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15 Test Foods We’re Still Waiting For


The competitive environment, especially among burger chains, is intense now. That results in low- or no-growth quarters and a reliance on discounts. It also has pushed chains to market test lots of potential menu additions. Wendy’s just moved its Bacon Mozzarella Cheeseburger, tested last year, onto its menu. McDonald’s is

Burger of the Month Specials: May 2016

Burger of the Month Specials: May 2016 Welcome to National Burger Month. The world’s burger bars are certainly in a celebratory mood, as evidenced by the May Burger of the Month Specials on menus. As always, some amazing creativity is at play. I…

Deconstructing the All-American Burger

Deconstructing the All-American Burger The average American restaurant burger is a $10.50 pre-formed, 8-oz. ground-chuck patty with American cheese, tomato, bacon and ketchup served on a brioche bun with fries on the side. That’s the picture painted by ground-beef purveyor…

Hwy 55 Takes the Road to Expansion

Hwy 55 Takes the Road to Expansion Hwy 55 is 25 years old and on the move. Well-established in its home territory of North Carolina, the concept is expanding through the Southeast. Founder and president Kenney Moore just signed a master franchise agreement…

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 5/13

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 5/13 Soft-shell-crab, baba ganoush, dolphin, braised beef tongue, pecan pesto, tostones, maple-soaked bacon and lots of arugula are among the ingredients used with this latest installment of Most Intriguing Burgers of the Week. I’ll let you know…

Potato Chips Trending as Burger Topping

Potato Chips Trending as Burger Topping In the burger world, oddities can quickly become standards. So when Carl’s Jr. & Hardee’s did their Most American Thickburger topped with potato chips (and a split hot dog), it was out of the ordinary. But…

McDonald’s Agency Review: Is There a Secret Ingredient?


McDonald’s Corp. announced last month that it is reviewing agencies to handle creative for its billion-dollar U.S. advertising account. A single shop is considered likely to get sole control of an account that’s now split among several. What should McDonald’s look for from an agency and what does it most

NPD: Breakfast Occasions Still Growing


Breakfast remains the industry’s growth game, The NPD Group reports. Total breakfast occasions, at and away from home, are forecast to grow by 5% through 2019, while the U.S. population is expected to increase by just 4%. Annual morning snack occasions per person, at and away from home, have increased

Exclusive: National/Local McPick 2 Coming

McPick 2 $5 logo

McDonald’s next week will revamp its McPick 2 value platform with a mix of national and local offers, has learned. The national portion of the new McPick 2 for $5 promotion launching May 24 gives consumers their choice from among three core McDonald’s items: the Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish and

Customer Loss Cripples Red Robin Q1

Red Robin Ramen Burger

The new advertising agency handling Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews has its work cut out. The burger chain says it has selected that agency, succeeding Vitro, but wouldn’t share the name during today’s Q1 earnings call. Instead, Red Robin CEO Steve Carley and President Denny Marie Post, outlined the

The Burgers are Texas Big at Nicky D’s

Nicky D's Crowley

Independent burger joints are the soul of this business. If they’re run like Nicky D’s in Crowley, Texas, they’re its heart as well. During National Burger Month it’s important that some attention be paid to that heart and soul. Originally, Nicky D’s was in Chicago, where both Nick and Tammy

Harvey’s Revamps Beverages Menu


Canadian burger chain Harvey’s today addresses the one gap in its reputation for invention and variety by launching a new frozen-beverages menu and summer-long value offer across all beverages. The “Summer Drink Deals” initiative introduces smoothies, slushies, frozen lemonades and iced cappuccinos in a variety of flavors and at 99¢

McDonald’s Puts Fresh Beef to the Test


In his April 22, 2016, Q1 earnings call with analysts, McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook proclaimed the chain’s dedication to “innovating to address customers’ changing demands.” Some innovations are small, such as buttering English Muffin halves. And some changes are big. Very big. In 14 stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth market–according