Taco Bell and Sriracha Testing a Bold Pairing

Taco Bells in Kansas City are testing new menu items in which Sriracha is dumped over classic menu treats such as tacos, nachos, and other south of the border concoctions such as the “Sriracha Loaded Griller” and the “Sriracha Quesarito.”

Can the match of Taco Bell and Sriracha create a classic craving?

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Wendy's BBQ

Wendy’s Introduces Three New Offerings to Emulate Local Barbecue Spots

Wendy’s is giving barbecue enthusiasts all over the country a variety of barbecue dishes try without having to visit the famed “Barbecue Belt.”

Consumers have a choice of three new BBQ Pulled Pork offerings: BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, BBQ Pulled Pork Cheeseburger and BBQ Pulled Pork Cheese Fries – all of which feature shredded hickory-smoked pulled pork. To top it off, Wendy’s also created three custom-crafted sauces – Smoky, Spicy and Sweet – to fit consumers’ own personal barbecue style.

Wendy’s is also rallying voting Americans to officially make barbecue the beloved “National Dish of America” through a White House “We the People” petition,

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McDonald's Monopoly 2014

Monopoly at McDonald’s Starts on September 23 With An Early Promotion Code

McDonald’s is starting the 2014 MONOPOLY Game on September 23, one week before the full game launches on September 30. Look for a Pre-Promotion Sweepstakes for a chance to win $10,000 at

Like McDonald’s on Facebook or follow MCDonald’s on Twitter, because starting on Tuesday September 23, the burger chain will be posting a FREE Code customers can use to enter the Pre-Promotion Sweepstakes!

Simply follow McDonald’s on Facebook or Twitter. You can also find the FREE Code on select McDonald’s packaging.

The 2014 MONOPOLY Game at McDonald’s promises many prizes, and the Pre-Promotion Sweepstakes is just the beginning.  On September 30, customers will have the chance to win prizes like $1,000,000 (payable $50,000/yr for 20 yrs, no interest), a dream vacation, fuel for a year, lots of cash, or one of millions of other prizes.

Customers can also enter game codes from Game Stamps at to track your Collect & Win properties from the In-Store Game for more chances to win in the Online Game.

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Fish and Chips

Long John Silver’s Refocuses on Fried Fish with a New $2.99 Offering

Long John Silver’s has introduced a new $2.99 two piece fish and chips meal.

After many years of broadly focusing on menu product variety, the venerable fish restaurant has been looking to employ new leadership to refocus the effort in rebranding with the original specialty of fried fish. Long John Silver’s has been boldly seeking a re-launch of the brand in 2014 with a healthier image. Earlier this year, the chain started a new promotion with the motto ‘think fish’, which included commercials with environmental messaging.

In a particular TV spot called ‘final frontier’, the narrator states, “Anyone ever heard of free range?” with pictures confined cows. “Get your next meal from the real frontier — fish sustainably harvested from the wildest place on earth.”

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Could McDonald’s Be Rolling Out a McBrunch Menu for Millenials?

The stock market seems to be showing that McDonald’s needs something attention grabbing, innovative and appealing.
In July, the McDonald’s Corporation filed a federal trademark registration #86345988 for the name “McBrunch.” Millenials might possibly soon be feeding on breakfast foods well past 10:30 am, most potentially on weekends and holidays.
A McDonald’s spokesperson verified the application but cautioned, “We routinely file intent to use trademark applications as a regular course of business. We can’t share details at this time as to how the trademarks may or may not be used.”
“To be truthful, it’s been puzzling to see coverage of this because there is truly no news here,” wrote Lisa McComb, a company spokeswoman, in an email. “I understand the interest, because I, as a consumer, would love to get my beloved Egg White Delight or other breakfast items later, but we are not testing a McBrunch concept.”

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El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco Shows Strong Earnings in the First Report Card to Wall Street

El Pollo Loco—the quick service restaurant branded around preparing real food at reasonable prices – reported quarterly earnings that were as anticipated with analysts’ expectations on Thursday, enhanced by a 6 percent increase in revenue. The company published second-quarter adjusted earnings of 16 cents per share on $87 million in revenue, up from $82 million a year ago.
System-wide comparable store sales rose 5.4 percent during the three months. At company-operated stores, comparable sales shot up 5 percent, powered by a nearly 3 percent increase in average check size and about a 2 percent increase in customer traffic.
The California-based dining company is an expert in Mexican-style grilled chicken. It contends with Chipotle Mexican Grill and other fast-casual restaurants like Chick-fil-A and Yum! Brands KFC.

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Del Taco Fresca Bowl

Free Drink with New Fresca Bowls at Del Taco

Del Taco is launching three new Fresca Bowls: premium, made-to-order bowls crammed with fresh ingredients and showing visitors a “bowlful of fresh tastes” in every morsel. Fresca Bowls, the newest addition to the Del Taco menu, are loaded to the rim with fresh, tasty, high-quality ingredients and are the perfect choice for customers looking for an alternative to the tortilla every now and then.
Priced at just $4 each, Del Taco’s Fresca Bowls are served on a bed of fresca lime rice and seasoned black beans, and are provided in three varieties.
Between the dates of September 4 and 14, Del Taco patrons will get a free small drink with purchase of any Fresca Bowl, at participating locations. Prices may vary by location.

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McDonald’s Makes a Preemptive First Strike on a Junk Food Image

At a dinner McDonald’s (MCD) hosted for correspondents and bloggers, waiters served up cuisine developed by celebrity chefs using materials from the chain’s bill of fare.
A Kung Pao chicken appetizer was prepared with Chicken McNuggets drenched in sweet-and-sour sauce and garnished with parsley. Slow-cooked beef was served with gnocchi designed out of McDonald’s french fries and a fruit sauce from its smoothie mix. For dessert, its biscuit mix was used to create a pumpkin spice “biznut,” a biscuit-doughnut hybrid.
The affair, scheduled in New York City’s Tribeca region, was advertised “A transforming dining experience of ‘fast food’ to ‘good food served fast.’ ” Attendees tweeted out photographs and the night was written up on various websites.
The dishes aren’t meant for McDonald’s restaurants. As an alternative, the occasion is part of a strategy by McDonald’s to shake its reputation for serving low cost, unhealthful cuisine. At a time when Americans are paying closer consideration to what they devour, the company is trying to sway general public sentiment by first reaching out to the reporters, bloggers and other so-called “influencers” who write and communicate about McDonald’s.

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Dollar Cravings Menu

Taco Bell Brings Out the Beefy Fritos Burrito on its Dollar Cravings Menu

Taco Bell introduced eleven items on its dollar cravings menu. Some items are actually going up in price because they had been offered at prices less than a dollar.

One new items to be excited about is the “Beefy Fritos Burrito”.

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Cronut from Jack in the Box

Jack in the Box Adds the Trendy Cronut to Breakfast Offerings

Jack in the Box has unveiled its own version of the croissant-donut pairing. The restaurant is calling these cronuts another term – croissant donuts. These sweet treats are sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and come individually or in bag of three.

These croissant donuts will only be available for a limited time. Jack in the Box also introduced two new breakfast burritos — the “Meat Lovers” and the “Grande Sausage.”

As typical of Jack’s breakfast offerings, you can purchase these any time they are open.