Burger King

Trickle-Down Theory

There was a time when the only place you could find Black Angus beef on a menu was at some of the nation’s finest steakhouses. But these days, Angus burgers are served at McDonald’s, Back Yard Burgers, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, and Smashburger and are just one of many fine-dining menu items, ingredients, and techniques that were adopted by quick-service and fast-casual restaurants over the last decade.

Time to Move

This month last year, First Lady Michelle Obama stood before a crowd of activists, journalists, government leaders, celebrities, and kids gathered in the State Dining Room of the White House to announce a campaign that will ultimately define her—and part of her husband’s—time in Washington, D.C. The announced campaign, christened “Let’s Move!,” would pour as much as $1 billion of federal money over the next decade into reversing the growing epidemic of childhood obesity.

The New Kids’ Meals

Kids’ menus have come a long way from the days when they were little more than sandwiches, soft drinks, and small fries for the small fries.

As parents increasingly seek out food that is healthful and nutritious for their children, particularly in light of America’s growing childhood-obesity crisis, restaurants have sought to provide menu items that are not only good for kids, but also taste great.

St. Louis BK Franchisee Lends Hand to Local Cause

Burger King was named title sponsor for HopeFest, an annual event benefiting HavenHouse St. Louis. Burger King's sponsorship, which comes by way of Liberty Restaurant Group, the local franchisee that owns and operates 23 locations, represents the single largest sponsorship commitment in the history of the event. HopeFest will take place on February 19 at 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Clayton, Missouri. Each year, this sell-out, 350-guest dinner is planned by committee members of HavenHouse St. Louis and includes a live auction with local celebrity auctioneer J.

Burger King Franchisee Finds Funding for Three New Stores

United Capital Business Lending, a subsidiary of BankUnited, announced that it is providing $1.2 million in financing to multiunit Burger King Franchise BMT of KentuckyInc. to acquire three Burger King restaurants in the greater Lexington area. With the new locations, BMT of Kentucky will own and operate 11 Burger King restaurants.

Meat Be Gone

Tender Greens, a Southern California–based quick-serve chain that offers an array of organic and healthy items, recently launched a Meatless Monday campaign in hopes of capitalizing on a growing vegetarian trend among quick-serve consumers.

“We can reach out to our vegetarian customers in which we say ‘Mondays, it’s all about you,’” says Erik Oberholtzer, cofounder of Tender Greens. 

Each Monday, Tender Greens creates a special menu that contains only vegetarian and vegan items. “It makes our chefs think out of the box,” Oberholtzer says. 

The Season of Giving Spreads to Facebook

It’s the season of giving, and some brands are letting their customers take giving to the digital environment they spend so much time in—Facebook.

First Data announced that four quick-serve brands—Boston Market, Burger King, Culver’s, and Cold Stone Creamery—and six other retail brands have employed its eGift Social solution that lets customers send gift cards to their friends through the social media juggernaut.

BK Offers Two Chicken Sandwiches for Price of One

Burger King Corp. (BKC) is offering two Original Chicken Sandwiches for the price of one, giving fans of this long-time favorite sandwich twice as much to enjoy. A menu favorite for more than three decades, the classic sandwich features its tried and true ingredients—a crispy, white meat chicken patty topped with fresh lettuce and mayo on its signature, hoagie-style sesame seed bun. The buy-one-get-one promotion, available at participating Burger King restaurants nationwide, runs through January 16 and is not valid on specialty versions of the sandwich.

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