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Food-Away Spending Up; Visits Flat

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Consumer expenditures on food-away-from-home rose 7.9% in 2015 (to $3,008), compared with just a 1.1% rise in spending on food-at home, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data. We know from chain quarterly reports that much of that increase came from higher menu prices, but, still, dining-out dollars

Burger of the Month Specials: Aug ’16

Burger of the Month Specials: Aug ’16 High summer brings burger creativity and the August Burger of the Month Specials don’t disappoint. Here are more than 60 burger builds worth trying. But let me begin with a shout out I’ve been meaning to…

Food-Away Spending Up; Visits Flat

Food-Away Spending Up; Visits Flat Consumer expenditures on food-away-from-home rose 7.9% in 2015 (to $3,008), compared with just a 1.1% rise in spending on food-at home, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data. We know from chain quarterly reports…

Big Plans for Home of the Motherburger

Big Plans for Home of the Motherburger Recently, B&B Franchise Group in Boca Raton, Fla., operator of the seven-unit Burger & Beer Joint chain announced that CEO Bill Herman and private equity firm Larsen MacColl Partners had acquired control. Plans are in place…

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers, 8/5

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers, 8/5 This week’s roundup of distinctive burgers begins with a camel burger and ends with a mountain of meat between two buns, In between there’s a burger with broccolini, one with an Italian meatball, another with a…

Jack’s Brewhouse Burger Joins Beer Trend

Jack’s Brewhouse Burger Joins Beer Trend Jack in the Box today introduces its latest upscale burger LTO, called Jack’s Brewhouse Bacon Burger (below). The name alludes to a Porter Ale cheese sauce that partners with its signature 1/4-lb. beef patty, grilled onions,…

The Habit Hatches Special Chile Menu

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Hatch chiles are becoming the new on-trend burger topper, at least outside New Mexico where the green chiles are grown and long have been used with almost every food. Tomorrow (Aug. 31), The Habit Burger Grill launches a Hatch Chile Festival with a special menu that includes a burger, a

Jack in the Box Tries ‘Brunchfast’ Menu

The Brunch Burger, once tied on the late-night menu, is back on the Brunchfast menu.

In June, BurgerBusiness.com broke the story that Jack in the Box had trademarked the term “brunchfast.” The follow-up is that it has gone beyond trademark to a Brunchfast menu testing in Southern California. Credit for this goes to insidesocal.com’s Dine 909, which spotted it in Moreno Valley, Calif., in July.

What College Students Want From QSRs

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This fall, about 20.5 million students will be enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities, where they will encounter sophisticated and diverse campus foodservice options. Of course, that won’t keep them from occasionally visiting off-campus restaurants, where they’ll have strong expectations about taste, price and quality. A new study of college-student

Is This Chipotle’s Tasty Made Slogan?

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Chipotle Mexican Grill has new marketing slogans that could signal a renewed affirmation of the “Food With Integrity” positioning that has been blunted by food-safety incidents. Or, more intriguingly, the company may have trademarked taglines for possible use with the Tasty Made burger concept Chipotle plans to open this fall

LTOs Are Getting More L

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What has happened to the “limited-time offer”? Burger joints still do burgers of the month with a 30-day (or more) shelf-life, but chains, especially are playing games with LTOs. Very limited times (like 24 hours) or very limited availability. For example, Umami Burger announced a new burger, the Kinoko Burger

Yum! Trademarks ‘Trust in Every Bite’

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Yum! Brands apparently is thinking about food safety as it watches Chipotle Mexican Grill’s efforts to rebound from several food-safety incidents and after having dealt with its own safety scandals at KFC in China and at Taco Bell here in recent years. McDonald’s reported a net loss in Japan for

UK Readies a Proper Nat’l Burger Day

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Aug. 25 is National Burger Day in the UK and the mother country will put to shame the spotty U.S. burger-day celebration we hold annually on May 28. More than 800 restaurants will take part in the fourth annual “Mr Hyde National Burger Day” event, organized by a daily lifestyle/dining