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Hangover Burgers Welcome 2013 in Style

Hangover Burgers Welcome 2013 in Style

New Year’s Day has two traditions: One is the hangover; the second is the rich, fatty, protein-rich Hangover Burger that cures what ails you. Among those who’ll be ready to greet bleary-eyed revelers is Slater’s 50/50, the innovative concept with locations in Anaheim Hills, Huntington Beach and San Diego, Calif. It’s readying the Bloody Mary […]

McDonald’s Picks Up LTO Pace in Australia

McDonald’s Picks Up LTO Pace in Australia

McDonald’s is keeping the competitive pressure on Australian rival Hungry Jack’s (Burger King) by introducing a multi-item Aussie Range (menu) barely six weeks after its Nov. 13 unveiling of a Summer Range that included a Smokey BBQ Bandit burger, Scorcher Peri Peri Chicken sandwich and more. Following the QSR trend to bring back past LTO […]

Wendy’s Realigns its Value Pitch

Wendy’s Realigns its Value Pitch

Wendy’s is confronting a “fiscal cliff” of its own but has done a better job of negotiating its less-dire version than has Congress. One of the chain’s resolutions for 2013 has been to create a new two-tier value menu to replace the ineffective My 99¢ Everyday Value Menu. The Right Price Right Size Value Menu […]

Monday Meeting: Quick McMenu Fixes

Monday Meeting: Quick McMenu Fixes

No one responds faster to trouble in the marketplace than McDonald’s. As expected, the QSR burger leader has answered October’s sales drop—its first monthly decline in nine years—with a quick menu infusion that focuses on the low-end of the price spectrum. To boost customer traffic, McDonald’s has added the new Grilled Onion Cheddar burger (which […]

Restaurant Ad Spending Booms in Q3

Restaurant Ad Spending Booms in Q3

The restaurant industry’s advertising spending ballooned by 12.1% during the third quarter while total U.S. ad spending for all products and services rose just 7.1%, according to data from Kantar Media in New York City. For full-year 2011, restaurant ad spending rose by only 4.4%. The increase in restaurant ad spending is especially surprising considering […]

QSRs Continue to Drive Customer Visits

QSRs Continue to Drive Customer Visits

The quick-service category continues to provide the restaurant’s only positive growth in customer traffic, according to new data from NPD Group. It finds that for the July-August-September quarter of 2012, net overall restaurant visits were flat. QSRs, however, continue to show traffic gains, up 1% in Q3. That’s the fourth consecutive quarter of customer growth […]

13 Burger Concepts to Watch in 2013

13 Burger Concepts to Watch in 2013

Earlier this year, BurgerBusiness.com shared data from NPD Group showing that even as the total number of U.S. restaurants declined by 1.1% in 2011, the number of burger restaurants grew. And recently we listed more than three-dozen significant new burger-joint openings in 2012. The burger business keeps growing, and the 13 brands detailed below are […]

Monday Meeting: McDonald’s Extends Family Box to Japan

Multi-person boxed burger meals have taken a step closer to the U.S. with McDonald’s introduction of the concept in Japan. As it did in Australia when it originated the Family Box meal platform in 2010, McDonald’s offers three different price/component choices in Japan. The basic Family Meal includes one Big Mac, a teriyaki burger and […]

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