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Red Robin Fashions Trendy Fall Lineup

Red Robin Fashions Trendy Fall Lineup

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers again adds a seasonal burger for fall, but this year it also taps into two hot menu trends: topping burgers with hot dogs or sausage, and dressing up fries into entrée-size creations. Through Nov. 1, Red Robin puts a new item in its premium-price Finest burger lineup: the ÜberBurger. Carrying a […]

Trendspotting at the NRA Show

Trendspotting at the NRA Show

No one understands the foodservice business in the UK and Europe better than Peter Backman, managing director of London-based researcher Horizons. He also is one of the sharpest observers of the trends evident at the annual National Restaurant Association Show. Peter Backman was on the show floor for this year’s just-completed event as well and […]

Heat Wave: Burger Chains Get Super-Spicy

Heat Wave: Burger Chains Get Super-Spicy

Wendy’s next week introduces nationally the Jalapeňo Fresco Spicy Chicken Sandwich and its sidekick, Ghost Pepper Fries. These are the burger world’s latest attempt to see just how fiery a sandwich can be. Diners say, “Bring it on.” Wendy’s packs heat: the new chicken sandwich features an all-white-meat chicken breast topped with fresh, diced jalapeños […]

Jack in the Box Quietly Slides Upscale

Jack in the Box Quietly Slides Upscale

Overshadowed last week by the clamor of a management shift at McDonald’s Corp. were significant changes at one of Big Mac’s toughest competitors. Jack in The Box, the No. 5 burger chain, quietly moved its menu and its dining experience a notch more upscale, small shifts that will result in the repositioning of the brand […]

2015 Dawns with Patty Melt Parade

Is this going to be another big year for patty melts? I didn’t predict such a trend but the new year has begun with the appearance of several variations on the classic burger-and-cheese-on-toast concept. Among them: At the 15-location Burger 21 chain, a jazzed-up patty melt is the new special.  The build is it’s Certified […]

NRA Spots What’s Hot for 2015

What will be hot in 2015 is pretty much just what has been trendy in the U.S. for the past few years. The National Restaurant Association’s annual “What’s Hot” list, based on a survey of nearly 1,300 professional chefs in the American Culinary Federation spotlights some familiar ideas. This year’s top five food trends are: […]

Fries Get Funkier as Chains Limit LTOs

Quick-service chains have slowed the rate of major LTO introductions. Fewer new creative entrees are joining menus as chains seek to avoid adding new ingredients or complicating operations. So where’s the innovation? Fries. With protein prices high, burger chains and others are looking at new ways to make french fries—a famously high-profit menu item that […]

Are Burgers Behind the Buffalo Sauce Surge?

We ate 1.25 billion chicken wings during Super Bowl XVIII, a good portion of them with spicy Buffalo sauce, no doubt. The same was true of the 13.5 billion wings the National Chicken Council estimated Americans ate in 2012. Buffalo sauce has been with us for years and it seems to be everywhere. But in […]

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