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McD’s Tries Tots Called Hash Brown Bites

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Already finding itself a seat on the sriracha bandwagon, McDonald’s now is taking a shot at the other hot QSR food trend—tater tots—in its favorite test market, Australia. In Australia, where summer approaches, McDonald’s is offering a Summer Sides Box, a multi-person combination of three deep-fried items: eight Hash Brown

Burger of the Month Specials: Dec. 2016

Burger of the Month Specials: Dec. 2016 Last month, I was ready for Thanksgiving-themed burgers, although there were many more than I expected. But for December, I anticipated a return to wildly non-thematic burger specials because we don’t do “Christmas burgers,” do we?…

Can Tech Solve Restaurants’ Slump?

Can Tech Solve Restaurants’ Slump? Market Force Information has released its annual study of casual-dining brands, based on input from more than 9,216 consumers. There’s a lot of interesting data—including the naming of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen as these consumers’ favorite—and while…

Inside McDonald’s All Day Breakfast 2.0

Inside McDonald’s All Day Breakfast 2.0 McDonald’s Corp. today launches the second phase of its All Day Breakfast initiative, called ADB 2.0. Consumers now will be able to order the whole breakfast menu—muffin, biscuit and McGriddle sandwiches—all day, although the entire McDonald’s…

Intriguing Burgers: Black Friday Edition

Intriguing Burgers: Black Friday Edition Going out Black Friday shopping? Don’t you wish you could score one of these fabulous burgers? Everyone on your list wishes you could, too. Be careful out there.   Baptiste & Bottle, Chicago Executive Chef James…

Wendy’s Joining Sriracha Party

Wendy’s Joining Sriracha Party Wendy’s is not going to be left behind by the sriracha bandwagon. ChewBoom reports that Wendy’s is rolling out the Spicy Sriracha Chicken Sandwich that it has tested throughout the year. There’s been no official announcement,…

17 Burger Concepts to Watch in 2017

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A recent BurgerBusiness post questioned whether burger-category entrepreneurship is flagging, given a perceived decline in the number of new burger concepts opening this year. I continue to believe that’s true, but I also know that expansion by small and/or young chains has picked up steam. Burgers remain strong. Gathered here

Customer Traffic Into the Red

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Stagnation just slid back into recession. After six years of 1% annual growth in customer counts and a flat first half of 2016, foodservice traffic declined by 1% in Q3, according The NPD Group. Even quick service, which has kept the overall industry from sinking farther in the past, saw

Burger of the Month Specials: Dec. 2016

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Last month, I was ready for Thanksgiving-themed burgers, although there were many more than I expected. But for December, I anticipated a return to wildly non-thematic burger specials because we don’t do “Christmas burgers,” do we? Oh, we do. Proving that after seven years of BurgerBusiness.com I still have much

Can Tech Solve Restaurants’ Slump?

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Market Force Information has released its annual study of casual-dining brands, based on input from more than 9,216 consumers. There’s a lot of interesting data—including the naming of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen as these consumers’ favorite—and while none of it relates directly to burger-menu restaurants, which weren’t included, there is some

More Mid-Week Menu Moves

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Burger-joint menu R&D just never takes a holiday. Here’s some of what’s happening: Wendy’s confirmed what BurgerBusiness.com readers knew last week: It has introduced its Spicy Sriracha Chicken sandwich plus Bacon Sriracha Fries. Marketing is all about sriracha: The sandwich has a sriracha-infused bun; there is a bit of sriracha

McDonald’s Expands Fresh Beef Test

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McDonald’s hasn’t shared much from its Dallas test of fresh ground beef, but apparently it is going well enough to expand the test market. Newspaper Tulsa World reports that the chain is now testing fresh-beef Quarter Pounders (only) in about 75 stores in that Oklahoma city. “These new fresh beef

Shack Pizza, Starbucks Breakfast, Etc.

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While you were holiday shopping, here’s some of what was happening in the burger business: Shake Shack doesn’t do pizza … yet. But it comes close this week in a collaboration between its Coral Gables and Miami locations and Harry’s Pizzeria in Miami, an LTO partnership that coincides with Miami