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McDonald’s Hot Menu Item: Big Mac Sauce

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Face it, what makes the Big Mac special is the sauce, not the two all-beef patties, lettuce, etc. And as the Big Mac approaches its 50th anniversary next year, McDonald’s is treating its Big Mac Sauce as a very valuable commodity in promotions in the UK and in Australia. In

Five Burger Trends for 2016

Five Burger Trends for 2016 My prediction for 2015 was for a Year of the Cheeseburger, meaning renewed popularity for classic, simple, top-quality burgers, and I think that has been one of this year’s most prominent narratives. OK, the forecast for…

Burger of the Month Specials: Feb. 2016

Burger of the Month Specials: Feb. 2016 Happily, this wasn’t what I expected. With Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day crowded into February, I expected lots of Creole, Cupid and Honest Abe Burgers of the Month specials. And there are a few…

WesBurger: From Pop-Up to Prime Site

WesBurger: From Pop-Up to Prime Site For two years, Wes Rowe has been serving burgers at WesBurger, a pop-up open every Wednesday in San Francisco’s Mojo Bicycle Cafe. But in less than two months, Rowe will move from pop-up to bricks-and-mortar with…

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 1/29

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers 1/29 I can report to you that the state of the burger is strong, creative and fun. As evidence I point to the burgers here from burger bar and chain menus in the past week or so.…

Chicken Gets Burger-Style Extravagance

Chicken Gets Burger-Style Extravagance Chicken sandwiches finally are being let into the burger bar “club.” That acceptance is shown in chicken beginning to get the extravagant builds that previously was reserved for beef burgers. Certainly, chicken sandwiches (chicken breasts, as…

Dugg Burger Moves Ahead in Reverse

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Dugg Burger, which opened in February 2015 in Dallas, is a different process, not just a new brand. Reversing the standard build of piling toppings on the burger patty, Dugg Burger digs out the crown of the bun and puts chosen toppings there. Meanwhile, the burger patty finishes grilling and

Four Burger Promos for Summer

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It can be as difficult to develop a truly new burger promotion as it is to create a new burger. But here are four promotions for July that caught my attention because they’re different and because they share the love for burgers that infuses this site. Maybe there’s an idea

Four Burger Promos for Summer

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It can be as difficult to develop a truly new burger promotion as it is to create a new burger. But here are four promotions for July that caught my attention because they’re different and because they share the love for burgers that infuses this site. Maybe there’s an idea

Restaurant Ad Spending Declines

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Total U.S. advertising spending declined 4% in the first quarter of 2015, but restaurant spending dipped even deeper to 4.9%, according to data from Kantar Media. Restaurants were the fifth-largest category during the quarter, spending $1.601 billion (or $17.8 million a day), down from $1.684 billion a year earlier. But

McDonald’s Sips Flavored Coffees

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On the hunt for incremental customer traffic, McDonald’s is looking at flavored McCafé hot coffee. The burger chain has served flavored iced McCafé coffees since 2007, a year after it introduced its Premium Roast coffee, and it offers French Vanilla and Hazelnut flavors in the bagged coffee it sells in

Wendy’s Baconator Fries Extend Brand

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Of course, the alternative to adding something completely new to the menu is to shuffle on-hand pantry ingredients to create something familiar that doesn’t complicate operations. Burger King is especially adept at this, juggling toppings to create Whopper variations. Wendy’s now shows its skill with this culinary strategy by taking

Burger Chains Binge on Summer Menu Items

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Burger chains all put their menus on diets but you know how it is: summer comes and good intentions melt away. A parade of new items is marching onto burger-chain menus or into their test-market pipelines, and no chain has been more active than McDonald’s, which took an oath to