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15 Test Foods We’re Still Waiting For

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 testing fresh ground beef and […]

Burger Chains Accelerate Menu R&D

Burger Chains Accelerate Menu R&D

Burger chains are accelerating menu R&D to counter a continuing softness in the market. The National Restaurants Association reports that its Restaurant Performance Index dipped 1.4 points from February, with its Current Situation Index and Expectation Index both showing declines. As a result, a string of new menu items are going into test or onto […]

BK Extends Chicken Fries Brand to Rings

BK Extends Chicken Fries Brand to Rings

Burger King is the royalty of line extensions. It has revived the Whopper franchise a hundredfold with new or semi-new versions. It’s doing the same now with the Chicken Fries brand it first introduced in 2005. They were gone in 2012; back s an LTO in August 2014; then permanently back in March 2015. We’ve […]

McDonald’s France Tries ‘NY Street Food’

McDonald’s France Tries ‘NY Street Food’

McDonald’s European operations have a longstanding crush on New York City. The NYCrispy burger arrived in Spain in 2009. In 2010, its Czech stores were featuring burgers named for city boroughs like the Brooklyn Classic and McDonald’s Germany had cupcakes named for SoHo, Chelsea and other neighborhoods. That same year, the Czech operators introduced the […]

The Works Believes in Bacon

The Works Believes in Bacon

Does anyone believe in bacon more strongly than The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro? LA’s The Oinkster, maybe, but few others. For the third time, Oakville, Ont.-based The Works has mounted a “Baconism” menu promotion, this time titled “Believe in Baconism,” and the burger specials are impressive as always. One of this year’s new burgers is […]

Yorkshire Pudding Buns & Other News

Yorkshire Pudding Buns & Other News

Yorkshire pudding buns are just the wildest part of UK chain Handmade Burger Co.’s menu revamp. The chain—with 20 locations in England and four in Scotland—has rethought its whole menu, including sides as well as burgers, creating new combinations that define the 21st century burger bar. Handmade still offers more than 50 burgers, all scratch-made. […]

What’s Hot on UK Menus? Mac ’n Cheese

What’s Hot on UK Menus? Mac ’n Cheese

In 2014, the trendy food in the UK was hot dogs; last year the mother country was all over barbecue, specifically brisket burnt ends. So what’s hot now? Mac ‘n cheese. Its an old favorite but its appearance on UK menus has grown by 550% since 2010, according to the Menu Trends survey, conducted biannually […]

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 […]

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