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McDonald’s Tests Guacamole as Topping, Side Dish

McDonald’s is borrowing an item from Chipotle Mexican Grill’s pantry and is testing guacamole not only as a burger topping but as a separate side dish as well.

In Denver, McDonald’s is offering a Guacamole Burger topped with a Hass avocado guacamole, pico de gallo, lettuce and white Cheddar, served on the glossy [...]

Culver’s Tests Chicken, Ciabatta and More

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Culver’s always will be the home of the ButterBurger, but as it expands–its 500th unit opened in March and it is in 21 states–the Wisconsin-based chain continues to look at what it can bring to its menu, including chicken

In September 2011, the chain introduced a new line of premium, antibiotic-free, natural chicken sandwiches and [...]

U.S. Supermarket Testing of McCafé Coffee Has Begun

[Update: Photo added of McCafe on shelves.] [Update: McDonald's responded with this statement: "McDonald’s is committed to serving delicious, high quality coffee that our customers can feel good about – at a value. We are building on the momentum of our McCafé beverages in our restaurants by expanding these options as we increasingly strive to [...]

Monday Meeting: Localization Strategies & Blue Cheese

→ The year’s second half began for McDonald’s with the same disappointing sales in much of Europe reported during the first two quarters. Comparable sales for the region were down 1.1% in Q1 and 0.1% in Q2 before dropping 1.9% in July. The continuing storyline is that the UK and Russia are strong but France, [...]

Burger Chains Brew Iced-Tea Battle

This is the first week of summer, when temperatures and iced-tea consumption rise sharply. But with the noisy introductions of such recent entrees as Wendy’s Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger, Sonic’s Pretzel Dogs and McDonald’s new Quarter Pounders it’s been easy to overlook the quiet race for iced-tea supremacy going on among the top burger chains. Like [...]

Innovation on the Menu for McDonald’s

McDonald’s is renewing its push to foster innovation as the way to build its QSR sales leadership in a slow-growth restaurant marketplace. The result of that push may be significant developments in food, store operations and technology.

CEO Don Thompson sees opportunities for bundled meal options like the multi-person Dinner Box program in Australia.

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CKE Tweaks McD’s Over Angus; Wendy’s Tests BBQ Salad

Just as McDonald’s rolls out its new Quarter Pounder varieties that replace the discontinued Angus Third Pounder line, rival CKE Restaurants is reminding burger lovers that its Angus burgers aren’t leaving. Even better, CKE is offering $1 to salve McDonald’s customers’ broken hearts.

CKE took out a full-page ad in USA Today and [...]

Red Robin’s Adult Education

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers announced positive results for 2012’s Q4, including a 1.4% same-store sales increase (1.1% of which came from check increase). It also provided an update on its ongoing efforts to make the chain more appealing to adults dining without children. This includes a shift this year to serving its burgers on china [...]