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Will McDonald’s Sell Mac Sauce at Retail?

Will McDonald’s Sell Mac Sauce at Retail?

[March 2017 Update: As forecast, McDonald’s announced it will sell its Big Mac, McChicken (mayo) and Filet-O-Fish (tartar) sauces at retail, but only in Canada for now.] [Jan 2017 Update: McDonald’s will give away 10,000 bottles of Big Mac Special Sauce (400 per region) as part of its rollout of the Mac Jr. and Grand […]

Johnny Rockets Eyes Retail as ‘Lifestyle Brand’

Johnny Rockets toasters or steak knives? It’s possible. The California-based chain has announced a new Johnny Rockets At Home program that will extend its brand to retail freezers, housewares, music and more. Orlando-based The Blackwood Group will represent the brand for licensing. This comes shortly after Johnny Rockets announced four new Route 66 prototypes for […]

U.S. Supermarket Testing of McCafé Coffee Has Begun

[Update: Photo added of McCafe on shelves.] [Update: McDonald’s responded with this statement: “McDonald’s is committed to serving delicious, high quality coffee that our customers can feel good about – at a value. We are building on the momentum of our McCafé beverages in our restaurants by expanding these options as we increasingly strive to […]

Is McDonald’s Free Coffee a Setup?

Is McDonald’s Free Coffee a Setup?

The news is that McDonald’s will be giving away free small coffees during breakfast hours from today through April 13. Why? Could it be the prelude to testing McCafé coffee at retail? McDonald’s frequently hands out free coffee. National Coffee Day, Sept. 28, 2013:  Free coffee in most markets. Again last December: free coffee in […]

More Chains Move Products to Retail

More Chains Move Products to Retail

Providing one more indication of how challenging the restaurant business is now, several chains this week announced plans to offer signature menu items at retail. McDonald’s and Kraft announced a partnership that will test retail sales of McCafé coffee next year in whole-bean, ground and K-cup varieties. The announcement comes almost exactly one year after […]

Retail is Eating Restaurants’ Lunch

Retail is Eating Restaurants’ Lunch

Restaurants want to believe that the 1% decline in customer traffic at lunch since 2008 is the result of debt-laden consumers spending less. Maybe. But NPD Group data finds that many of those customers haven’t left the marketplace; they simply opted to go across the street to a Wegmans, Walgreen’s or Walmart to grab lunch. […]

Whataburger Taking Its Condiments to Retail

Whataburger Taking Its Condiments to Retail

Whataburger is venturing into retail sales for the first time, announcing that its signature condiments—Fancy Ketchup, Spicy Ketchup and Original Mustard—will be sold exclusively at H-E-B stores in Texas and Mexico this summer. The San Antonio-based chain’s Original Mustard, which dates to its founding in 1950, will be sold in 16-oz. containers with a label […]