Menu Development: Page 3


  • Wendy's is adding English muffin sandwiches to its breakfast menu on Aug. 22.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Courtesy of Wendy's
    Image attribution tooltip

    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.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Courtesy of Beyond Meat
    Image attribution tooltip
    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
  • A photo of Franke bean-to-cup machines in a Family Express convenience store.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Permission granted by Franke Coffee
    Image attribution tooltip

    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
  • A Boston Market storefront is shown.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Kate Tornone/Restaurant Dive
    Image attribution tooltip

    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
  • A $10 family meal deal display at a grocery store.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Catherine Douglas Moran/Restaurant Dive
    Image attribution tooltip

    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
  • An image of a couple holding hands in the background with red roses in the foreground
    Image attribution tooltip
    kieferpix via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip
    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.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Courtesy of Burger King
    Image attribution tooltip

    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
  • The Starbucks company logo on a glass door.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Justin Sullivan/Getty Images via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    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
  • An image of Subway's footlong cookies, pretzels and churros
    Image attribution tooltip
    Courtesy of Subway
    Image attribution tooltip

    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
  • 5 chefs work in a restaurant kitchens
    Image attribution tooltip
    lechatnoir via Getty Images
    Image attribution tooltip

    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
  • A photo of the kitchen area of the new Dash In.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Jessica Loder/C-Store Dive/Restaurant Dive
    Image attribution tooltip
    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
  • Starbucks Oleato beverages on a gold cloth.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Courtesy of Starbucks
    Image attribution tooltip

    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
  • McDonald's mascot Hamburglar's Burgercuda car
    Image attribution tooltip
    Courtesy of McDonald's USA
    Image attribution tooltip

    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
  • Wings & Rings catering wing box
    Image attribution tooltip
    Permission granted by Wings & Rings
    Image attribution tooltip
    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
  • A promotional picture of IHOP's chocolate strawberry pancakes.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Courtesy of IHOP
    Image attribution tooltip

    IHOP launches pancake of the month deal

    The chain will offer a new pancake LTO every month, and loyalty members who partake are eligible for significant rewards.

    By Jan. 29, 2024
  • Oatly and Carvel partnership
    Image attribution tooltip
    Permission granted by Oatly
    Image attribution tooltip

    Oatly and Carvel partner to bring dairy-free flavors to stores nationwide

    The self-described “cult classic ice cream shoppe” will offer oat-based soft serve, scoops and ice cream sandwiches in 18 states.

    By Elizabeth Flood • Jan. 23, 2024
  • An image of serveral food items from Taco Bell's Craving's Value Menu
    Image attribution tooltip
    Courtesy of Taco Bell
    Image attribution tooltip

    Restaurants are cranking up value in 2024 — but traffic may not follow

    Chains from Taco Bell to Popeyes are pushing more promotions for low-priced items, but analysts said they expect few improvements to traffic and margins.

    By Jan. 18, 2024
  • An image of the bar at Marriott's Ritz-Carlton Portland
    Image attribution tooltip
    Retrieved from Ritz-Carlton on January 16, 2024
    Image attribution tooltip

    3 trends that will shape hotel restaurants in 2024

    Gone are the days of “Cheesecake Factory”-size menus as hotels prioritize a la carte and plant-forward food and beverage options, according to Marriott International’s senior director of culinary for the U.S. and Canada.

    By Jenna Walters • Jan. 18, 2024
  • An image of Subway's footlong cookies, pretzels and churros
    Image attribution tooltip
    Courtesy of Subway
    Image attribution tooltip

    Subway leans into snack category with latest menu update

    The new items include 12-inch Auntie Anne’s pretzels and Cinnabon churros, and mark the chain’s first menu update this year.

    By Jan. 18, 2024
  • A picture of four bowls from Tropical Smoothie Cafe
    Image attribution tooltip
    Courtesy of Tropical Smoothie Cafe
    Image attribution tooltip

    Tropical Smoothie Cafe adds bowls to menu

    An initial test of the item “exceeded expectations from both a sales and guest sentiment standpoint,” CMO Deborah von Kutzleben said.

    By Jan. 11, 2024
  • An in-store bar.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Retrieved from Maizano on November 27, 2023
    Image attribution tooltip
    Deep Dive

    7 restaurant industry trends to watch in 2024

    Development costs will remain high and service fees could frustrate diners, but personalized offers and labor-saving tech may give brands an edge.

    By , , Jan. 10, 2024
  • Denny’s, Franklin Junction strike 250-unit virtual brand deal

    The diner chain has been deepening its virtual brand investments over the past few years, expanding its Banda Burrito test ninefold in November.

    By Jan. 9, 2024
  • An exterior image of The Brass Tap restaurant
    Image attribution tooltip
    Permission granted by The Brass Tap/FSC Franchise Co.
    Image attribution tooltip

    The Brass Tap revs up ‘food truck’ menu

    The craft beer bar, which has over 50 units, will provide both value-based and premium offerings inspired by popular food truck items.

    By Updated Jan. 10, 2024
  • 7-Eleven
    Image attribution tooltip
    Retrieved from 7-Eleven press release.
    Image attribution tooltip

    Back to Basics: How to build a successful delivery program

    Delivery customers tend to have larger baskets and give retailers several chances to upsell, but it’s important to curate the menu, experts say.

    By Amanda Baltazar • Jan. 8, 2024
  • A promotional image for Taco Bell's new vegetarian combo deal.
    Image attribution tooltip
    Courtesy of Taco Bell
    Image attribution tooltip

    Taco Bell expands value menu

    In a bid to boost value and increase digital engagement, Taco Bell is adding six value items and a veggie combo.

    By Jan. 8, 2024