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What College Students Want From QSRs

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This fall, about 20.5 million students will be enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities, where they will encounter sophisticated and diverse campus foodservice options. Of course, that won’t keep them from occasionally visiting off-campus restaurants, where they’ll have strong expectations about taste, price and quality. A new study of college-student

Burger of the Month Specials: Aug ’16

Burger of the Month Specials: Aug ’16 High summer brings burger creativity and the August Burger of the Month Specials don’t disappoint. Here are more than 60 burger builds worth trying. But let me begin with a shout out I’ve been meaning to…

What College Students Want From QSRs

What College Students Want From QSRs This fall, about 20.5 million students will be enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities, where they will encounter sophisticated and diverse campus foodservice options. Of course, that won’t keep them from occasionally visiting off-campus restaurants, where…

Big Plans for Home of the Motherburger

Big Plans for Home of the Motherburger Recently, B&B Franchise Group in Boca Raton, Fla., operator of the seven-unit Burger & Beer Joint chain announced that CEO Bill Herman and private equity firm Larsen MacColl Partners had acquired control. Plans are in place…

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers, 8/5

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers, 8/5 This week’s roundup of distinctive burgers begins with a camel burger and ends with a mountain of meat between two buns, In between there’s a burger with broccolini, one with an Italian meatball, another with a…

Jack’s Brewhouse Burger Joins Beer Trend

Jack’s Brewhouse Burger Joins Beer Trend Jack in the Box today introduces its latest upscale burger LTO, called Jack’s Brewhouse Bacon Burger (below). The name alludes to a Porter Ale cheese sauce that partners with its signature 1/4-lb. beef patty, grilled onions,…

Big Plans for Home of the Motherburger

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Recently, B&B Franchise Group in Boca Raton, Fla., operator of the seven-unit Burger & Beer Joint chain announced that CEO Bill Herman and private equity firm Larsen MacColl Partners had acquired control. Plans are in place to open 15 locations over the four years, in the U.S. and internationally. BurgerBusiness.com

Wendy’s Ponders ‘Appropriate’ Pricing

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Emil Brolick, who retired as Wendy’s CEO in May, used to give wonderful, thoughtful mini-lectures on industry issues occasionally during earnings calls. In February, I called his report a “QSR Tutorial.” I’m pleased that his successor, Todd A. Penegor, is maintaining that style. Wendy’s Q2 reported included weak same-store sales—0.4%–but

Red Robin Looks to Regain Its Mojo

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Can melted cheese reverse Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews’ decline? A new value-priced menu of cheesy items is one of several initiatives announced this morning by the chain’s new CEO, Denny Marie Post, who laid out her plan to “get our mojo back.” It won’t be easy, as she

Tasty Burger Calls Out Tasty Made

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The “Food with Integrity” chain is being accused of having too little of just that. The Boston-based Tasty Burger chain maintains Chipotle Mexican Grill’s upcoming Tasty Made burger concept is far too similar in name and logo. Chipotle, of course, is denying any wrongdoing because, well, it’s Chipotle. In a

Whopperrito Is Latest Burger King LTO

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Burger King last week said it would continue with its strategy of impactful menu additions despite weak Q2 U.S. sales and here’s the proof: The chain on Aug. 15 will introduced nationally its burger-burrito hybrid, the Whopperito. The Whopperrito uses the same ground beef as Burger King’s burgers, but seasoned

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burgers, 8/5

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This week’s roundup of distinctive burgers begins with a camel burger and ends with a mountain of meat between two buns, In between there’s a burger with broccolini, one with an Italian meatball, another with a Swiss rösti patty and a stuffed burger from Peru. Nowhere else but BurgerBusiness.com.  

Jack: QSRs Losing Sales to Supermarkets

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It was Jack in the Box’s turn to explain the slumping quick-service restaurant business and Chairman-CEO Lenny Comma pointed to “deal fatigue” and a rising gap between food-at-home and food-away-from home prices, a gap causing “transaction erosion” to supermarkets. For its fiscal Q3 ended July 3, 2016, Jack in the