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Is 'Nduja the Next Hot Burger Trend?

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 10:20 AM

Burger makers have tried so many different patty blends--combinations of beef, bacon, pork, chorizo, sausage, bison, even Spam--that it's possible to question whether the options have been exhausted. But they haven't. A few intrepid kitchen magicians already are working with what may be the next on-trend burger ingredient: 'Nduja.


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McDonald's 'Test Lab' Gets a New Menu

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 11:08 AM

McDonald's says The Corner café that it opened in Australia last December is proving to be a successful incubator for new menu items but the company doesn't intend to open another location. The concept's new menu, launched October 22, moves even farther away from burgers and fries, which means some...

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Have C-Stores Surpassed Fast-Food Restaurants?

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 1:33 PM

Have convenience stores replaced restaurants as consumers' top choice for prepared food? Researcher The NPD Group's QSR Plus Retail Market Monitor--a continuous, daily tracker that monitors awareness, trial, and usage for QSR operators in major markets and nationally--finds that the number of prepared-food purchases made at retail outlets (c-stores and...

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Mammoth Scottish Burger Discovered

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 11:02 AM

The best thing about the Mammoth Burger Challenge underway at Steak, Cattle & Roll in Glasgow, Scotland, is that if you finish the burger that's the size of your server's head in 60 minutes or less, a free dessert is part of your reward.

You'll appreciate the delicious absurdity of...

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Homestyle Chicken Is in: Spicy Is Yesterday

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 11:45 AM

"One day you're in and the next day, you re out." Heidi Klum's fashion dictum applies to chicken sandwiches as well, it seems. Spicy chicken that was all the rage? Pushed aside and replaced by new down-home, country-style chicken. Sliced jalapeños have given way to sliced pickles; sriracha aïoli has...

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Flavored Buns: The Next Burger Trend?

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 10:51 AM

Pizza chains try to outdo each with flavored pizza crusts and burgers could be in for a similar competition, this one involving flavored burger buns.

Wayback Burgers' latest LTO (available through year-end) is the Crispy Chicken Sriracha Sandwich that boasts chicken tenders topped with a creamy Sriracha sauce, sriracha grilled...

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All-Day Breakfast Boosts McDonald's Perceptions

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 12:55 PM

Sales results won't be known for a while, but McDonald's introduction of all-day breakfast has boosted consumer perception of its brand, according to data from YouGov BrandIndex. Among frequent breakfast eaters, the bounce has been even higher.

McDonald's overall perception score has lagged its competitors for more than a year...

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Pricey Sides Build Checks at Burger Bars, Chains

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 1:27 PM

If the goal is to increase average checks, a popular means to that end for quick-service restaurants recently has been to bundle fries and a beverage with a burger to ensure that high-margin sides are purchased. An example is Wendy's new "4 for $4 Meal": Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger, four chicken...

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The Secrets to Making All-Day McBreakfast Work

(2) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 9:37 AM

"This is an opportunity for us to say, 'We hear you. We're listening.' And we're responding," Wendell Sconiers, VP-Operations for McDonald's USA says of today's launch of all-day breakfast.

In fact, McDonald's says it has responded to every person who ever tweeted "Why can't we have breakfast all day?" or...

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Burger King Is Bringing Its Black Bun Whopper To The U.S. For Halloween

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 2:11 PM

Burger King confirmed recent reports that it plans to release a black-bun Whopper here in the U.S.., inspired by the black-bun burgers the chain has sold in Asia for several years.

Burger King isn't saying if bamboo charcoal or squid ink is used to blacken the buns...

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McDonald's Ready to Release Its First Organic Beef Burger

(3) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 8:01 AM

McDonald's will release its first 100 percent organic-beef burger next week, when the "McB" joins the chain's menu in Germany.

Beginning Oct. 1, the "McB" (below) will be available in at approximately 1,500 McDonald's in Germany. In addition to the organic beef patty, the burger has Lollo Bionda...

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Book a Table at McDonald's? Sweden Tries It

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 10:26 AM

McDonald's in Sweden is inviting diners to book a table as it continues efforts to move perceptions of its brand more upscale in Europe.

The chain today (Sept. 22, 2015) will introduce its latest limited-time specialty burger in Sweden, the 150 g (5.3 oz.) Maestro Classic. Sophisticated but simple, the...

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Restaurants Scramble to Protect Breakfast Sales

(2) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 11:54 AM

McDonald's upcoming October 6 introduction of a limited all-day breakfast menu has not just other QSRs but also mid-price family concepts scrambling to defend their breakfast turfs. The NPD Group reported that breakfast has been the fast growing daypart, with a 4% increase in customer counts during the 12 months...

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McDonald's New 'Try It; You'll Like It' Strategy

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 11:51 AM

One of McDonald's toughest problems isn't bad food; it's the popular knee-jerk negativity that immediately dismisses its food as bad. It isn't cool to like McDonald's, an affliction from which some media outlets suffer. McDonald's is an easy and frequent target for snarky tweets and the elitist jabs from people...

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McWhopper: BK Suggests Truce, Collaboration

(8) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 10:45 AM

In a full-page "open letter" ad appearing today (8/26) in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune, Burger King proposes to McDonald's that they collaborate on a joint burger, the "McWhopper," in the interests of nothing less than world peace.

The ad (see it here) imagines "a one-off...

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Donald Trump Burger Seeks Fans in UK

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 3:07 PM

National Burger Day may be a UK event, but Donald Trump is there, too, if only in spirit. The third annual celebration of the one-day (Aug. 27) event includes 20% discounts on burgers at hundreds of restaurants--from burger bars to ethnic concepts--plus a "Street Feast" Thursday evening in Dalston Yard...

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Red Robin Gets Trendy for Fall

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 3:55 PM

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers again adds a seasonal burger for fall, but this year it also taps into two hot menu trends: topping burgers with hot dogs or sausage, and dressing up fries into entrée-size creations.

Through Nov. 1, Red Robin puts a new item in its premium-price Finest burger...

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McDonald's Adds Buttermilk Crispy Chicken

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 12:57 PM

Having earlier subbed in new Artisan Grilled Chicken as an improvement for its grilled product, McDonald's is introducing an improvement on its crispy chicken patty: Premium Buttermilk Crispy Chicken.

The rollout was expected. The item had been tipped, unexpectedly, in March by the Food Allergy Research & Education...

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Table Service Comes to McDonald's in England

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 11:17 AM

McDonald's is offering table service in one Manchester restaurant, will offer it soon in 11 more restaurants and could roll it out across its 1,250 UK locations if the service style is well received, The Guardian reports.

"We have listened to customer feedback and to meet their evolving...

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McDonald's Tests 'Gourmet Breakfast' In Australia, Including Avocado Toast

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 2:55 PM

Already testing all-day breakfast, McDonald's Australia operation--which developed the Create Your Taste platform, McCafé and other ideas now in the U.S. -- is testing an upscale "Gourmet Breakfast" menu, has learned.

All-day breakfast, launched July 2 in the Illawarra region south of Sydney and since spread to the Gold...

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