Commodities in Crisis

It was a dark day in September when Britain’s National Pig Association broke the news that pork products—including everyone’s favorite, bacon—would soon become a luxury because of dwindling pork supplies from the ongoing drought in the U.S.

Though consumers around the world were left clutching their pearls, it was much ado about nothing, as economists and commodity experts quickly debunked the theory. But the media hype did turn a lot of eyes—both consumers’ and foodservice industry insiders’—to the real issue at hand: rising commodity costs.

Popeyes Brings Back Popular Holiday Dish, Cajun Turkey

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, a division of AFC Enterprises, announced the return of its holiday menu must-have, Cajun Turkey, to give guests’ dinner tables some Louisiana flare.

Popeyes Cajun Style Turkeys, approximately 9–11 pounds, are infused with a unique blend of Louisiana seasonings then flash-fried, creating a unique, crispy coating.

Roasting finishes out the process and leaves the turkey crispy on the outside while remaining succulent and flavorful on the inside.

No End in Sight for Popeyes' Sales Increases

The numbers are in, and they’re looking good for Popeyes. In the third quarter, the chicken chain reported a net income of $6.9 million—up over $5.8 million in 2011—10 quarters of consecutive positive sales results, and a global same-store sales increase of 6.3 percent.

President Ralph Bower says it’s not just Q3, but all of 2012 that’s been great for the brand. Starting off the year with hopes of seeing 2–3 percent sales increases, Bower says the brand has exceeded expectations each quarter.

“Every quarter has been better than the last,” he says.

Crawfish Swim into Popeyes for a Limited Time

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen celebrates a Louisiana tradition this fall with the return of the much anticipated crawfish during its 4th Annual Crawfish Festival. Catch the Cajun crustaceans while they’re hot October 22 through November 25 piled high with Cajun Fries, biscuit, and Popeyes very own Creamy Horseradish Sauce for only $4.99. And, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, spice up your spread with a New-Orleans inspired menu including Popeyes Cajun Turkey and Crawfish Dressing recipe!

Popeyes Dishes Out a Cool $14M for MN, CA Restaurants

AFC Enterprises, the franchisor and operator of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 28 restaurants in Minnesota and Northern California at a price of $13.8 Million.

The restaurants are currently in the trade image of another quick-service restaurant concept.

The company intends to convert the restaurants to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants at a cost of approximately $11.5 Million.

Following the conversion, the restaurants will be leased to Popeyes franchisees to operate.

Popeyes Brings Back Dip’n Chick’n

Popeyes Dip'n chick'n with fries, a biscuit, and blackened ranch is available for $3.99. Business Wire

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, a division of AFC Enterprises Inc., announces the return of its highly popular Dip’n Chick’n. Dip'n Chick'n is served with Cajun fries, a biscuit, and an extra-large serving of Popeyes Signature Blackened Ranch Dipping Sauce for only $3.99 through October 21, 2012. Wash it all down with a chance to win a Sprite VIP Concert Experience from Live Nation when you upsize your combo beverage.

Popeyes Debuts Six Signature Sauces

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, a division of AFC Enterprises, Inc., has launched six Signature Sauces—Bayou Buffalo, Barbeque, Sweet Heat, Mardi Gras Mustard, Buttermilk Ranch, and Blackened Ranch—to complement its flavorful tenders that are freshly battered and breaded.

Starting August 27, guests can enjoy three Handcrafted Tenders, Cajun fries, a biscuit, and a choice of one of six Signature Dipping Sauces for just $3.99.

Popeyes Reports Double-Digit Sales Increase in Q2

Though Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is continually growing and constantly improving, President Ralph Bower says consistency is hands-down its key to success.

“For four years, we’ve been consistently focused on the same strategic plan,” he says, referring to the brand’s four-pillar strategy that aims to build a distinctive brand, run great restaurants, grow restaurant profits, and accelerate quality restaurant openings. (A fifth pillar was added this year to create a culture of servant leaders).

Popeyes Launches Refreshed Website

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, a division of AFC Enterprises, Inc., launches its redesigned company website today. The dramatic, “new look” site has notable improvements including enhanced navigation and organization, additional messaging capacity, and the identification of Popeyes strong social media presence. 

Popeyes consumers, employees, and investors can now easily navigate directly to Popeyes.com for product, investor relations, franchising and loyalty program information, folding in content previously found on the AFCE.com, PopeyesFranchising.com, and BonafideKrewe.com sites.