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Hortons Deal Damages BK Consumer Perception

The home of the Angry Whopper is the focus of angry consumers. Burger King Corp.’s proposed $11 billion acquisition of Canadian chain Tim Hortons was widely characterized as a canny tax-saving maneuver as soon as it was announced. The combined entity’s headquarters would be in Canada where corporate tax rates are lower. But what Burger [...]

Have Dollar Menus Created ‘Dollar Food’?

McDonald’s sharp 2.8% decline in same-store sales for August announced this morning is indicative of a continuing shift in eating behavior, according to research from New York City-based Brand Keys. It finds that QSR brands continue to leak customers—of all ages—largely to fast-casual brands.

The creations of dollar menus by many top QSRs may be [...]

Bad Buzz Doesn’t Hurt McBusiness

It’s a familiar story: People say they don’t think much of McDonald’s, but when it’s time to grab a burger, more people head for the Golden Arches than other options. So YouGov BrandIndex’s tracking of consumer perceptions of major brands finds the Buzz score for McDonald’s sliding even while it maintains its solid advantage when [...]

UK Menus Continue to Import American Fare

Burgers remain the No.1 main-course dish on British menus, but their popularity is slipping, researcher Horizons reports. Some 17% fewer dishes on menus featured burgers in the June 2014 Menurama survey than a year ago. But that dip is not the result of Britons having tired of American food.

On trend: London’s Bubbledogs features [...]

Independents Power Burger Boom

Proving more vibrant than many had predicted, the limited-service burger category continues to grow faster than the overall restaurant industry. And independent, corner burger restaurants are powering that growth, not McDonald’s or Shake Shack.

According to NPD Group’s Spring 2014 report, the overall restaurant (all types) count is up 0.8% since its spring 2013 census. [...]

Restaurant Industry Unit Growth Sluggish

The NPD Group says the total number of U.S. restaurants stood at 635,494 in its Spring (March) 2014 count. That’s flat compared with the 633,043 count for Fall 2013 and shows growth of just 0.8% since the Spring 2013 census.

The 351,359 independent restaurants in the Spring 2014 count account for 55.3% of the total. [...]

In Solitary: Most Meals Eaten Alone

For most Americans, eating a meal is a solitary rather than social occasion.

More than half (57%) of all eating occasions (both at-home and away-from-home) in the U.S. are people eating alone, according to data from The NPD Group. It notes that 27% of U.S. households now consist of a single person, the highest level [...]

Should McDonald’s Fear Chick-fil-A?

Despite the incessant chatter about “burger wars,” the competitor McDonald’s should be closely watching is neither Burger King nor Wendy’s but Chick-fil-A, according to an investor brief from Janney Montgomery Scott analyst Mark Kalinowski. He calls the chicken chain a “serious and growing competitive threat” to the largest QSR brand.

Chick-fil-A won’t top McDonald’s in [...]