McDonald's Big Lunchbox popping up Down Under

McDonald's is using a pop up restaurant to promote its new rump beef offering in Australia.

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Industry trends: Consumers will spend more for transparency, authenticity, safety

Watch for menu trends at airport bars and lounges, Hollywood and convenience stores.

A case for produce management

Produce is hard to benchmark what you should be paying on a regular basis because there is no regularity to the product category.

Fast casual execs weigh successes and failures of QSR segment

The worst attribute about QSR, attendees agreed, is inconsistency – of quality, service, cleanliness, etc.

Dunkin's new sandwich station a 'game changer' for speed and growth

The brand is launching dark roast coffee next week and is testing smoothies and other 'blender' beverages.

Menu trends: Consumers demanding ‘foods with benefits’

A menu analyst says the most creative foodservice in the world is being done on college campuses, and that idea generation should start there.

Krispy Kreme's strategy includes becoming a beverage destination

The company plans to test a loyalty program by the end of this year.

How to survive the protein craze

Cutting costs by creating limited time offers or new menu items that scale down the serving of animal protein could be interesting to test with consumers.

What are Any’tizers, Tanglers, Frisnacks or Wrappetizers?

Restaurants can sell snacks at premium profit margins and can be more exciting for guests than the traditional core menu.

A thing for wings

From QSRs to sports bars, wings are on menus everywhere. Why?

Arby's redefines target audience after year-long review

The chain has ramped up the number of new products in test four-fold in the past four years.

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Carl's Jr./Green Burrito bring back Crisp Burritos

Crisp Burritos are back on the menu at all participating Carl's Jr./Green Burrito co-branded location.

Franchise Rankings names 10 best franchises

Franchiserankings.com announced rankings for Best Overall Franchises and Best Food Franchises for October 2014..

Dunkin' Donuts gets into the Halloween spirit

Dunkin' Donuts has announced the return of its seasonal Boston Scream Donut in time for Halloween. A variation of the brand’s Boston Kreme Donut, the Boston Scream Donut includes a special orange icing drizzle design. Dunkin' Donuts is also serving a Halloween Pumpkin Donut, shaped to resemble a jack-o-lantern.

Baskin-Robbins partners with Hallmark Channel for Countdown to Christmas flavors

Baskin-Robbins and the Hallmark Channel have formed a strategic partnership to promote the premiere of one of the network's new original Countdown to Christmas movies, NorthPole. Beginning Nov.

Krystal offers signature sandwich combo for 82 cents to mark birthday

All day today, more than 350 Krystal restaurants in the Southeast will offer its signature sandwiches as part of a combo deal for 82 cents, to mark the brand's 82nd birthday. Breakfast visitors can order a Sunriser sandwich with a...

Cousins adds turkey bacon guacamole LTO

Cousins Subs has introduced two limited-time-only sub sandwiches: the Steak Mushroom Swiss and the Turkey Bacon Guacamole. The Steak Mushroom Swiss returns to the menu and is served on Italian bread with steak, bacon, Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms, onions and...

C-stores continue to elevate foodservice offerings in market share fight

The National Association of Convenience Stores' annual show concluded last week in Las Vegas with some sessions covering the continued elevation of foodservice offerings in the segment, threatening market share from traditional limited-service concepts. C-stores are pressured to evolve amid...

Green Leaf's intros harvest-themed menu offerings

Villa Enterprises Management's Green Leaf's concept has brought back its Harvest Panini sandwich for a limited time. The Panini includes sliced smoked turkey, cranberry sauce, cheddar cheese, sage aioli and savory herb stuffing served warm, according to a news release....

Carl's Jr., Hardee's add two meat-filled omelets to signature biscuits

Carl's Jr. and Hardee's have introduced the new Double Loaded Omelet Biscuit, available today at Hardee's and at Carl's Jr.

Arby's employee's creation earns a spot on the menu

Brandon Morris, an employee at an Arby's restaurant in Danville, Kentucky, has been named the winner in the Hey Chef Neville! contest, a systemwide menu idea submission contest open to all 71,000 company-owned and franchise restaurant team members, field operations...

Mediterranean Brands receives foodservice innovation award

Falafel Scoop and Go was awarded third place finish in the foodservice category at the Prepared Foods- New Products Conference.

Demand for breaded chicken sandwiches on the rise

An increasing number of consumers are requesting breaded chicken sandwiches, according to new research from The NPD Group. Servings of breaded chicken sandwiches have grown an average of 3 percent over the last four years, and in the year ending...

Sydney McDonald's tests customizable ordering kiosk

A Sydney McDonald's has piloted a touchscreen kiosk for guests to customize orders

Taco Bell launches Starburst-inspired frozen beverage

Taco Bell and Starburst Brand have teamed up to introduce the Starburst Strawberry Freeze, available for a limited time exclusively at participating Taco Bell restaurants nationwide. The Starburst Strawberry Freeze joins Taco Bell's Freeze lineup, alongside the Mountain Dew Baja...

Restaurants shave 12% off new menu item calorie counts

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health documented an average decline of about 60 calories in new menu items in 2013, compared to 2012.

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