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McDonald’s Q1: ‘Meaningful Gains’

McDonald’s Q1: ‘Meaningful Gains’

McDonald’s Corp. reported what CEO Steve Easterbrook said are “meaningful gains” in Q1 that show “the turnaround is taking hold.” That includes a 6.2% increase in same-store-sales globally and a 5.4% improvement in the U.S. (aided by 3% in pricing gain). Easterbrook said the chain experienced positive growth in customer visits for the quarter and […]

Jack, Taco Bell Turn Up Discount Heat

Jack, Taco Bell Turn Up Discount Heat

Jack in the Box is making good on its promise to be a more aggressive discounter. Merrill Lynch restaurant analyst David Silvati reports that the chain last week launched a $3.99 Jumbo Jack bundled meal with the burger, two tacos, fries and drink in 40% of its markets. In the other 60% it has bundled […]

BK Extends ‘Long’ Concept to Breakfast

BK Extends ‘Long’ Concept to Breakfast

Burger King is having a good time with its “extra long” concept. On the heels of its Extra Long Buttery Cheeseburger it has quietly added a Supreme Breakfast Sandwich that doesn’t use the name but follows the double-up idea. The 880-calorie sandwich, reported by TheImpulsiveBuy.com, has two side-by-side fluffy eggs, each with a sausage patty, […]

Jack in the Box: All-Day Breakfast Hurt

Jack in the Box: All-Day Breakfast Hurt

Jack in the Box did what some other chains have declined to do: acknowledging the elephant in the room and conceding that McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast program had some negative impact on its sales in its Q1. CEO Len Comma expressed disappointment in the quarter—ended Jan. 17, 2016—which saw Jack in the Box same-store sales rise […]

Carl’s Jr. Rethinks Breakfast Sandwiches

Carl’s Jr. Rethinks Breakfast Sandwiches

Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s has always served theater as well as burgers. Rather than “Me Too” menu items, it delights in creating “It’s What?” foods. So it comes as no surprise that the duo is playing with the idea of serving breakfast sandwiches like no one else’s. As reported by Foodbeast, Carl’s Jr. has not one but […]

McDonald’s Breakfasts on Strong Q4 Sales

McDonald’s Breakfasts on Strong Q4 Sales

McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook avoided the Dubya pitfall and refused to prematurely declare victory. He also resisted the temptation to gloat despite a year’s worth of snarky headlines doubting a turnaround and even Wall Street’s wary consensus expectation of only a 2.7% Q4 same-sales gain. In fact, McDonald’s delivered a 5.7% U.S. increase in Q4 […]

Carl’s Jr. Joins the $4 Bundle Battle

Carl’s Jr. Joins the $4 Bundle Battle

Burger chains continue their wheeling and meal-dealing. Carl’s Jr. has upped the ante on what $4 gets you in a bundled value meal. Its $4 Real Deal offer: a Double Cheeseburger plus a Spicy Chicken Sandwich, small fries and a 16-oz. drink. That easily tops Wendy’s “4 for $4” meal, which started the bundled-meal trend […]

McOperators Applaud Breakfast Sales

McOperators Applaud Breakfast Sales

If there’s a problem with McDonald’s introduction of a limited all-day breakfast menu it’s that some customers want the full morning meal lineup 24/7. The problem isn’t sales. Nomura restaurant analyst Mark Kalinowski’s survey of 26 domestic franchisees (accounting for 209 stores) finds a much more upbeat attitude than in the past. These operators say […]

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