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California Restaurant Prices Climb as Worker Wages Grow

California fast-food restaurant prices, already higher than average in the U.S., have gotten more expensive.

Starting this month, a new California law required large fast-food chains to pay their employees $20 an hour, 25% higher than the states broader minimum wage. The state last September backed a deal for the increased wages.

McDonalds, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Jack in the Box and other restaurant chains have said they would raise menu prices in California to offset some of the cost.

Many operators didnt wait long. Fast-food and fast...

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Apr 15 2:48 PM, Foodmarket



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


Popeyes® Launches First Super Bowl Commercial Featuring New Wings

Popeyes® has unveiled its first-ever Super Bowl commercial featuring actor, writer, and comedian Ken Jeong trying the famous brands’ new Wings for the first time.

The funny commercial is based on Jeong, who cryogenically froze himself 52 years ago waiting for the best-ever wing to be created. Jeong is unfrozen to discover Popeyes has permanently launched Wings in five delicious flavors – along with many other changes from 52 years ago, including drones, driverless cars, scooters, and new breeds of doodle dogs...

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Feb 6 10:24 AM, Urner Barry


Zaxby's Doubles Down for Big Game with BOGO Boneless Wings Offer

Saucy chicken chain Zaxby's® is celebrating the Big Game weekend with a special "Buy One, Get One Free" offer on 10 Boneless Wings tossed in one of Zaxby's eight signature sauces. Starting at $9.69, this two-for-one in-app and online deal will make Zaxby's guests' the quarterback of any game day party. The offer is valid Saturday, Feb. 10 through Sunday, Feb. 11 via Zax Rewardz® while supplies last.*

"Football fans everywhere can agree Zaxby's boneless wings are the...

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Jan 30 11:53 AM, Urner Barry


Welcome to BBQ Lovers’ Bliss! SONIC Introduces Pulled Pork BBQ Cheeseburger and Totchos

Get ready to embark on a flavor-packed journey at SONIC® Drive-In with new menu additions that will redefine your love for barbeque. Celebrating the best of BBQ piled on top of menu favorites, the Pulled Pork BBQ Cheeseburger, Pulled Pork BBQ Totchos, and the Pulled Pork Sandwich are available starting February 5 through March 31 at SONIC locations nationwide, though SONIC App users can get early access to these new craveable creations starting January 29...

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Jan 29 3:31 PM, Urner Barry


Childhood Best Friends Sign Agreement with Layne’s Chicken Fingers in South Florida for 15 Locations

South Florida (Restaurant News Release) Layne’s Chicken Fingers franchisees Shahmeer Alam and Yves Jodesty are set to bring the 13-unit fan-favorite chicken franchise out of Texas, to South Florida with 15 new locations across Fort Lauderdale, Broward, Miami, and Palm Beach County. Their plans consist of opening one to two locations each year. The new locations will give South Florida residents a chance to find out what has made Layne’s an iconic name in Texas. (Hint: chicken fingers don’t get much crispier than...

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Jan 22 3:34 PM, Urner Barry


Wendy's Launches Portable Bacon Perfection with New Hearty Breakfast Burrito

Busy mornings demand a hearty breakfast! Introducing Wendy's® newest morning delight: the Breakfast Burrito. Available starting today, in select regions, Wendy's has expertly crafted a delectable combination of freshly made, quality breakfast favorites, all wrapped up for a satisfying breakfast on the go.

The new Breakfast Burrito is loaded with all the best parts of Wendy's breakfast menu. It includes two fresh cracked eggs and six strips of oven baked, applewood smoked bacon – the same amount of bacon found on the iconic Baconator®! But there's more...

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Jan 22 9:55 AM, Urner Barry


Wendy's Announces CEO Succession

The Wendy's Company  today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Kirk Tanner as Wendy's President and CEO, effective February 5, 2024. Mr. Tanner will succeed Todd Penegor, who will depart from the Company and Board in February after serving in senior leadership positions at Wendy's for more than a decade. Mr. Tanner has also been elected to serve on the Wendy's Board of Directors.

Mr. Tanner most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of North American Beverages at PepsiCo, Inc., and joins Wendy's with more than 30 years of experience...

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Jan 19 10:26 AM, Urner Barry


McAlister’s Deli Announces 10-Unit Agreement Marking Brand’s Debut in Minnesota

Focus Brands®, the parent company of Auntie Anne’s®, Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Jamba®, McAlister’s Deli®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, and Schlotzsky’s®, today announces the debut of McAlister’s Deli in Minnesota with a 10-unit franchise agreement, alongside a tri-brand franchise agreement that will bring Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon, and Jamba to Mankato.

Behind the signings are seasoned restaurateurs and husband-wife team, Steve and Dani Wegman. The duo owns multiple food concepts around the greater Mankato area including 507, Weggy’s, Krusty’s Donut Shop...

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Jan 18 4:05 PM, Urner Barry


Marco's Pizza® Opens Milestone 1200th Store with Largest Franchisee

Marco's Pizza, one of the nation's fastest-growing pizza brands, announces the opening of its 1200th store at 3831 Ruckriegel Parkway in Louisville, KY. Behind the milestone opening is Marco's largest franchisee, Hoogland Restaurant Group, led by President McLain Hoogland. The Hoogland team boasts a 117-unit Marco's Pizza portfolio, with plans to grow their unit count by 20 this year.

McLain Hoogland is the fourth generation of his family to lead Highland Ventures, which includes the Hoogland Restaurant Group. Coming from a long line of family business leaders...

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Jan 16 7:55 AM, Urner Barry


Taco Bell Enters a New Value Era With the Launch of the New Cravings Value Menu

Taco Bell is ringing in the new year with new value offerings that give fans more ways to save. With a long history of providing delicious and affordable food to its fans, Taco Bell continues to innovate and create new ways to make fans happy and full.

Starting today, Taco Bell unveiled a revitalized Cravings Value Menu featuring a total of 10 craveable menu items and the new, permanent Veggie Build-Your-Own-Cravings-Box taking value and customization to new heights...

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Jan 9 8:05 AM, Urner Barry


Spice Up Your Resolutions: Wingstop Declares Dry Rub January a Month of Flavorful Indulgence

As millions of Americans embrace the Dry January trend, Wingstop (NASDAQ: WING) boldly declares that flavor cannot take a backseat. With many resolutions for 2024 being about adding something to your life, Wingstop introduces Dry Rub January – challenging fans to indulge in Wingstop's signature dry rubs on cooked-to-order wings, chicken tenders and chicken sandwiches all month long, for a flavor experience to enhance the New Year.

Between Wingstop's three iconic dry rub flavors, there are plenty of seasonings for fans to get their...

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Jan 5 8:01 AM, Urner Barry


White Castle Announces the Return of the Love Castle, a Valentine's Day Dinner Experience

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine's Day, but few are as special and memorable as spending the holiday at White Castle. The fast-food pioneer will again be hosting its annual Valentine's Day Dinner — a beloved tradition that started in 1991 — on Feb. 14 from 4 to 9 p.m.

Reservations will be accepted at more than 300 participating Castles beginning tomorrow at OpenTable.com.

Valentine's Day is a one-of-a-kind event at White Castle. On this day, participating... 

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Jan 4 3:33 PM, Urner Barry


Krispy Krunchy Chicken Celebrates Record-Breaking 2023

As one of the fastest-growing foodservice solutions in the industry, Krispy Krunchy Chicken® has tapped into a new momentum and secured its spot as a leader in the space with record-breaking success in 2023. The hot food concept is nearly 3,000 locations strong, aided by the opening of 481 new units in 2023.

“Our growth this past year focused on three key components to success: optimizing our menu and procedures for ease of operation, building brand awareness, and, of course, continuing to serve...

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Jan 3 11:47 AM, Urner Barry


Franklin Junction Awarded Global Exclusivity for Nathan’s Famous Virtual Restaurants

Host Kitchen® creator, Franklin Junction, marks the third anniversary of their relationship with Nathan’s Famous by landing exclusive license rights for all future virtual restaurants worldwide. The deal also includes rights to Nathan’s Famous sister brands, Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips and Wings of New York. The partnership has already expanded the iconic Nathan’s Famous brand to more than 150 new locations in the United States and Europe. Franklin Junction’s ability to translate the iconic American restaurant’s beloved full menu to scale, all while ensuring quality and consistency...

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Jan 2 11:51 AM, Urner Barry


KFC Wraps are Back with Two New Flavors and You Can Get One for Free In the App with Purchase

Kentucky Fried Chicken® is bringing big flavor and a boost of joy this January by introducing two brand-new varieties of its popular two-for-$5 KFC Wraps lineup – Honey BBQ and Spicy Mac & Cheese. The new wraps join the Mac & Cheese Wrap recently introduced in November and the original Classic and Spicy Slaw Chicken Wraps. The five-wrap lineup offers something for everyone and is only available for a limited time, so try them while you can...

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Jan 2 10:02 AM, Urner Barry


El Pollo Loco's Delicious Double Pollo Fit™ Bowls Make Triumphant Return 

El Pollo Loco, Inc. (“El Pollo Loco” or “Company”) (Nasdaq: LOCO), the nation’s leading fire-grilled chicken restaurant chain, wants to help those trying to make positive lifestyle changes in the new year by bringing back two of its delicious Double Pollo Fit™ Bowls. The tasty duo can fit into any New Year's resolution meal plan with double the juicy fire-grilled chicken, crisp, fresh super greens, and authentic Mexican flavors. Enjoy one at home, at work, or after a workout. Filling and jammed-packed with flavor... 

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Dec 29 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


KFC China Celebrates the Opening of Its 10,000th Store

Yum China Holdings, Inc. today celebrated the opening of KFC China's 10,000th store, marking a significant milestone in KFC China's 36-year growth journey in the country.

Situated in Hangzhou, KFC China's 10,000th store is located on the banks of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, a historically important link connecting northern and southern China. Since opening its first store in Beijing in 1987, KFC has grown into the country's largest QSR brand in terms of system sales. This growth has been underpinned by a world-class in-house supply chain management...

 

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Dec 21 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


McDonald’s Corporation and Accenture Expand Partnership to Accelerate Technology Adoption 

McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) and Accenture (NYSE: ACN) announced an expansion of their strategic partnership to help execute McDonald’s strategy to leverage the latest edge technology and apply generative AI solutions across its restaurants worldwide to iMcDonaldsmprove operations as well as customer and crew experience. Through this work, McDonald’s also will enhance the digital capabilities of its employees.

This partnership will help support McDonald’s technology strategy which aims to leverage scale and unlock greater speed and efficiency for customers, restaurant teams, and employees. This includes the acceleration of automation innovation...

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Dec 19 10:00 AM, Urner Barry


Wingstop Names Chris Fallon Chief Information Officer

Wingstop (NASDAQ: WING) named Chris Fallon as SVP, Chief Information Officer today, charged with leading the brand's enterprise and restaurant technology solutions, IT infrastructure and information security.

Chris is an experienced technology leader, where his responsibilities spanned retail back-of-house, corporate, licensed stores and CPG technologies at Starbucks over his 14-year tenure. Most recently, Chris served as Chief Information Officer at Fortune Brands Water Innovations, overseeing the Moen and House of Rohl businesses.

"Wingstop's category of one position is further strengthened by our tech-forward strategy and vision to digitize every...

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Dec 14 9:31 AM, Urner Barry


How Yum! Brands is Making its Supply Chain More Sustainable

The KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and The Habit Burger Grill parent company is investing in partnerships with dairy, beef and poultry suppliers to reduce carbon emissions and develop more resilient agricultural practices.

The effects of climate change can have a major impact on the global food system. That’s why Yum! Brands aims to be part of the solution and is working with suppliers to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

“We rely on healthy agriculture systems to support sustainable crop yields and livestock productivity,” said Yum! Chief Sustainability Officer...

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Dec 13 8:04 AM, Urner Barry


Fast Food & Quick Service Restaurants Take Off: Market to Reach US$318 Billion by 2034

The fast food and quick service restaurant market is expected to continue its upward trajectory, fueled by convenience, affordability, technological advancements, and evolving consumer preferences. Addressing health concerns and offering innovative, healthy options will be key for market players to thrive in the future.

The valuation for the global fast food & quick service restaurant market was around US$ 1 87,774.1 million in 2023 and is projected to exhibit a CAGR of 4.90% over the forecast period...

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Dec 13 8:03 AM, Urner Barry


Zaxby’s Celebrates the Season With Zax Rewardz Offers Through December

Saucy chicken chain Zaxby’s® is celebrating the season with in-app offers in time for the holidays. Through the month of December, the brand is rewarding Zax Rewardz® members with a special “Buy One, Get One Free” offer on the popular Chicken Philly sandwich, a FREE order of the fan-favorite Loaded Fries with a purchase of $15 or more, and a $10-off reward with any purchase of $40 or more.

“It’s the season of giving, and we’re getting in the holiday spirit by...

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Dec 13 8:00 AM, Urner Barry


CEO Randy Garutti to Retire from Shake Shack in 2024

Shake Shack Inc. (“Shake Shack” or the “Company”) (NYSE: SHAK) today announced that Randy Garutti, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, has informed the Board that, after more than two decades in the Company, he will retire in 2024 upon the selection of his successor. Mr. Garutti shared a letter to his team that is viewable here: A Message from our CEO, Randy Garutti.

He will continue to lead the Company as its CEO and as an executive Board member through that time...

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Dec 11 9:32 AM, Urner Barry


World's First Fully Autonomous, AI-Powered Restaurant Opening in Southern California

Cali Group, a holding company using technology to transform the restaurant and retail industries, Miso Robotics, creator of Flippy (the world's first AI-powered robotic fry station), and PopID, a technology company simplifying ordering and payments using biometrics, announced today that they are soon opening CaliExpress by Flippy™, the world's first fully autonomous restaurant. Utilizing the most advanced systems in food technology, both grill and fry stations are fully automated, powered by proprietary leading-edge artificial intelligence and robotics. Guests will watch their food being cooked...

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Dec 6 8:10 AM, Urner Barry


A Twist of Fate: Wendy's Unveils the New Pretzel Baconator

Wendy's® just dropped an epic gift for consumers this holiday season with a twist on the signature Baconator®. Now for a limited time, fans can unwrap the new Pretzel Baconator and experience the perfect harmony of Wendy's legendary Applewood smoked bacon topped with an irresistible, fan-favorite pretzel bun. The unique combination of flavors and textures creates a savory moment with every bite and is sure to elevate your tastebuds.

Savor the Twist
Bacon and warm pretzels make everything better – so why not bring them together...

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Nov 29 8:03 AM, Urner Barry


Quiznos Launches Latest Globally Inspired Seasonal Offer: Club Peri Peri Sandwich

Promising innovation with each new creation, Quiznos’ new Club Peri Peri Sandwich is the latest limited-time offer from the iconic sandwich chain that provides a new flare on a familiar favorite and brings flavors from around the world to restaurants in the U.S. and Canada.

The Club Peri Peri Sandwich is made with grilled chicken, creamy peri-peri sauce, bacon, red onions, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeños and melted cheese, served on Italian white bread. A traditional South African sauce, peri-peri adds a touch of spice to Quiznos’...

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Nov 28 10:34 AM, Urner Barry


White Castle adds comfort to the winter months with the return of its fan favorite Sloppy Joe Sliders 

The cooling weather is reaching the point where comfort food is needed, and White Castle is here to answer the call. The iconic family-owned restaurant that kick started America's love for fast food, is happy to bring back its popular Sloppy Joe, Smoky Joe and Spicy Joe Sliders as well as its Mac & Cheese Nibblers to satisfy comfort cravings during the holidays and throughout the winter season.

These seasonal favorites, which capture the hearts and taste buds of craving customers year...

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Nov 28 9:49 AM, Urner Barry


Krispy Krunchy Chicken Leads Hot Food Solutions

Krispy Krunchy Chicken®, one of the nation’s fastest-growing foodservice businesses, is soaring ahead of the competition with its “freshly made, perfectly Cajun” offerings that are hot and ready to serve for on-the-go customers. According to the 2023 Convenience Store News Realities of the Aisle Study, which polled over 1,500 regular c-store shoppers, the primary factors taken into account when buying prepared food at a convenience store include price, value, food quality, taste, and freshness. With rapid popularity and aggressive expansion, the brand is a top contender in these...

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Nov 27 10:26 AM, Urner Barry


Popeyes® Crashes the Wing Game Adding Five Flavors Permanently to the Menu

Today, with 51 years of expertise and the industry benchmark Chicken Sandwich under its belt, Popeyes announces the permanent introduction of Wings to menus nationwide. Starting this Wednesday, chicken wing enthusiasts across the nation can savor five signature flavors with varying degrees of kick - Honey BBQ, Roasted Garlic Parmesan, Signature Hot, Ghost Pepper, and Sweet 'N Spicy - each one a testament to the brand's commitment to innovation, flavor, and its Louisiana roots.

“At Popeyes, we like to challenge the status quo and are consistently... 

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Nov 22 11:22 AM, Urner Barry


Red Robin Introduces Limited-Edition Gift Card That Doubles as a Pass to Free Appetizers in 2024

This holiday season, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB) is helping guests give the gift of YUMMM® and good cheer, with a limited-edition $100 Red Robin Gift Card that unlocks free appetizers in 2024,* plus a special chance to give back to Make-A-Wish®.

Available exclusively online at Red Robin.com from Black Friday, Nov. 24-27, and in participating restaurants Dec. 1-31 while supplies last, purchase a limited-edition $100 silver gift card for your...

 

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Nov 22 9:55 AM, Urner Barry


Little Caesars Reintroduces the Irresistible Stuffed Crust Pizza

As the holiday season draws near, Little Caesars announces the triumphant reintroduction of the Stuffed Crust pizza—this time, with an exciting enhancement that will elevate your holiday gatherings.

The Stuffed Crazy Crust Pizza takes Little Caesars classic Stuffed Crust pizza, oozing with melted cheesy goodness, and tops the crust with Little Caesars signature Crazy Crust topping– a mouthwatering blend of garlic-infused buttery richness adorned with a sprinkle of parmesan. This addition takes the beloved stuffed crust experience to new heights, creating a fusion of flavors that's genuinely a dream come...

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Nov 21 7:52 AM, Urner Barry


McDonald's to Acquire Carlyle's Stake in McDonald's China

McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) and global investment firm Carlyle (NASDAQ: CG) today announced that McDonald's has agreed to acquire Carlyle's minority ownership stake in the strategic partnership that operates and manages McDonald's business in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

The CITIC Consortium, mainly through its equity affiliate CITIC Capital, will maintain its controlling ownership stake. Upon completion of the transaction, the CITIC Consortium will continue to own 52%, and McDonald's will remain a minority partner while increasing its stake from 20% to 48% ownership... 

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Nov 21 7:50 AM, Urner Barry


Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken Unveils New Restaurant Prototype at Annual “Family Reunion” Conference

Lee’s Famous Recipe® Chicken, a celebrated name in delicious, home-style fried chicken for more than 55 years, recently hosted its “Family Reunion” Brand Conference in Louisville, KY, bringing together employees and franchisees to recognize their top performers. A highlight of the event was having the daughter and granddaughter of the brand’s founder and namesake, Lee Cummings, on-hand to kick off the conference.

“Our annual Brand Conference is an opportunity to honor our amazing team members and spotlight their achievements,” said Ryan Weaver...

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Nov 20 8:03 AM, Urner Barry


Now is the Time to Enjoy White Castle Stuffing Season

It's WCS season! That's "White Castle Stuffing" season for those not in the know. White Castle, the iconic, family-owned business, reminds people that before the bells start jingling, before the yule tides, and before everyone starts belting what they want for Christmas, Thanksgiving must be celebrated! Of course, that celebration should include a freshly baked legendary White Castle stuffing recipe.

White Castle's Original Slider Stuffing set a new standard on how Thanksgiving Day stuffing should be prepared. The recipe was first introduced in 1991 when a White...

 

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Nov 20 8:00 AM, Urner Barry







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