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15 Test Foods We’re Still Waiting For

15 Test Foods We’re Still Waiting For

The competitive environment, especially among burger chains, is intense now. That results in low- or no-growth quarters and a reliance on discounts. It also has pushed chains to market test lots of potential menu additions. Wendy’s just moved its Bacon Mozzarella Cheeseburger, tested last year, onto its menu. McDonald’s is testing fresh ground beef and […]

Burger Chains Accelerate Menu R&D

Burger Chains Accelerate Menu R&D

Burger chains are accelerating menu R&D to counter a continuing softness in the market. The National Restaurants Association reports that its Restaurant Performance Index dipped 1.4 points from February, with its Current Situation Index and Expectation Index both showing declines. As a result, a string of new menu items are going into test or onto […]

McWrap’s Rise & Fall: A Timeline

McWrap’s Rise & Fall: A Timeline

McDonald’s has eliminated the McWrap from its menu, Bloomberg reported and McDonald’s confirmed. Bloomberg speculated that McWraps were not popular with millennials, although their $3.99 price, steep in 2013 when they were introduced nationally in the U.S., may also have been a factor in a tight, cost-conscious economy. And how can the popular “Why Millennials […]

Yorkshire Pudding Buns & Other News

Yorkshire Pudding Buns & Other News

Yorkshire pudding buns are just the wildest part of UK chain Handmade Burger Co.’s menu revamp. The chain—with 20 locations in England and four in Scotland—has rethought its whole menu, including sides as well as burgers, creating new combinations that define the 21st century burger bar. Handmade still offers more than 50 burgers, all scratch-made. […]

Burger King Will Add Grilled Hot Dogs

Burger King Will Add Grilled Hot Dogs

Burger King will introduce a two-item line of grilled hot dogs in more than 7,000 U.S. stores on February 23, a move that President of Burger King North America Alex Macedo told BurgerBusiness.com is “as big and important a leap as bringing chicken into the stores in the ‘70s was.” The Grilled Dogs line of […]

How to Make Valentine’s Day a Burger Day

How to Make Valentine’s Day a Burger Day

You build a business with great ideas plus the courage to act on them. Valentine’s Day is a traditionally strong day for restaurants, but not necessarily for burger joints. Owner Sam Glynn and his team at Chomp Kitchen and Drinks in Warren, R.I., refused to accept conventional wisdom or conventional promotions. Thus was born the […]

Six Bold Burgers for Mardi Gras

Six Bold Burgers for Mardi Gras

Happy Mardi Gras! It’s the annual party in preparation for that parade of boring fish sandwiches onto menus that already has begun. Ugh. As our friends at DMK Burger Bar here put it, Mardi Gras is about “Puttin’ the ‘fat’ in ‘Fat Tuesday,’ but it’s oh-so-worth-it.” Here are six burger joints with great ways to […]

McDonald’s Hot Menu Item: Big Mac Sauce

McDonald’s Hot Menu Item: Big Mac Sauce

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 the UK, the chain has […]

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