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The Week’s Most intriguing Burgers 9/4

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Research cited here earlier in the week suggests some diners are leaving quick-service burger concepts in search of thicker burgers, new topping choices or different sauces. This week’s collection of new and interesting burgers shows just how much variety really is available out there to find. From tomato chips and

Burger Consumption Stays Strong

Burger Consumption Stays Strong Americans’ love affair with burgers is still on, still hot. “Burgers certainly aren’t going away,” says Jennifer Aranas, project director for Chicago researcher Datassential, which has released its MenuTrends Keynote Report on Burgers. “In terms of…

Burger of the Month Specials: Sept. 2015

Burger of the Month Specials: Sept. 2015 Not surprisingly, a few burger bars use back-to-school themes for their September Burger of the Month specials. But what should we make of two joints doing Zeus burgers? Did Greek gods have birthday months? The Wayback…

5 Napkin: An American Burger Brasserie

5 Napkin: An American Burger Brasserie The name says burgers (for now at least), but 5 Napkin Burger is much more. Its six locations—three in Manhattan, where it began in 2008, with another opening soon; one in Yonkers, N.Y.; and one each…

The Week’s Most intriguing Burgers 9/4

The Week’s Most intriguing Burgers 9/4 Research cited here earlier in the week suggests some diners are leaving quick-service burger concepts in search of thicker burgers, new topping choices or different sauces. This week’s collection of new and interesting burgers shows just…

McDonald’s Tries Buttermilk Crispy Chicken

McDonald’s Tries Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Having substituted new Artisan Grilled Chicken as an improvement for its grilled product this spring, McDonald’s now is introducing an improvement on its crispy chicken patty: Premium Buttermilk Crispy Chicken. The rollout had been expected. The…

McDonald’s Optimizes the Future

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In July 2012, in his first quarterly earnings conference call as CEO, Don Thompson put his faith in a three-pronged strategy to bring McDonald’s up to date and beyond. “By remaining committed to our long-term strategies to optimize our menu, modernize the customer experience and broaden accessibility to brand McDonald’s

The Rise of the Frickle

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Long dill pickle slices have been something of a signature on burgers served at Canada’s Harvey’s chain. But now its customers have a new topping/side option: deep-fried dill pickle spears. Sometimes called “frickles,” deep-fried pickles aren’t new, especially on Southern and Low country menus where they’ve long been favorites. Now

9 Billion Burgers Served in 2014

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Restaurant customer traffic showed no growth in 2014 but NPD Group reports it was a great year to be a burger. Burgers were served 9 billion times at U.S. restaurants and foodservice outlets last year, a 3% increase from 2013. Burgers’ gain comes at the expense of the sandwich category,

Does McDonald’s Have Near-Term Answers?

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In poker a “tell” is a facial expression or word that inadvertently betrays the power or deficiency of a player’s hand. It can happen in business, too, and Mike Andres, named last August to replace Jeff Stratton as president of McDonald’s USA, said something during last Friday’s Q4 earnings call

Wendy’s Updates Bacon and Blue Burger

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Five years ago Wendy’s was the first national chain to add a blue-cheese-topped burger when it introduced the Bacon & Blue. Now it updates the idea with the Bacon and Blue on Brioche burger, which joins its menu this week. The build includes crumbled Wisconsin blue cheese, three strips of

McD’s Franchisees Target McCafé, Happy Meals for Cuts

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McCafé and Happy Meals are the top candidates McDonald’s franchisees name when asked what should be cut from or simplified on the chain’s menu. Janney Montgomery Scott restaurant analyst Mark Kalinowski’s most recent survey of franchisees led him to lower his estimate of December same-store sales to -2.1%. McDonald’s Corp.

One Burger Bar’s Burger Breakout

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Wannaburger is a neat, very smartly designed burger shop on Queensferry Street in Edinburgh, Scotland. Last year it sold a very respectable 100,000 burgers and they’ve provided a pie chart that breaks out what sold. I find it fascinating. Two numbers that stand out first for me are 8% of