Menu Development: Page 2


  • An image of various chicken cantina items offered by Taco Bell
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    Taco Bell to launch Cantina Chicken menu nationwide

    Five items debut on March 21, and Taco Bell rewards members have exclusive early access to select offerings. 

    By March 14, 2024
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    Carrabba’s brings sandwiches to lunch menu after catering success

    The daypart now includes six bistro sandwich combo meals previously only available through Carrabba’s catering brand, which has exceeded company expectations since launching in 2023.

    By March 13, 2024
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    Casey’s foodservice is thriving beyond pizza

    The c-store retailer saw strong results last quarter from items like its new chicken sandwich and burgers, CEO Darren Rebelez said.

    By Brett Dworski • March 13, 2024
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    Little Caesars joins QSR snack trend with bite-sized Crazy Puffs

    The chain is catching up to competitors like Pizza Hut and Papa Johns, which both offer handheld, pizza-themed snacking items for on-the-go diners.

    By March 11, 2024
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    7-Eleven beefs up foodservice offerings

    The retailer has made the first additions of the year to its food lineup, including burritos, meat snacks and tropical juices.

    By Brett Dworski • March 11, 2024
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    Noodles & Company names Drew Madsen CEO, preps for menu overhaul

    After three quarters of sliding sales, Madsen will oversee menu changes and digital strategies to woo lapsed and new customers after a tough year.

    By March 8, 2024
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    Publix adds burrito bowl bars to mainstream supermarkets

    The grocery chain is bringing the bars into its traditional stores after first offering them at its GreenWise Markets.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • March 7, 2024
  • Starbucks' new Iced Lavender Cream Oatmilk Matcha and Iced Lavender Oatmilk Latte.
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    Starbucks debuts 2 iced lavender drinks for spring

    The matcha and latte LTOs aren’t part of the new beverage platforms announced earlier this year, but capitalize on growing sales of cold beverages and tea-based lattes. 

    By March 7, 2024
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    Caseys adds new sandwich line

    The collection, which includes two chicken sandwiches, a burger and breaded pork, is merchandised in warmers as quick grab-and-go options.

    By Jessica Loder • March 5, 2024
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    Twice Daily expands made-to-order menu

    The retailer has added wraps to its custom foodservice program, which expanded to all 200-plus locations last year.

    By Brett Dworski • March 5, 2024
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    Panera stuffs its menu with new sandwiches, salads

    The chain is phasing out items like flatbread pizza to make space for nine fresh menu additions and “enhanced portions,” building on its recent dinner focus. 

    By Feb. 29, 2024
  • Wendy's is adding English muffin sandwiches to its breakfast menu on Aug. 22.
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    Wendy’s to spend $55M on breakfast ads

    The burger chain hopes the marketing push will boost North American sales in the daypart to $6,000 a week per restaurant.

    By Feb. 15, 2024
  • Sliders featuring Beyond Chicken in various preparations with a flag of the company logo in a bun sit on a counter.
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    Deep Dive

    Plant-based meat needs to beef up its messaging in 2024

    Between slumping sales and shifting consumer mindsets, 2023 proved difficult for the sector. Here’s what analysts and experts say the category can do to recalibrate.

    By Elizabeth Flood • Feb. 14, 2024
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    4 coffee trends for c-stores to watch

    Whether through new flavors, expanding creamer offerings or including more cold options, there are many ways for retailers to grow their java business throughout the day, experts say.

    By Christine Blank • Feb. 13, 2024
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    Is Boston Market’s ambitious menu rotation actually happening?

    Restaurant Dive contacted 21% of the shrinking chain’s remaining stores to see if they had begun offering the first two international-inspired dishes announced in January. Here’s what we found. 

    By Feb. 9, 2024
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    How grocers are promoting value among their foodservice offerings

    While price continues to draw in consumers, grocers are also finding more ways to showcase quality and highlight the convenience of their meal options.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • Feb. 8, 2024
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    Opinion

    What restaurants need to know about Valentine’s Day BOGO, marketing and menu items

    Last year’s holiday drove a 34% lift in restaurant food sales compared to the daily average for the year, a boost operators can recreate, writes Julie Gregg, director of market insights and competitive intelligence at Toast.

    By Julie Gregg • Feb. 8, 2024
  • A person holds a smartphone that displays Burger King's AI Whopper experience.
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    How Burger King’s AI-generated Whoppers reflect the brand’s heritage

    CMO Pat O'Toole explains how the brand leaned into the buzzy tech with a focus on customized orders in an experience created by Media.Monks.

    By Chris Kelly • Feb. 8, 2024
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    Starbucks says ‘misperceptions’ of Middle East stance dragged US traffic

    Visits to the coffee chain took a hit last quarter after customers called for a boycott of the brand when it sued Workers United over social media posts concerning Palestine.

    By Feb. 2, 2024
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    Subway sells 3.5M Sidekick snack items within 2 weeks of launch

    The chain’s Footlong Cookies have been so popular that it temporarily removed them from digital ordering platforms to better manage demand. 

    By Feb. 2, 2024
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    Restaurant trend outlook for 2024

    Slow traffic, growing interest in afternoon snacking and trends toward value menus, digital and in-store personalization will shape the restaurant landscape.

    By Restaurant Dive staff • Jan. 31, 2024
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    Column

    Fueling Up: To truly compete with restaurants, c-stores need to ‘break boundaries’

    Narrowing the gap with restaurants is top of mind for many c-store retailers. Achieving it requires stepping outside of convenience retail’s comfort zone, one expert says.

    By Brett Dworski • Jan. 31, 2024
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    Starbucks will launch 3 new beverage platforms in 6 months

    Pressured by boycotts and snacking competition, the coffee chain will look to new drinks to strengthen its dwindling afternoon traffic.

    By Jan. 31, 2024
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    McDonald’s Hamburglar hits the road in getaway vehicle for menu revamp

    Consumers can keep an eye for a custom Burgercuda muscle car for the chance to win gift cards and mascot-themed merchandise.

    By Peter Adams • Jan. 31, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    Return-to-office traffic is fueling a catering boom in 2024

    Chains like Cracker Barrel, BJs and Wings & Rings will continue to lean into the profitable channel this year after seeing double-digit growth in 2023.

    By Jan. 29, 2024