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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 […]

McDonald’s: Lower Prices, Faster Ordering

McDonald’s: Lower Prices, Faster Ordering

McDonald’s is considering menu boards that present customers with lower prices on some core items and a limited “Mickey D’s best” selection at both the drive-thru window and inside counter. The Wall Street Journal this week outlined some of the plans the company recently shared with its operators, including simplifying the drive-thru menu and strengthening […]

McDonald’s Accelerates Boxed-Meal Strategy

McDonald’s Accelerates Boxed-Meal Strategy

McDonald’s is ramping up its use here of a menu-marketing tactic that has worked for it overseas: the multi-person meal bundle. McDonald’s co-ops have the option of offering a new FIFA World Cup Bundle Box, which includes food for two (or more) in a box thematically tied to the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament in […]

McDonald’s Bringin’ Home McBox Dinner

McDonald’s Bringin’ Home McBox Dinner

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McDonald’s continues to refine its boxed-meal platform, an idea that appears inexorably destined for the U.S. In Austria, the chain has introduced a new better-value McBox Dinner meal, available with food for three or four people. The four-person meal includes a 20-piece McNuggets serving, two Big Macs, two regular cheeseburgers, four medium fries and four […]

Is This the Future of Fast Food?

Is This the Future of Fast Food?

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It may be that necessity is the mother of invention, but surely that’s not what spawned this meal-holder condo idea depicted on McDonald’s New Zealand Facebook page. This makes KFC’s new “Go Cup” look like a shanty. Designed to rest on top of a drink cup, the elaborate construction encases a burger in its lower […]

McDonald’s Returns to the Land of McOz

McDonald’s Returns to the Land of McOz

McDonald’s has had a difficult year in Australia. Quarter after quarter the chain has reported soft sales and traffic there. In August, the chain tried to rev up customer traffic by introducing the Angus Mac, a beefier version of the iconic Big Mac burger, and  budget-friendly Son of Mac. Now McDonald’s is trying that tactic […]

McDonald’s Bundles Dollar Menu as “Value Packs”

McDonald’s Bundles Dollar Menu as “Value Packs”

The Dollar Menu & More was just introduced to  McDonald’s U.S. stores but the chain already is looking for ways to leverage that budget menu. One possibility is the “Mickey D’s Value Pack” multi-person meals that a McDonald’s spokesperson confirmed are being tested in select Western Division markets. In Dallas, two options are being offered; […]

McDonald’s Blitz Box Tests Multi-Meals

McDonald’s Blitz Box Tests Multi-Meals

McDonald’s for the first time has brought to the U.S. the multi-person boxed meal idea it first tried in Australia in 2010. In the Kansas City, Mo., market, the chain is heralding the start of the NFL season with the Blitz Box, a boxed meal that includes two Quarter Pounders with Cheese, two medium fries […]

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