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Burger King has a history of involving customers in its birthday celebrations. For the famous Whopper's 64th birthday, the chain offered the sandwich at a whopping 37 cents for two whole days of reveling in a fast food success story. This was the original cost of the Whopper when it was added to the menu in 1957, per Allrecipes.
No matter if you're in a diner in downtown New York or at a beachside restaurant in California, chances are high that you'll see a very familiar red bottle sitting with you at your table. Heinz ketchup is so common a sight at diners and restaurants across America that you'd probably be more surprised if a restaurant didn't have a bottle of the ketchup next to the salt and pepper. Heinz, however, wants to make sure that you needn't worry about running into unfamiliar ketchup brands or copycat catsup the next time you're going for burgers and fries — and they'll do it through you, the people.
Sheesh, Blake Lively; you're making the rest of us look bad. It's just not enough that you are normalizing big families by stylishly sauntering through another pregnancy (per Motherly), or DIYing pine cone turkeys and ornately decorated pies for Thanksgiving (per People), is it? You had to go and start your own line of non-alcoholic carbonated beverages, called Betty Buzz, and make it one of the buzziest sparkling mixers around, didn't you?
With all the world's answers in a handheld device, shipping that takes two (or sometimes fewer) days, and planes that can take you halfway across the world in 10 hours, instant gratification isn't convenient anymore — it's something that's expected. The speediness is one of the reasons patrons have long chose fast food drive-thrus over walking into a building, ordering, and waiting. However, after a tumultuous last two years, drive-thrus have actually slowed down (per PR Newswire). In a study conducted by SeeLevel HX, it was revealed that 2021 drive-thru speeds decreased by 25.59 seconds from 2020. Additionally, the number of inaccurate orders increased by 2% in 2021, and staff friendliness dived by 3%. According to SeeLevel HX CEO Lisa van Kesteren, some of the issues can be attributed to "a tight labor market, supply chain challenges, and inflation."
The pandemic, the Great Resignation, and inflation have not been easy on the restaurant industry; whether it's fast food or fine dining, everyone is feeling the pinch. According to a report from the National Restaurant Organization from January 2022, most restaurant operators said that they couldn't see the industry stabilizing for at least a year, if not more. Overhead costs were expected to remain high, as well. Food shortages and supply demands were also a source of woe last year and continued into this year. A shortage of people – all the way from cooks to those working on farms and meatpacking plants – has also been a hurdle the industry needs to overcome. All of these have led to lower quality and customer satisfaction scores over the past year (via ACSI).
When you think of unsanitary restaurant practices that cause health department red flags, you may think of things like raw and cooked meats touching one another, poor hand-washing practices, bug or rodent infestations, or employees using food items that are beyond their best-by dates. However, the idea that one of Gordon Ramsay's joints might fall into this category is even more shocking, especially when you're witness to how particular he is on shows such as "Hell's Kitchen" and "MasterChef".
Let's face it. Even if you have no real desire to purchase a product, you're likely to try a bite if a free sample is offered. That's because everybody loves free stuff, and you can never go wrong with a small snack while shopping. When Marsh Supermarkets revealed to Elite Team Conference its numerous, repeated weekend sampling programs, it claimed that consumers were 68% more encouraged to buy a product after sampling it (per Supermarket News). At the same conference, the polling co.'s president Kellyanne Conway said that "87% of respondents said they were more likely to buy a new item, even if it was more expensive, if they were able to sample it first," according to her company's studies.
Perfect for holiday season feasts, everyday dinners, and snacks, ham has been a popular U.S. staple for centuries, as per Hobe's Country Ham. The country's long ham tradition had its beginnings in 1525 when a Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto brought 13 pigs to America (via Heritage Foods). By the time the 17th century rolled around, most farmers around the country were breeding hogs for pork.
In the spirit of giving this holiday season, Mexican-inspired fast-casual restaurant chain Chipotle has new exclusive mystery boxes available starting December 1, 2022, and the chain will donate the entire profits from the mystery boxes to various organizations that focus on sustainable practices when it comes to farming and making clothing, according to a press release from Chipotle. In addition to the mystery boxes and fundraiser, Chipotle also has new physical and digital gift card designs available just in time for the holiday season.
Popular fast food chain Arby's is probably most well known for its roast beef sandwiches and its slogan "We have the meats," which was introduced in 2014 as a way of reinventing itself and letting customers know that it serves more than just roast beef, per CNBC. There are currently around 3,500 Arby's locations in nine countries around the world, according to the company, and the chain shows no sign of stopping its expansion anytime soon — after all, how can it not want to spread the joy of curly fries and roast beef sammies.
Never-ending breadsticks indeed. Ditto for the soup and salad. Even if you can't eat at Olive Garden every day, now you can wear it every night – at least through the winter season. But that doesn't mean you have to douse yourself in soup or wear bread on your head – the popular chain is making a different kind of offer. All of Olive Garden's faves, including the lauded breadsticks, soup, salad, pasta dishes – even the Andes mints – are part of its latest promotion. The unusual part about the Italian restaurant's offer? You can't eat any of it.
The holiday season is upon us, and that means more and more companies are beginning to announce exclusive holiday items and holiday deals. For example, Krispy Kreme announced two new festive latte flavors, Chipotle has exclusive holiday mystery boxes, Olive Garden released fun and festive holiday-themed pajamas, and Dairy Queen added candy cane and sugar cookie blizzards to its menu. Popular ice cream parlor chain Cold Stone Creamery is no exception.
Popular ice cream parlor chain Baskin-Robbins is popular for its wide variety of ice cream flavors and continues to amaze its fans with new ice cream innovations. For example, Baskin-Robbins' ice cream flavor of the month for October 2022 was called Spicy 'n' Spooky and was made with dark chocolate ice cream, flakes of spicy blood orange, and white chocolate ghost pepper ice cream, per Baskin-Robbins. Earlier in August 2022, Baskin-Robbins had a frosted strawberry toaster treat ice cream flavor, and back in February 2020, the chain revealed a triple mango sorbet flavor, per Baskin-Robbins.
The wholesale warehouse store market is primarily dominated by three main companies: Costco, Sam's Club, and BJ's Wholesale Club, according to Statista. As of January 2022, this industry in the United States made around $500 billion in annual sales and had around 1.5 million employees. Furthermore, an estimated 23% of consumers in the United States say that they regularly shop for groceries at a warehouse club like Costco, Sam's Club, and BJ's Wholesale Club. The biggest thing all three wholesale warehouse stores have in common is that a membership is required to enter the store, shop, and take advantage of the many services provided.
If you're a dessert fan who loves to keep up with the latest food trends, you've likely heard about Milk Bar, which is founded by celebrity chef Christina Tosi. While Milk Bar may have started in New York City, you can now find the brand's iconic cakes, pies, and cookies around the United States. Plus, Milk Bar is also a part of DoorDash, making the company's cookies available for delivery in most of the US. But Milk Bar has more in store for its fans this winter.
This time of year we could all use a little extra boost. Between the darkening days and scratching things off the endless holiday to-do lists, December can be a real kick in the pants. Thankfully, you're only a drive-thru away from feeling bright, chipper, and full of holiday cheer once more. And Krispy Kreme has just the answer to your needs.
Like many of us, chef Mason Hereford began eating sandwiches during his childhood. However, it wasn't the classic peanut butter and jelly that began his love affair with the popular lunchtime food. Rather, it was a gas station sammie called The Jefferson from Charlottesville, Virginia's Bellair Market that started it all. Consisting of turkey, cheddar cheese, mayo, lettuce, and cranberry relish piled high on a French roll, New Orleans says the sando had "a formative impact" on Hereford's life. "At a young age, he proclaimed he would, in fact, open his own sandwich shop one day," the outlet writes. And that's exactly what he did.
Without a doubt, McDonald's has some pretty strange locations. You have the McDonald's housed in the basement of the Louvre Museum in France. You have the ski-through McDonald's in Sweden. You have the middle-of-the-desert McDonald's in Israel. You even have the McDonald's tucked into a decommissioned plane in New Zealand.
Popular fast food burger chain White Castle continues to excite its fans and share its fast food innovations with the public. In the past, the chain has featured its iconic sliders, of course, and has also had various desserts on sticks on its menu, including a birthday cake on a stick in honor of its 100th anniversary, a cheesecake on a stick, and a brownie on a stick, per White Castle. The chain also branched out into seafood by introducing crab cake sliders and shrimp Nibblers to its menu in February 2018 (via White Castle).
"Minecraft" may have put Captain Puffy on the map, but now, the gaming and social media influencer has left her mark on White Castle's drink menu as well, per Stark Times and Chew Boom. The gaming guru rose to Internet fame on video game streaming platform Twitch, where she has more than a million followers, according to Streams Charts. She also has amassed a sizable social media following, with more than 600,000 Instagram followers and 1.3 million Twitter followers.