Menu Development: Page 4


  • A photo of the kitchen area of the new Dash In.
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    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
  • McDonald's mascot Hamburglar's Burgercuda car
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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
  • A promotional picture of IHOP's chocolate strawberry pancakes.
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Retrieved from Maizano on November 27, 2023
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    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
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    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
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    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.
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    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
  • Kits that allow consumers to make Taco Bell items in their own home kitchen.
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    Kraft Heinz partners with Taco Bell on kits bringing restaurant chain’s offerings to the home

    The offerings — the first of several Taco Bell at Home innovations planned for this year by the long-time collaborators — will be sold at Walmart.

    By Christopher Doering • Jan. 4, 2024
  • A photo of the new chicken sandwich from GPM Investments.
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    Arko collaborates with Tyson on discounted chicken sandwich

    As part of the company’s efforts to reach price sensitive customers, the new sandwich costs $2.99 for fas Rewards members and is available at more than 300 locations.

    By Jessica Loder • Dec. 21, 2023
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    Q&A

    Pinstripes could reach 150 units as a public company

    Going public was in the plan for about five years and will raise fresh capital to support the 14-unit brand’s growth, CEO and founder Dale Schwartz said. 

    By Dec. 21, 2023
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    How c-stores are using food, merch and more to boost holiday traffic

    Whether it’s festive coffees, ugly sweaters or even a seasonally themed pic from Wally’s photo booth, c-stores are taking a variety of approaches to engaging customers.

    By Christine Blank • Dec. 19, 2023
  • Chuck E Cheese pizza, wings and spicy meatballs from its Grown-Up Menu
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    Chuck E. Cheese extends menu with items for adults

    The Grown-Up Menu includes four pizza flavors, wings and spicy meatballs and is part of the company’s strategy to improve its offerings for parents.

    By Dec. 18, 2023
  • An image of CosMc's Berry Hibiscus Sour-Ade beverage
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    CosMc’s service model, pricing unlikely to hurt Starbucks, analysts say

    The concept’s drinks and snacks are similar to Starbucks and Dutch Bros’ offerings, but CosMc’s comparative discount may not make up for a “lack of human interaction,” per a William Blair report.

    By Dec. 12, 2023
  • A sign for McDonald's new CosMc restaurant concept is in the foreground, with blue sky in the background
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    McDonald’s CosMc’s chain is coming for Starbucks customers

    The beverage-forward concept is targeting the “3 p.m. slump” — a daypart Starbucks is also working to improve — with highly customizable caffeinated beverages and select food items, CEO Chris Kempczinski told investors Wednesday. 

    By Dec. 7, 2023
  • Red Robin menu items, including shrimp, fries and rigs atop white plates.
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    How 6 casual chains revamped their menus in 2023

    IHOP, Denny’s, Red Robin and TGI Fridays emphasized menu updates this year in a bid to boost traffic and sales.

    By Dec. 6, 2023
  • A photo of Wawa pizza in a box.
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    Fueling Up: People hate Wawa’s pizza. Here’s what the company can do about it.

    Critics and consumers have harshly judged the retailer’s pies since they debuted this summer. If sales are also poor, it may need to pull pizza from its menus, one expert says.

    By Brett Dworski • Dec. 5, 2023
  • A promotional image of Subway's footlong chocolate chip cookies.
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    Subway will bring footlong cookie to permanent menu

    When the sandwich chain debuted the oblong dessert at a Miami “Cookieway” pop-up last year, supply ran out in less than two hours.

    By Nov. 29, 2023