Global fast-food chain Carl’s Jr. announced that it has entered into an agreement with Mitsuuroko Group Holdings Co. Ltd. to be the exclusive franchise developer to launch its burgers in Japan. Under the terms of the agreement, Mitsuuroko will develop 150 Carl’s Jr. restaurants in Japan over the next 10 years. Mitsuuroko plans to open the first Carl’s Jr. in Tokyo in 2015 with others opening in multiple markets across Japan.
Carl’s Jr. announced the All-Natural Burger, featuring an all-natural, grass-fed, free-range beef patty that has no added hormones, antibiotics, or steroids. With the introduction of the All-Natural Burger, Carl’s Jr. is the first major fast-food chain to offer an all-natural beef patty on the menu. The All-Natural Burger will be available in participating Carl’s Jr.
It’s the conundrum befuddling limited-service restaurant operators the world over: How do you answer consumer demand for healthier menu items when so many customers are scared away by health-food claims? How do you help fight off the nation’s obesity epidemic when the entire business is designed around tasty, indulgent menu options?
When it comes time to break one’s fast in the morning, bigger is usually better. So, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are doubling the goodness at breakfast with the new Double Loaded Omelet Biscuit, available at Hardee’s and at Carl’s Jr. starting Wednesday. The savory new breakfast item features the chains’ award-winning Made from Scratch Biscuits, piled high with two folded-egg omelets, each stuffed with crumbled sausage, diced ham, chopped bacon pieces, and shredded Jack and Cheddar cheeses and topped with a slice of American cheese.
Offering healthier dining options is essential in today’s competitive marketplace, even for a brand built on indulgence. Sometimes, though, it takes clever marketing to draw consumers’ attention to these better-for-you items.
Now arriving at Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, the new Mile High Bacon Cheese Thickburger features thick-cut Applewood-smoked bacon piled sky high on top of a charbroiled Thickburger patty, along with American cheese, red onion, tomato, lettuce, and mayonnaise, all served on a Fresh Baked Bun. The new, bacon-packed burger is available at all Hardee’s locations and will be available at Carl’s Jr. starting September 24. Actress and model Bar Paly will star in a new national ad campaign to promote the burger, premiering next week.
Carl’s Jr. announced the opening of its first restaurant in Ontario as part of a major expansion into central Canada. Located in Waterloo, this restaurant marks the first of many openings in the Greater Toronto Area, with a Guelph location scheduled to open in October and two downtown Toronto restaurants set to launch later this year. CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc., parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, signed a development agreement earlier this year with Toronto-based 6Points Food Services Ltd. to bring Carl’s Jr.’s famous, premium-quality burgers to the Western GTA.
The openings of a Hardee’s in Marassi, Egypt, and a Carl’s Jr. in Conroe, Texas, mark a major milestone for CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc. as the company’s 3,500th and 3,501st restaurants worldwide. Opened in late July, the Marassi Hardee’s is owned by franchisee Kuwait Food Company, which owns another 274 Hardee’s in the region. The Carl’s Jr. in Conroe is owned by Zubha Foods LLC, which operates six other Carl’s Jr. restaurants in Houston and San Antonio, Texas.
Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are saluting the state of Texas’s barbecue tradition with their newest meat-on-meat burger creation: the Texas BBQ Thickburger, now available at participating Hardee’s restaurants and at Carl’s Jr. restaurants on Wednesday.
CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc., parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurant chains, announced the promotion of Ned Lyerly to president of its international division.