burrito, on loaded fries, and in
Papa John’s Rob Lynch Joins Governing Committee for CEO Action for Racial Equity
Papa John’s is proud to share that President and CEO, Rob Lynch, has been announced on the governing committee of the newly launched “CEO Action for Racial Equity,” a fellowship that provides the opportunity for CEO Action signatories to advance racial equity through public policy.
Earlier this week, CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion (CEO Action), the largest CEO‐driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workplace, unveiled this social justice fellowship to advance racial equality and announced Lynch’s involvement.
“I am thrilled to be on the governing committee for CEO Action for Racial Equity,” said Rob Lynch, President and CEO of Papa John’s. “Together, with other influential voices in the business community, we will...
Papa John's Appoints Ann Gugino as Chief Financial Officer
Papa John's International, Inc. announced the appointment of Ann Gugino as Chief Financial Officer, effective today. Steve Coke, who has been serving as interim principal financial and accounting officer, will continue in his role as Vice President, Investor Relations and Strategy.
Ms. Gugino joins the company from Target Corporation and brings over 20 years of financial management, planning and strategic expertise. As a key member of Papa John’s Executive Leadership Team, she will help build and implement the company’s long-term plans for profitable growth and shareholder value creation.
“After a careful search for a candidate whose values, passion and expertise align with Papa John’s core values and business needs, I’m thrilled to welcome Ann Gugino to our team. Ann is a proven leader and change agent, who brings deep experience in the consumer and retail sector, including...
Research and Markets: Consumer Spending in QSRs and Growing Online Food Delivery
According to Research and Markets, the U.S. foodservice market is projected to witness a CAGR of 3.7% during the forecast period, 2020-2025.
Increased digitalization of food service is among the primary factors driving the market, as consumers find it comfortable to book prior and make payments online.
Fast food restaurants focusing on organic produce and healthy food are expected to be the focus of the market in the future. In the United States, the demand for organic food is rapidly rising. However, factors, like...
Papa John's Sustains Strong North America and International Comparable Sales in September
Papa John’s International, Inc. provided preliminary estimated comparable sales information for the month of September and the third quarter fiscal period. In light of the uncertainty related to the pandemic, the company has continued to provide this information on a monthly basis.
President & CEO Rob Lynch said, “Six consecutive months of double-digit comparable sales growth were made possible by the hard work of Papa John’s team members and franchisees during the global pandemic. We remain confident that our innovation pipeline, marketing and technology platforms, and strong operations will continue to...
Bojangles Expands Barbecue On Its Menu
Bojangles is throwing its hat in the barbecue ring just in time for National Pulled Pork Day on October 12. New to most markets, Bojangles is now serving its Carolina-style pulled pork BBQ.
“Born and raised in North Carolina, we at Bojangles know Southern home-cooking like the back of our hand, and these hands have been busy smoking up the best barbecue in town,” said Chef Marshall Scarborough. “Just one bite of our hickory, smoked, pulled-pork barbecue will have you wanting to call it barBOcue.”
Bojangles BBQ can be enjoyed as...
Culver's Announces the Retirement of CEO and President Joe Koss
Culver Franchising System LLC announced today the retirement of CEO and President Joe Koss at the end of 2020.
After 23 years with this growing organization, to what is now nearly 770 restaurants, Koss made the decision to retire and spend more time with his family.
"Joe has positively impacted so many facets of our company in his time with us, especially his leadership through this unprecedented set of circumstances we've successfully navigated recently," said co-founder Craig Culver. "That said, we certainly know how important family is and fully support his decision to focus there..."
The Whopper Is Now Free of Colors, Flavors and Preservatives From Artificial Sources
Today, Burger King® restaurants are proud to announce the Whopper® sandwich now features no colors, no flavors and no preservatives from artificial sources in all markets across the United States. It’s the Whopper® and nothing but the Whopper. The milestone is one of various efforts and substantial changes Burger King has made to its menu to promote real food and high-quality ingredients for its guests. In the U.S., 85% of the Burger King permanent food menu is now free of colors, flavors, and preservatives from artificial sources, and the brand is striving to achieve 100% by the beginning of next year...
Dunkin' Delivery with DoorDash Now Available at 3,500 Restaurants Nationwide
Dunkin' and DoorDash have teamed up to make delivery available at approximately 3,500 Dunkin' restaurants across the country, with further expansion planned over the coming months. To officially kick off the relationship, DoorDash is treating guests with a special offer. Starting September 15 through September 21, consumers that spend $10 or more on Dunkin' through DoorDash will be eligible for a free 25-count box of Munchkins and a $0 delivery fee.
According to Brandy Blackwell, Director of New Business, Delivery & Catering, for Dunkin' U.S., "Dunkin' guests know they can count on us to offer the most convenient ways to enjoy their favorite coffee and...
White Castle Introduces the Crave Clutch
White Castle is once again disrupting how customers transport its famous Sliders. The restaurant is adding yet another unique container – the Crave Clutch – to its lineup of iconic packaging. The colorful clutch makes its debut in all White Castle restaurants and will be available for a limited time. It's the first new package since White Castle introduced the 100-count Crave Crate in 2004.
Holding 20 Sliders of any variety, the Crave Clutch sits nicely between the classic 10 Sack and the 30-Slider Crave Case, making it the perfect choice for family meals and small gatherings. That's especially helpful now as people spend more time at home or outdoors in response to...
ANALYSIS: Q4 Wing and Tender Performance Dependent on Price and Seasonality
It is certainly a relief to have our daily lives slowly returning to something we might recognize as normal. There is no doubt that is the case for...
White Castle Launches Craver Nation Loyalty Program
White Castle has launched its first loyalty program, Craver Nation. The program will provide valuable discounts and special offers to customers based on their individual purchase history at White Castle restaurants. Members will receive a free combo meal with four Original Sliders, a small order of fries and a small soft drink when they sign up.
"No two customers are quite alike, which is why we're offering a personalized experience that's not based on points or the number of purchases, but instead on their individual preferences at White Castle," said Lisa Ingram, president and CEO of White Castle and fourth generation family member. "We're looking forward to providing these special offers and...
McDonald's to Test Reusable Cup Model for Hot Beverages
McDonald’s Corporation has announced a global partnership with TerraCycle’s circular packaging service, Loop, to test a new reusable cup model for hot beverages. The initiative, which will first be trialed in 2021 across select McDonald’s restaurants in the UK, helps customers enjoy their favorite McDonald’s hot drink in a reusable cup, while cutting down on packaging waste. The model marks significant progress toward innovative circular packaging solutions that help protect the planet for communities today, and in the future.
This unique new partnership will conveniently allow customers to reduce waste by choosing a durable Loop-created cup, for a small deposit. The deposit can then be redeemed by returning the cup to participating McDonald’s UK restaurants in order to be...
Burger King Launches Plant-Based Chicken Nuggets in Germany
Burger King has added plant-based chicken nuggets to the menu at locations in Germany. The nuggets were created by The Vegetarian Butcher, a Holland-based brand that was acquired by Unilever in 2018. Burger King stated that the launch was in reaction to the trend of a growing number of consumers looking for plant-based options when dining out.
Hugo Verkuil, CEO of The Vegetarian Butcher, said, "The nuggets are soft and meat-like on the inside, crispy and golden on the outside and offer a delicious vegetable-based alternative for...
Bojangles Names Monica Sauls as the Company’s First Chief People Officer
Bojangles, Inc. announced that leading human resources and change management strategist Monica Sauls will join the company as Chief People Officer, effective Sept. 15. In this newly defined position that goes beyond the traditional human resources role, Sauls will drive the company’s culture, developing current team members and attracting new talent to support the company’s growth.
Reporting directly to Bojangles CEO Jose Armario, Sauls will lead talent acquisition, talent development, employee relations, diversity and inclusion and culture stewardship. She is the first African American to serve on Bojangles’ senior leadership team in the company’s...
Kentucky Fried Chicken Announces Partnership with DoorDash
Kentucky Fried Chicken announced that its world-famous fried chicken is now available for order and on-demand delivery through DoorDash. To celebrate the new partnership, KFC and DoorDash are offering fried chicken fans across the U.S. an irresistible deal: Beginning September 8, through Thursday, September 17, customers will receive 12 free chicken tenders with the purchase of select KFC bucket meals on orders placed through the DoorDash website or app with promo code KFC12.
To sweeten the deal, customers will also receive $0 delivery fees alongside their select bucket meal purchase, available from more than 3,000 KFC restaurant locations through September 17.
Since 1952, KFC has helped families enjoy a bucket of fried chicken practically anywhere, traveling easily while staying fresh and ready-to-eat. Some might even say...
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