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Taco Bell Introduces the Cheesy Street Chalupas: A Flavorful Homage to Street Tacos 

Taco Bell is introducing the new Cheesy Street Chalupas, a menu item that fuses inspiration from street tacos with Taco Bell flavors and Quesalupa-inspired cheesy chalupa shells. The Cheesy Street Chalupas are street-sized and served as a bundle of two, featuring traditional street taco ingredients – like fresh onions and cilantro – remixed with premium proteins, all wrapped in chalupa shells that have been stuffed with melted mozzarella and pepperjack cheeses. Fans can enjoy their choice of slow-roasted Cantina chicken or grilled...

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Jul 19 2:16 PM, Urner Barry



Bojangles Brings Back BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Exclusive WWE Collectible Cups

Bojangles, the beloved Carolina-born restaurant chain known for its legendary flavor, announces the return of its BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich for a limited time only. This fan-favorite features a tender, juicy North Carolina pit-smoked pulled pork piled high and topped with the restaurant’s signature BBQ sauce and crisp, creamy house-made coleslaw.

This year, fans can enjoy the delicious BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with an extra special side. Throughout the month of July, and while supplies last, Bojangles is partnering with WWE to celebrate... 

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Jul 16 10:07 AM, Urner Barry


Good Times Restaurants Reports Third Fiscal Quarter Same Store Sales

Good Times Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: GTIM), operator of Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar and Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard, today announced that same store sales1 increased 5.8% for its Good Times brand and increased 1.2% for its Bad Daddy’s brand compared to the same prior-year fiscal quarter and average weekly sales2 were $31,780 and $52,555 for its Good Times and Bad Daddy’s brands, respectively, for its third fiscal quarter ended June 25, 2024.

Ryan Zink, President and CEO, said, “The positive same store sales trends at Good Times... 

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Jul 10 12:31 PM, Urner Barry


Roy Rogers Partners with Mike’s Hot Honey® for Chicken and Waffles

Roy Rogers® Restaurants, the iconic western-themed quick-service restaurant chain, is partnering with Mike’s Hot Honey® to bring guests its limited-time menu item, Chicken and Waffles. The sweet and savory dish includes crispy, golden chicken and fluffy, warm waffles, drizzled with the sweet heat of Mike's Hot Honey and topped with powdered sugar.

“We knew that Mike’s Hot Honey was the perfect choice to take our new Chicken and Waffles offering to the next level and introduce a new...

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Jul 10 12:23 PM, Urner Barry


The Wendy's Company Announces Plans to Enter  European Markets as the Brand Continues Global Growth

Wendy's®, the iconic global quick-service restaurant brand based in the United States, today announced the signing of two new development agreements with franchisees in the Republic of Ireland and Romania. These franchisees plan to support Wendy's expansion goals to develop hundreds of restaurants across Europe over the next decade, beginning in 2025. The Company is also actively recruiting well-established franchisee candidates in European markets to help expand its restaurant footprint across the continent. Wendy's is looking for franchisees with strong operations experience...

 

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Jul 9 12:55 PM, Urner Barry


Jack in the Box Makes Triumphant Return to Chicago with Eight Planned Openings

Iconic Brand Returns to Chicago for the First Time in Four Decades

Locations Planned to Open in 2025 Throughout Chicagoland with Targeted Expansion Plans for Over 125 Locations in the Area

Jack in the Box Inc., a leading franchisor in the quick-service restaurant industry, today announced its highly anticipated return to the Chicagoland market. This accelerated development plan includes eight company-operated units and as part of the brand’s strategic market plan, Jack in the Box has identified more than 125 potential trade area opportunities for...

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Jul 2 3:53 PM, Urner Barry


Celebrate with Krispy Krunchy Chicken® on July 6!

Get ready to heat up your summer with the ultimate crunch! National Fried Chicken Day is July 6 and Krispy Krunchy Chicken®, one of the fastest-growing hot food concepts in the convenience store business, is here to satisfy your craving for the best fried chicken around with an exceptional offer starting at just $5.99 at participating Krispy Krunchy® locations. Celebrate this delicious holiday with Krispy Krunchy's® "Your Choice" Meal Deals and gather your fried chicken-loving friends to indulge in this unbeatable deal while it lasts...

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Jul 1 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Panera Takes Breakfast into its New Era with Savory and Sweet New Breakfast Menu

From savory to sweet, Panera Bread is bringing the "Cinna-mmm" this June as it continues its menu transformation with a suite of new and limited-edition breakfast items sure to wake up any morning meal. Now available at bakery-cafes nationwide, the new breakfast responds to guest preferences, bringing more bacon, new proteins and offering creative spins on popular bakery items.

New Breakfast Sandwiches Deliver Crave-Worthy Flavor
Panera Bread's commitment to delicious and satisfying breakfast options continues with the introduction of new breakfast sandwiches...

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Jun 28 3:13 PM, Urner Barry


Rubix Foods Launches Influencer Network to Inspire QSR Concept Development

Rubix Foods, a premier culinary and food science-focused provider of flavor and functional ingredients to restaurants, announced today its new insights generator: the NEXT Flavor Network. This exclusive group of taste-making social influencers will collaborate with the Rubix team by channeling the ideas, wants and cravings of their Gen Z audiences, supplying this insight directly to the company's roster of quick-serve restaurant (QSR) customers. This newly established Network will serve as an extension to Rubix's already robust market research and consumer insights department...

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Jun 27 11:21 AM, Urner Barry


Popeyes® Launches Boneless Wings and Sets Out to Convert Boneless Deniers Into Believers 

For the first time in the brand's history, Popeyes® introduces Boneless Wings as a permanent new menu item, available nationwide. The brand continues to expand its Wings offerings with NEW Boneless Wings in six signature mouth-watering flavors: Classic, Honey Lemon Pepper, Signature Hot, Honey BBQ, Sweet 'N Spicy, and Roasted Garlic Parmesan. Each boneless wing is made from tender all-white meat chicken breast, hand-battered, breaded, and fried to crispy perfection. Popeyes Boneless Wings are made with their classic base, and whether... 

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Jun 26 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Hard Rock Cafe's World Burger Tour Competition Lets Guests Try Five New, Culturally Inspired Burgers 

Starting tomorrow, in honor of Hard Rock International Founders' Day, Hard Rock Cafe® locations around the world will debut five locally developed, culturally inspired burgers on the menu for the limited-time return of the World Burger Tour competition. Things are heating up this summer at Hard Rock Cafes where guests can enjoy:

  • Bengaluru Burger: 7 oz steak burger, American cheese, sweet & spicy pickled mayo, black bean corn salsa, roasted jalapeno, guacamole, shredded lettuce - a creation of Hard Rock Cafe Bengaluru, India...
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Jun 13 1:40 PM, Urner Barry


Jack in the Box Announces First-Ever Entry into Georgia

Jack in the Box Inc., a leading franchisor in the quick-service restaurant industry, today announced a significant development agreement to open 15 new Jack in the Box locations throughout Georgia. This expansion marks the Company's entry into the Peach State and signifies continued dynamic growth for the brand in the Southeastern United States.

“This new franchise commitment represents a significant step forward in our strategic expansion across the Southeastern United States,” said Tim Linderman, chief development officer. “With the addition...

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Jun 11 3:06 PM, Urner Barry


KFC Adds Honey BBQ Saucy Nuggeys to the Lineup, Plus More Deals for Everyone, Every Day of the Week

KFC is making it a saucy summer with a new roster of its popular KFC Saucy Nuggets and wallet-friendly everyday deals (all available starting today).

KFC's popular saucy nuggets are getting a shakeup just in time for summer! Based on consumer feedback, KFC selected this season's sauces, keeping two fan-favorites, Korean BBQ and Honey Sriracha Saucy Nuggets. Joining the summer sauce line-up is Honey BBQ, a KFC fan-favorite that will be sauced on KFC Nuggets for the...

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Jun 10 4:06 PM, Urner Barry


White Castle Spices Up summer with Two Limited Time Only, All White Meat Chicken Ring Flavors 

White Castle, America's first fast-food hamburger restaurant, is giving chicken and value the royal treatment with the return of Hidden Valley® Ranch Chicken Rings and the introduction of Smoky BBQ Chicken Rings. These versions of the uniquely shaped, lightly breaded and deliciously all white meat Chicken Rings are just 12 for $3.99 at participating Castles.

The new Smoky BBQ Chicken Rings feature the perfect blend of spices, not too sweet and not too spicy, that deliver bold flavor in every bite...

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Jun 5 3:45 PM, Urner Barry


Dave’s Hot Chicken Launches Dave’s Bites

Dave’s Hot Chicken has gone from scrappy, late-night pop-up to becoming one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the nation. It’s gotten there by offering the best-tasting hot chicken on the planet, with an uncompromising focus on quality. Continuing its legacy of offering that combination of quality and craveability, starting June 4, the company is launching Dave’s Bites, the first new Chicken menu item since Dave’s parking lot pop-up days.

Perfect for snacking, Dave’s Bites offer the same taste and quality as the rest of the Dave’s Hot Chicken...

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Jun 5 10:23 AM, Urner Barry


Got Sauce? Wendy's Launches Next-Level Saucy Nuggs Dripping in Flavor

With seven unique ways to Nugg, Wendy's fans can access an exclusive first-taste through the Wendy's app beginning June 3

Calling all chicken nugget lovers – it's time to get saucy with Wendy's®! For years, Wendy's Nuggs have been a cult favorite. Now, get ready to experience them like never before with the arrival of Wendy's Saucy Nuggs. These flavor-packed Wendy's chicken nuggets are freshly tossed and sauced to create seven unique flavors and are served with a side of Ranch or Blue Cheese dipping sauce for...

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Jun 3 9:57 AM, Urner Barry


Smashburger® Welcomes Thomas Prather as Chief Marketing Officer

Smashburger®, a leading fast-casual better burger brand is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Prather as Chief Marketing Officer. With over 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, Prather is primed to fuel the company's global brand strategies.

"We are delighted to welcome Thomas Prather as Smashburger's CMO and are confident that he will be an invaluable addition to our team," said Denise Nelsen, CEO of Smashburger. "Having previously worked alongside Thomas, I know his consistency, attention to detail, and ability to stay current on...

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Jun 3 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Jack in the Box Gives Big Value Energy with New Jack’s Munchies Under $4 Menu

Jack in the Box Inc. is fighting the inflation squeeze with a new value menu that gives fans more ways to choose. With a history of providing a variety of affordable munchie options to its fans, Jack in the Box continues to create new ways to stretch your dollar.

Jack in the Box unveiled a brand new Jack’s Munchies Under $4 Menu, featuring some of the brand’s most beloved, iconic menu items plus a new edition... 

 

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May 30 8:09 AM, Urner Barry


Chick-fil-A Introduces NEW Maple Pepper Bacon Sandwich: Perfectly Sweet with Gentle Heat

This summer, Chick-fil-A® is inviting Guests to embrace the big flavors of a backyard barbecue with the launch of a new, seasonal entrée – the Maple Pepper Bacon Sandwich. Complementing the smoky flavors, Chick-fil-A's much-loved seasonal treat – the Peach Milkshake – is making its return for the 15th year as a perfectly sweet sidekick. Starting June 10, Guests nationwide can enjoy these limited time menu items while supplies last.

Maple Pepper Bacon Sandwich:...

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May 23 2:16 PM, Urner Barry


Jack in the Box Celebrates Jack Box’s Birthday With a Week of FREE Food

Jack in the Box, Inc. knows that birthdays should be birth-weeks. Jack Box, the chain’s beloved leader, is known for giving fans what they want, even on his own birthday. Jack Pack members can take advantage of daily free food offers from May 13 - 19 online and through the Jack app.

For the whole week of Jack Box’s birthday, Jack Packers will get rewarded each day with a new offer with any $1 purchase. Schedule of free offers include...

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May 14 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


McDonald 's Cooperating with Chinese Regulator After Reported Food Issues

White Castle, home of The Original Slider® and America's first fast-food hamburger restaurant, is recognizing National Slider Day on May 15 by treating Cravers to a complimentary Original Slider. No purchase is necessary. Customers will simply use a digital coupon available on White Castle's social media channels or enter the code SLIDERDAY on the app to redeem the offer.

Cravers visiting White Castle on National Slider Day on May 15 will receive a complimentary Original Slider.

White Castle introduced National Slider Day in May 2015 to honor the...

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May 13 2:54 PM, Urner Barry


Burger King® Celebrates 70 Years With a New Birthday Pie Dessert and a Week Full of Delicious Deals

HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY, BK! Burger King® is inviting Guests to celebrate its milestone birthday with an all new and festive dessert – the Birthday Pie Slice. Available for a limited-time at participating restaurants nationwide starting May 13, the new Birthday Pie Slice features a creamy birthday cake flavored pie-filling in a cookie crumb crust topped with rainbow-colored sprinkles, cake bites, and whipped topping.

The party doesn’t stop there! Burger King is best known for the...

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May 8 11:39 AM, Urner Barry


Freddy's Launches Pretzel Bacon BBQ Steakburger & Chicken Sandwich 

Fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers® announced today the return of its Pretzel Bacon BBQ Steakburger with the addition of a Pretzel Bacon BBQ Chicken Sandwich, as well as its new Freddy's Frost lineup, including Lemon Cream and Orange Cream. The limited-time offers are available May 8 through July 2 at all Freddy's locations nationwide via drive-thru, in-restaurant dining, and pickup or delivery through the Freddy's mobile app and at https://freddys.com.

Freddy's returning Pretzel Bacon BBQ Steakburger is made with two premium quality steakburger...

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May 7 11:54 AM, Urner Barry


Popeyes Launches NEW Golden BBQ Chicken Sandwich to Bring Back Lunch Fun

Today, Popeyes® unveils their NEW Golden BBQ Chicken Sandwich, as the latest innovation on its famous Chicken Sandwich lineup. This new offering is more than just a sandwich; it's a declaration that lunch should no longer be boring.

Featuring a new sweet and tangy Golden BBQ sauce, this sandwich is sure to amp up your lunch hour. The Golden BBQ Chicken Sandwich features a buttermilk-battered chicken breast made with all white meat in a sweet and tangy Golden BBQ sauce, served on a buttery-toasted...

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May 7 9:03 AM, Urner Barry


The Wendy's Company Reports 2023 Corporate Responsibility Progress

The Wendy's Company released its 2023 Corporate Responsibility report today, highlighting continued progress against Good Done Right, the Company's corporate responsibility strategy. In the report, Wendy's® details progress the Company has made across initiatives focused on responsible sourcing, fostering equitable workplaces and communities, and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from restaurant operations and the supply chain. In 2023, Wendy's also strengthened stakeholder collaboration – a key ingredient to advancements across its Food, People and Footprint pillars – particularly with franchisees and direct and indirect suppliers...

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May 6 10:29 AM, Urner Barry


Iconic Trio Alert: Taco Bell, Lebron James and Jason Sudeikis for a Taco Tuesday Experience

Taco Bell is bringing icons together to shake up Taco Tuesdays with a new offering that builds on its long history of satisfying cravings with unparalleled value. Available exclusively on Taco Tuesdays from April 23 through June 4, the new $5 Taco Discovery Box brings together three of Taco Bell's most iconic tacos, including the brand-new Cantina Chicken Crispy Taco, and a medium fountain drink, delivering value, variety and craveability in one simple bundle. The limited time offer is accompanied by...

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Apr 23 10:19 AM, Urner Barry


White Castle Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle"

"Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" could be described simply as a movie. But for many people, the story about two average guys on an odyssey to follow their Crave can be classified as a magnum opus. Beginning April 20, White Castle, the iconic American fast-food restaurant, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release by New Line Cinema of "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" with treats for fans visiting their neighborhood Castle or their favorite local grocer's freezer aisle...

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Apr 22 7:55 AM, Urner Barry


Dine Brands Releases 2023 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report

Dine Brands Global, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar®, IHOP®, and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop® restaurants, released its 2023 ESG report which speaks to priorities and progress within the focus areas of People, Planet, Food, and Governance.

“Dine Better, Together is how we describe our intention to combine business growth and competitive strength with our ESG commitments,” says John Peyton, CEO of Dine Brands. “At Dine we remain motivated to provide more than an exceptional dining experience, and we...

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Apr 16 8:06 AM, Urner Barry


Good Times Restaurants Reports Second Fiscal Quarter Same Store Sales

Good Times Restaurants Inc., operator of Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar and Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard, today announced that same store sales1 increased 0.9% for its Good Times brand and decreased 3.2% for its Bad Daddy’s brand compared to the same prior-year fiscal quarter and average weekly sales2 were $27,133 and $50,880 for its Good Times and Bad Daddy’s brands, respectively, for its second fiscal quarter ended March 26, 2024.

Ryan Zink, President and CEO, said “The strength of our Good Times brand is clearly evident from...

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Apr 12 9:27 AM, Urner Barry


ANALYSIS: Raw Material Costs in the QSR Sector - Beef Versus Chicken

Fast food restaurants have garnered a lot of attention in recent months due to increasing menu prices.  We thought it would be worthwhile to examine the costs for different ingredients used by the sector, particularly focusing on raw protein materials required for staple menu items. 

For this analysis, we concentrate on hamburger formulations using a 75% lean point. Cost ratio values below one indicate that a hamburger made exclusively from domestic boneless beef provides greater economic value, while values above one suggest that alternative options...

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Apr 11 8:11 AM, Urner Barry


KFC Global to Welcome New CFO

KFC Global today announced that Alex Barsk (she/her) will be joining KFC Global as our new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), reporting directly to Sabir Sami, KFC Global Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective June 1, 2024.

In this role, Alex will be responsible for leading KFC’s global Finance function, ensuring continued growth and profitability for the KFC business. She will also oversee KFC’s Financial Planning Analysis and Strategy functions.

Alex joins us from our sister brand, Pizza Hut, where she most recently served as Global Chief Financial Officer...

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Apr 11 8:01 AM, Urner Barry


KFC Introduces New "Taste of KFC Deals"- A Value Menu with Real Value- Starting at Just $4.99

KFC is bringing its beloved 11 herbs and spices to an all-new "Taste of KFC Deals" value menu available starting today, with flavor-packed meal deals starting at just $4.99*.

It's been 30 years since food ate up this much of people's incomes, and 56% of consumers are budgeting their finances more now due to inflation.** These deals are tailor-made to fit right into your loud budget – save on delicious fried chicken so you can spend more...

 

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Apr 9 7:59 AM, Urner Barry


Bojangles Introduces Bo's Bird Dog: A Flavorful Twist on a Classic Favorite

Bojangles is giving chicken lovers a tasty, on-the-go way to enjoy one of its most popular menu items with the all-new Bo’s Bird Dog. A spin on a classic hot dog, the Bo’s Bird Dog features a Bojangles Chicken Supreme tender nestled in a split-top bun, topped with thick-cut pickles and drizzled with Carolina Gold sauce – a sweet and tangy honey mustard-based BBQ sauce.

“Bo’s Bird Dogs offer a delicious and portable way to feed the whole...

 

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Apr 9 7:58 AM, Urner Barry


Get Ready for Some Berry Delicious Spring Sensations at Chick-fil-A

Spring is officially in bloom at Chick-fil-A®! Starting April 8, Guests nationwide can enjoy fruity new flavors with a line of Cherry Berry seasonal beverages, the perfect pairing for picnic season. Chick-fil-A is also serving a delicious springtime twist, testing a new limited time entrée available exclusively at participating restaurants in Raleigh, NC: the Pretzel Cheddar Club Sandwich.

Blue Skies and Cherry Vibes
The Cherry Berry beverage line provides a vibrant pop of mixed berry flavors, perfectly sweet and refreshing...

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Apr 4 11:32 AM, Urner Barry


White Castle Savors Value and Flavor with the Introduction of the New $5 Bacon Bundle

White Castle, home of the Original Slider, is doubling down on its commitment to value, and at a time when consumers need it most. The iconic restaurant is launching the $5 Bacon Bundle! This news is so fresh you can hear it sizzling and smell the unmistakable scent of perfectly cooked bacon.

The $5 Bacon Bundle ($6 in Arizona) comes with a choice of two Bacon Sliders — choose from the Bacon Cheese Slider, the 1921 Bacon Cheese...

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Apr 4 9:54 AM, Urner Barry


Robert Irvine and GRUBBRR Launch "Restaurant Revamp" Campaign Ahead of  Fast Food Wage Hikes

GRUBBRR, a cutting-edge provider of self-ordering technology, today announced its collaboration with company investor, partner and celebrity chef Robert Irvine to launch "Restaurant Revamp," a giveaway campaign aimed at addressing solutions to rising labor and food costs in California and beyond. The move comes as California is set to raise hourly wages for fast food employees to $20 per hour starting April 1, 2024, and more restaurant owners and operators are looking to integrate technology as a forward-looking solution...

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Apr 4 9:39 AM, Urner Barry


Delight Restaurant Group Acquires 65 Wendy's Restaurants From Primary Aim, LLC

Delight Restaurant Group announced today the acquisition of 65 Wendy's® restaurants across Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia from Primary Aim, LLC. This acquisition makes Delight Restaurant Group one of the largest franchisees within the Wendy's System.

Delight Restaurant Group is a high performing and growth-oriented restaurant franchise organization founded by Managing Partners Andrew and Richard Krumholz in 2016. With this acquisition, Delight Restaurant Group will own and operate 226 restaurants, generating $500 million in sales, and employing 7,000 people in eight states. Delight Restaurant Group plans...

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Apr 2 10:19 AM, Urner Barry


BurgerFi Gets Saucy with HEINZ REMIX Debut

BurgerFi®, owned by BurgerFi International, Inc., is taking part in the sauce revolution by being the first brand to debut the HEINZ REMIX™ Machine at its 4343 N Ocean Blvd, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308 location. BurgerFi Fi-natics can be the first to create their very-own condiment concoctions with fresh-cut crispy, crunchier BurgerFi French fries, hand beer-battered onion rings and more.

“As a brand, we know that guests are looking for unique dining experiences, and there is nothing more distinctive than being able to...

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Apr 1 9:12 AM, Urner Barry


Del Taco Introduces 2 for $3 Crispy Chicken Tacos and Egg & Cheese Breakfast Rollers

Del Taco, the nation’s second-largest Mexican quick service restaurant,* has created one Del of a deal spanning all dayparts. For a limited time, the fan-favorite Crispy Chicken Tacos and Egg & Cheese Breakfast Rollers are 2 for $3.† Del Yeah!™ Rewards members can save even more cash by redeeming a FREE Iced or Hot Coffee with the purchase of any item in the app.‡

“In times of ever-increasing prices, Del continues to provide our guests with high quality, fresh and...

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Mar 28 3:44 PM, Urner Barry


KFC Takes Finger Lickin' Good to a Whole New Level with New Saucy Nuggets in Five Dripping Flavors

KFC is getting saucy and taking its finger lickin' good chicken nuggets to a whole new level with NEW Saucy Nuggets, with five flavors available at KFC restaurants nationwide starting April 1! The news comes one year after KFC introduced its 100% white meat, hand-breaded chicken nuggets, which quickly became a crowd-pleaser.

For just $5.99,* you can get 10 of KFC's new Saucy Nuggets, dripping in one of FIVE delicious sauce flavors, including three brand-new sauces...

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Mar 28 10:12 AM, Urner Barry


Global Entertainment Icon USHER Becomes Newest Dave’s Hot Chicken Franchisee

Dave’s Hot Chicken, the wildly popular Nashville-style hot chicken sensation that started out seven years ago in an East Hollywood parking lot pop-up, today announced that Entertainment Icon USHER is investing in restaurants across Atlanta in the coming years. USHER will be partnering with Lawrence Kourie and Andrew Feghali, whose company is the longest-tenured Dave’s Hot Chicken franchise group, as well as one of the largest.

The eight-time Grammy Award-winning superstar previously experienced the full heat of Dave’s Hot Chicken when he tried the... 

 

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Mar 27 3:39 PM, Urner Barry


Circana Announces Top 50 U.S. Restaurants

Circana™, the leading advisor on the complexity of consumer behavior, today released its 2024 Definitive U.S. Restaurant Ranking Report, offering insights into evolving consumer habits, performance trends, and the top players in the industry.

While restaurant traffic saw a modest growth of 1% in 2023 compared to the previous year, a 5% increase in consumer spending was recorded, surpassing the 4% growth observed in 2022. Notably, the industry now stands as a half-a-trillion-dollar juggernaut, with dollars exceeding 2019 levels by 12%, despite traffic remaining 8% below prepandemic levels...

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Mar 26 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Popeyes® Introduces New Honey Lemon Pepper Wings

Starting Today Available Exclusively on the Popeyes App or Popeyes.com

Starting today, Popeyes® announces the launch of its latest chicken wing innovation: Honey Lemon Pepper, available exclusively through the Popeyes app or on Popeyes.com from March 19 to March 31 before they are available in restaurants nationwide starting April 1.

This new offering features six juicy, marinated, perfectly crispy chicken wings. Each bite packs a sweet and tangy punch with zesty lemon and a bit of peppery heat from black pepper, giving you all the flavors you love about...

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Mar 19 9:47 AM, Urner Barry


Hardee’s Franchisee Shows Commitment to Greater Triangle Region with New Menu 

Hardee’s franchise owner operator Boddie-Noell Enterprises has a longtime presence in the greater Triangle area of North Carolina and recently made it even bigger with new menu choices at its 72 restaurants in the region, new Hardee’s openings and multi-million-dollar renovations across all locations.

Local Hardee’s are debuting new menu choices, featuring the Hand-Breaded Chicken TendersTM Platter and crinkle-cut fries. The Platter includes choice of three or five tenders and dipping sauce, combined with new crinkle-cut fries, slaw, toast and a beverage...

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Mar 18 9:39 AM, Urner Barry


Taco Bell Launches New Cantina Chicken Menu Nationally to Shake up the Daytime

Taco Bell, the brand synonymous with late night, is tackling misconceptions that cheesy, crunchy, spicy cravings can only be satisfied late-night. Introducing the all-new, elevated Cantina Chicken Menu; including five new menu items: The Cantina Chicken Soft Taco, Cantina Chicken Crispy Taco, Cantina Chicken Burrito, Cantina Chicken Quesadilla, and Cantina Chicken Bowl. Select items of the Cantina Chicken Menu are now available* to Taco Bell Rewards members and the full menu will be available to all fans on March 21...

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Mar 14 12:12 PM, Urner Barry


The Habit Burger Grill Introduces $6 Grown-Up Meal After Discovering Adults Love Kids' Menu Savings

The Habit Burger Grill, known for its flame-fresh chargrilled Charburgers, signature sandwiches, salads, and shakes, has sponsored a study on Americans' dining habits amidst inflation. Conducted by OnePoll and surveying 2,000 adults nationwide, the study revealed a surprising trend: while 75 percent of Americans support adults ordering from kids' menus to save money, many feel too embarrassed to do so. In fact, only 20 percent reported they actually have ordered a kid’s meal for themselves...

 

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Mar 14 10:00 AM, Urner Barry


Krystal Breaks Ground in North Carolina With New Design

Krystal Restaurants LLC, the original quick-service restaurant chain in the South, announces a strategic expansion into North Carolina, marking a pivotal step in the brand’s plans to expand across the United States. The new builds will boast a sleek and contemporary design and cater to consumers’ on-the-go dining desires. The location is projected to open in Fall 2024.

“We are proud to bring our standout business model and our innovative restaurant design to the state of North Carolina,” said Josh Kern, CEO of... 

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Mar 13 3:30 PM, Urner Barry


Roy Rogers Unveils Savory Wild Dill Chicken Sandwich and Pickle Fries; Brings Back Mint Chip Shake

Roy Rogers® Restaurants, the iconic western-themed quick-service restaurant chain, is thrilled to announce the launch of two brand new menu items – the Wild Dill Sandwich and Pickle Fries, complemented by the return of the Mint Chocolate Chip Shake and Ice Cream. These mouthwatering options will be available for Roy Rogers loyalty customers to order online, or via Roy's Rewards App starting March 12, and in participating locations beginning March 14.

The Wild Dill Sandwich features a hand-battered and breaded...

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Mar 12 1:57 PM, Urner Barry


Restaurants Are Raising Prices in California as Pay Rises. One Chain Isn’t.

At least one restaurant chain plans to hold the line on what it charges customers even as others are raising prices in California because of the state's minimum-wage boost for fast-food workers.

Mediterranean-style restaurant chain Cava says its recent growth will allow it to absorb the higher labor costs without lifting menu prices. And with a smaller footprint in California than other chains that have said they would raise prices, Cava may not feel as much pain from higher labor costs...

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Mar 11 10:25 AM, Urner Barry


Freddy's Launches New Kids Meals Featuring Mascot FredHead and Friends

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers® is thrilled to announce the launch of its exciting new Kids Meals featuring a delightful cast of characters led by its new lovable mascot, FredHead. The new Kids Meals are now available to order at Freddy's locations nationwide via drive-thru, in-restaurant dining, and pickup or delivery through the Freddy's mobile app and at https://freddys.com.

Freddy's Kids Meals come complete with a delicious selection of kid-friendly options: Single Cheeseburger, Hot Dog, or Chicken Tenders, with a side choice of shoestring fries or applesauce...

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Mar 8 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


Wendy's Fuels March Madness Fans with $1 Dave's Single and $2 Dave's Double All Tournament Long

It's almost time for tipoff! While fans are busy researching teams for brackets, getting their gear ready, and prepping their watching schedule, Wendy's® is fueling the fandom with March Madness® deals all month long!

To celebrate the biggest basketball tournament of the year, Wendy's fans can score a $1 Dave's Single® or a $2 Dave's Double® with Wendy's app offers*.

WHAT: Wendy's is serving up the best tasting burgers in the game...

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Mar 5 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


It's Not Pizza It's Chizza- KFC Brings the Global BestSeller to U.S. Menus For the First Time

From the fried chicken chain that brought you the Double Down, KFC has done it again – pairing the unexpected to create another mouthwatering meal. Starting Feb. 26 for a limited time, KFC is introducing the international smash hit, Chizza ("cheet-za"), to KFC menus in the U.S.* It's not pizza, it's Chizza: two 100% white meat Extra Crispy™ fried chicken filets topped with zesty marinara sauce, melty mozzarella cheese and crispy pepperoni...

 

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Mar 1 9:27 AM, Urner Barry


Carl's Jr. Introduces Spicy Breakfast Burger and Spicy Western Bacon Cheeseburger

Following the burger-induced chaos of Carl's Jr. Free Burger Day on February 12, when more than 200,000 burgers were redeemed, the brand is continuing to feed guests' insatiable craving for bold, new flavors. Available starting today, Carl's Jr. is introducing two menu items to its flavorful lineup – the new Spicy Breakfast Burger and the return of the Spicy Western Bacon Burger, both twists on the classic Western Bacon Cheeseburger.

As part of the flavorful upgrade, the Spicy Breakfast Burger features a charbroiled all-beef patty...

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Mar 1 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


The Wrap Battle Heats up as Burger King® Introduces New Fiery Buffalo Flavor to Royal Crispy Wraps

Burger King is bringing the heat to its fan-favorite wraps with an all-new Fiery Buffalo Royal Crispy Wrap. Starting March 7, the fiery flavor will be available for Guests to try alongside the existing lineup of Royal Crispy Wraps that launched on menus nationwide last August – including Classic, Spicy and Honey Mustard.

The new Fiery Buffalo Royal Crispy Wrap features crispy white meat chicken breast fillet coated in a spicy Buffalo glaze and a creamy...

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Mar 1 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


The Wendy's Company Names Matt Spessard Chief Information Officer

The Wendy's Company (Nasdaq: WEN) announced the appointment of Matt Spessard as Chief Information Officer. He will report to President and Chief Executive Officer Kirk Tanner and serve on the Wendy's Senior Leadership Team. Spessard will succeed Kevin Vasconi who has served as Chief Information Officer since October 2020.

Spessard has served as Senior Vice President, Global Chief Technology Officer for The Wendy's Company since August 2022. In this role, he was accountable for establishing the Wendy's System global technology vision and leading technological innovation...

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Feb 27 1:47 PM, Urner Barry


Nathan’s Famous Continues International Expansion in 2024

Nathan’s Famous, Inc., the American tradition serving New York favorites for more than 100 years, announces their continued international expansion in 2024. The brand, which recently opened virtual kitchens in Belgium and France, multiple full-service franchised restaurants in Mexico City, and two franchised restaurants and a food truck in Egypt in 2023, currently operates in 19 countries globally. Through master franchise relationships in Brazil, United Kingdom, Egypt, and Ukraine, the brand plans to open brick and mortar franchised locations and sub-franchised locations in Brazil by the end of 2024...

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Feb 27 12:32 PM, Urner Barry


Roy Rogers Restaurants Introduces Refranchising Program

Roy Rogers Restaurants® is introducing a refranchising program as part of its franchise growth strategy in Maryland and Virginia. The new program empowers potential franchisees to join the long-time brand by acquiring existing corporate stores before establishing independent locations.

As a proof of concept, Multi-Unit Franchisee Mohammad Haque touts the success of a recently acquired existing store, expanding Haque’s regional footprint in the Alexandria, VA. marketplace. This unit is his sixth with Roy Rogers.

“I was looking to grow my portfolio in an existing market, to tap into a..

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Feb 27 10:12 AM, Urner Barry


Taco Bell Unveils the Cheesy chicken Crispanada: A Bold Innovation with Mexican-Inspired Flavors

From the masterminds of the Taco Bell test kitchen comes the Cheesy Chicken Crispanada. The brand's take on the iconic empanada is set to hit menus nationwide for a limited time starting February 15, bringing with it a fusion of craveable flavors.

Taco Bell's commitment to push the boundaries of food creativity and innovation is grounded in its fusion-first ethos, creating a synergy where beloved flavors and forms come together to produce something entirely new. The Cheesy Chicken Crispanada is a testament to Taco Bell's...

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Feb 15 9:42 AM, Urner Barry


Smashburger Launches Jack & Annie's® Plant-Based Burgers in Restaurants Nationwide

Smashburger, the better-burger fast casual restaurant with 235 corporate and franchise locations, has partnered with jack and annie's to launch a new plant-based burger made from jackfruit in all locations across the U.S. starting today.

While the union of the two Colorado-based companies is solidified poignantly on Valentine's Day, the relationship began with a limited time menu test conducted last summer within select Smashburger locations in Colorado, New York, New Jersey, and Chicago.Following the menu test's success and positive feedback from consumers, the...

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Feb 15 9:11 AM, Urner Barry


Surrender to Flavor: Carl's Jr. Celebrates Free Burger Day on Feb. 12

After days of speculation, hints, and leaked messages, it's time to confirm the truth. Carl's Jr.® is celebrating big wins and bold, irresistible flavors on Feb. 12 by giving away free Western Bacon Cheeseburgers to My Rewards members for Carl's Jr. Free Burger Day, the day after the big game. Yes, that's correct, FREE.

Get prepared! Download the Carl's Jr. app and join the free My Rewards program today. On Feb. 12, My Rewards members will receive...

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Feb 8 3:38 PM, Urner Barry


Unlock Free Fried Chicken with New KFC Rewards Program -Order on KFC.com and the KFC APP 

Do you dream of free fried chicken? Do you like a finger lickin' good deal? If you answered yes to either of these questions, the new KFC Rewards program is here for you!

KFC Rewards, a new loyalty program from Kentucky Fried Chicken®, is where finger lickin' good deals meet finger lickin' good food. Now KFC customers can unlock free KFC by earning points on orders through their Rewards Account via KFC.com or the KFC app.*

To start earning rewards on digital orders...

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Feb 7 8:00 AM, Urner Barry







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