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Wendy's Signs Deal for Japanese Stores

Wendy’s/Arby’s International Inc., a subsidiary of Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc., and Higa Industries Co. Ltd., a successful food importer and distributor based in Tokyo, announced the signing of a joint venture agreement to develop and operate Wendy’s restaurants in Japan.

The first Wendy’s restaurant is expected to open in Tokyo later this year with plans to rapidly expand the brand throughout the country in the coming years.

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.

Fine-Dining Trends that Are Headed Your Way

In 2015, the single most popular dish on quick-serve restaurant menus will be a sumptuous curried goat sandwich served with fried lentils and a crispy tamarind-orange flatbread.

Shortly thereafter, thick, frosty duck confit milkshakes and turnip tots will take the fast food world by storm.

Then, by 2017, drive-thru windows will be overwhelmed by customers determined to get their hands on the latest menu sensation: big, brimming bowls of real Spanish-style paella, replete with fresh mussels and clams and saffron-infused rice.

Arby’s Sale Had Warning Signs

Analysts say the brand has suffered over the last decade, but still estimate a purchase price of at least $335 million.

Just two years after getting hitched, Wendy’s and Arby’s may be breaking up. But few analysts are surprised.

Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc., the Atlanta-based company that owns the two quick-service restaurant brands, said last week that it is seeking “strategic alternatives” for Arby’s, including a possible sale of the struggling roast beef sandwich chain.

“The reality is that the Wendy’s brand, given its relative size and scope, is the key driver of shareholder return,” chairman Nelson Peltz said bluntly in a statement.

Is Wendy's Looking to Split with Arby's?

Wendy's/Arby's Group Inc., the third-largest quick-service restaurant company in the U.S., announced it is exploring strategic alternatives for Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc., including a sale of the brand. UBS Investment Bank is assisting in the process.

Arby’s is the second-largest quick-service sandwich chain in the U.S. with nearly 3,700 restaurants. Arby’s restaurants specialize in slow-roasted and freshly sliced roast beef sandwiches as well as Market Fresh deli-style sandwiches, toasted subs, and salads, all with the convenience of a drive thru.

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.

Wendy’s Namesake Back in Ads

Dave Thomas’ daughter is back on the airwaves to promote a new menu line named for her father.

Two decades ago, as Wendy’s was mired in a sales slump, the burger chain turned to its founder, Dave Thomas, to serve as its advertising voice.

The move proved fortuitous. After a shaky start, Thomas evolved into the folksy, self-effacing face of the company—and a beloved American character. He remained the heart of Wendy’s advertising until his death in 2002.

Now the chain is trying another member of the Thomas family in commercials. This time, it’s Thomas’ daughter, Wendy, who was the source of the chain’s name and was the model for its logo.

Arby’s Tips its (Red) Hat to Suppliers

Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.; ARCOP, Inc.; and Strategic Sourcing Group Co-op, LLC (SSG), honored nine suppliers with Red Hat Supplier Achievement Awards during the Arby’s Worldwide Franchise Convention, on Oct. 3-6 in Phoenix.

The Red Hat Supplier Achievement Awards recognize Arby’s suppliers who have provided superior levels of service and support to the Arby’s restaurant system.

Wendy’s Breakfast 3.0

A leading burger chain hopes its effort to build the morning daypart is “real” this time.

In an effort to grab a share of the fast-growing morning daypart, Wendy’s launched a new breakfast menu in three test markets and part of a fourth.

The nation’s No. 3 burger chain, which has operational headquarters in suburban Columbus, Ohio, is gauging customer sentiment for a quartet of distinctive breakfast sandwiches, a new coffee blend, a value menu, and a handful of side items.

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