Industry News | May 23, 2003

Wienerschnitzel Retails Chili

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Wienerschnitzel has announced plans to sell its proprietary chili at more than 300 Albertson's grocery locations in Southern California and Nevada. The 12-ounce microwaveable containers are available in the deli section of selected Albertson's locations for a suggested retail price of $2.49.

"We've been developing numerous programs to build our brand awareness," Wienerschnitzel marketing honcho Tom Amberger said. "We're confident that introducing chili to consumers at grocery stores will enhance our brand identity and ultimately drive sales, both at the retail and store level."

That's the big question. Wienerschnitzel says that more than 40 percent of its menu is chili-related, including chili dogs, chili cheeseburgers, and chili cheese fries. It remains to be seen whether the move to offer retail chili will cannibalize in-store sales.