Topped Fries Take Over the Menu

According to Technomic’s MenuMonitor database, menu mentions of loaded fries grew by 12.5% and poutine is up 22%, both in the latest two-year period. Fries are serving as a popular format for operators to flex their culinary creativity. This classic dish is getting topped with everything from spicy peppers to indulgent proteins to specialty sauces. […]

Tea Spices Up Adult Beverage Menus

During summer, iced tea is top of mind for its refreshing quality, while in winter, we turn to hot tea as a comforting warm drink. No matter the time of year, tea is on trend lately due to its health benefits, range of flavors and versatility. Tea-flavored beverage offerings are on the rise in the […]

Top 500 Brands Keep Franchisees Close — and Sales Growth Closer

If I had a dollar for every time over the past five years that I’ve heard, “Franchisees are just better at running stores than giant corporate brands,” I would probably have enough money to pay any chain’s franchisee fee and build a new restaurant. Such conventional wisdom seemed airtight recently, as franchise-unit openings have far […]

Never Satisfied: Consumers Call for Even More Sandwich Innovation

Recent menu innovations have been particularly noticeable in the sandwich category, including Wendy’s Pretzel bacon cheeseburger, Subway’s limited-time Fiery Footlong collection, Taco Bell’s Waffle Taco, and McDonald’s Egg White Delight McMuffin, among other examples. To be sure, menu innovation can be a key driver of success. In fact, in August 2013, Wendy’s reported that the […]