2014 Burger Brackets Voting is Over

Congratulations to champion Burgatory! Thank you for casting a record 149,789 votes and thank you to A.1. Steak Sauce for making this year’s competition possible.

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More On QSR Menu ‘Recycling’

As it happens, there’s more to the Burger King update than the Chicken Big King glossed in the previous post. Although the chain swears it’s not returning to its old too-many-new-products ways, Burger King has introduced two other new products: the BBQ Bacon Whopper and Honey BBQ Chicken Strips.

While new, these are consistent with [...]

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 [...]

McDonald’s Bundles Dollar Menu as “Value Packs”

The Dollar Menu & More was just introduced to McDonald’s U.S. stores but the chain already is looking for ways to leverage that budget menu. One possibility is the “Mickey D’s Value Pack” multi-person meals that a McDonald’s spokesperson confirmed are being tested in select Western Division markets.

In Dallas, two options are being offered; [...]

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, [...]

Check Increase Buoys Red Robin Sales

The difficulty of the current restaurant marketplace is such that despite reporting solid results, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers executives felt compelled to advise analysts that sales increases are hard won. “The environment continues to be volatile from a consumer spending [perspective],” SVP-CFO Stuart Brown cautioned. “Consumers continue to pull back even more than we had [...]

Red Robin’s Premium Line; Wendy’s Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger

Two major burger chains are making good on earlier promises to expand their premium-burger menus. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers had initiated testing of a line of high-end burgers while Wendy’s this week rolls out its much-anticipated Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger.

Wendy’s Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger

In May, Red Robin CEO Steve Carley told analysts the chain [...]

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 [...]

Wendy’s Green-Lights Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger

Wendy’s this year will introduce nationally the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger that it has tested in a few markets, according to Janney Montgomery Scott Analyst Mark Kalinowski. The premium, pretzel-bun burger has enough upward sales potential that Kalinowski upgraded The Wendy’s Co. to Buy.

“We do not know exactly when this product will go national; Wendy’s [...]