Tag Archives: Wendy’s

Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: March 23

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Here are five stories from the foodservice industry for March 19-23.

Fast Casuals/QSR Food Trucks?
From the National Restaurant Association, Read Article

Not that long ago we learned fast casual and quick service restaurants are the current leaders of the foodservice industry.  So it makes sense for them to get on board with a huge industry trend that has providen to have staying power–food trucks.  NRA noted from the 2012 Restaurant Industry Forecast that 22 percent of fast casual restaurants and 13 percent of QSRs would consider adding a food truck to their business.  About those opposed to the idea, NRA spoke with the Senior Vice President of NRA’s Research and Knowledge group, and he said there are restaurant owners who consider food trucks as competition.  It’s a very valid stance, especially as food trucks compete with restaurants and other food trucks…one would think… However, just from observing the food truck scene in Indianapolis, many trucks join forces!  So who knows what will happen.  For more information, read the full story on the NRA website.

Burger King is Dethroned!
From Huffington Post Food, Read Article

For the longest time, the order of the largest burger chains went McDonald’s, Burger King then Wendy’s. Not anymore!  News broke this week that Wendy’s has exceeded Burger Kings sales.  It was close though.  According to a HuffPost food article, Wendy’s had $8.5 billion in sales last year and Burger King had $8.4 billion.  Who knows, maybe Burger King will take the lead again next year.  Last year they stopped using the king mascot, when Wendy’s was revving up their marketing campaign for burgers.  Then this year, Wendy’s has brought back the ever famous catch phrase, “Where’s the Beef?” in commercials.  So here is some nostalgia for you on a Friday, the original 1984 Wendy’s commercialRead more on HuffPost Food.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Ghostwriter Ordeal
From Goop, Read Article

In her latest email newsletter for her blog, Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow briefly responded to an accusation that she used a ghostwriter for her cookbook My Father’s Daughter.  The claim was made by New York Times writer, Julia Moskin.  In the newsletter, Paltrow said she does not normally address false reporting but wanted to clarify.  She continued to say “the recipes and words are all mine and come from my heart. ”  Read Paltrow’s full newsletter on Goop.

Starbucks’ New “Refresher” Beverages
From Starbucks, Read Article

Starbucks is adding to their beverage menu with their new drink, “Refreshers.”  These new energy drinks are 60 calories per serving and use a green coffee extract that doesn’t look or taste like coffee to provide a natural energy boost.  Their website says “combined with real fruit juice, B and C vitamins and ginseng, it’s a sparking low-calorie boost of natural energy in three delicious flavors.”  In stores, Refreshers will be available in Raspberry Pomegranate, Orange Melon and Strawberry Lemonade.  Read more and get a $1 off coupon on the Starbucks website.

Central’s on Pinterest!

Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, FourSquare, YouTube, blogs–so many social media sites, it can be hard to keep up with them all!  Pinterest is the latest to join the social media craze, but their emphasis on pictures and photography makes them stand apart from other sites.  Central recently jumped on the Pinterest train to share some of our products, promotions and buying guides as well as recipes and other fun things from the internet.  If you’re on Pinterest, check us out!  And be sure to tell us how to find you on Pinterest in our comments section. 

 

Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: December 23

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Here are five stories from the foodservice industry for the week of December 19 through December 23.

Arby’s Raises over $2 Million for Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign
From QSR, Read Blog

Image: Share Our Strength

We’ve really enjoyed seeing how successful Share Our Strength has been this year with the “No Kid Hungry” campaign.  From events such as the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry or other promotions, they are truly working hard to achieve their goal to end childhood hunger in America.  Arby’s is one of several restaurants helping Share Our Strength meet their goal.  QSR reported Arby’s recent announcement that they have raised over $2 million in the fourth quarter for the cause.  Read more about Arby’s involvement here and visit Share Our Strength’s website for more information.

Top Searched Restaurants on Google for 2011
From FastCasual, Read Article

In a recent article from Fast Casual, they reported on Google’s Zeitgeist list that covered the top searched restaurants on Google this year.  It was a mix of all types of restaurants with some being McDonald’s, Starbucks, Buffalo Wild Wings, Subway and Papa John’s.  But who topped the list?  You’ll just have to check out the article for yourself and find out! Read the full article here.

Wendy’s Taking in the No. 2 Spot for Fast Food Chains
From Wall St. Cheat Sheet, Read Article

Image: Reverendb/MorgueFile

Normally the order of top fast food chains started with McDonald’s, then Burger King then Wendy’s.  But it looks as though Wendy’s is moving into second place.  According to a Wall St. Cheat Sheet article, Wendy’s will have $53 million higher sales than Burger King–but we won’t know for certain until the end of the fourth quarter.  Either way, Wendy’s has been working hard this year and even working on a few different redesigns of their buildings.  To read more about how they are possibly going to take the No. 2 spot, read the Wall St.’s article here, and to learn more about the redesigns, view this Huff Post Food article.

Airports Becoming More Nutritious
From USA Today, Read Article

It’s easy to slack off when it comes to eating healthily during the holidays, especially when traveling.  But it looks as though foodservice establishments in airports across America are providing healthier menu items for travelers.  USA Today covered a survey which reported 15 of the country’s biggest airports now offer healthier menu offerings.  According to the study, many airport foodservice establishments are offering more low-fat, vegetarian and cholesterol-free meals.  Read more about airports becoming healthier here.

Holiday Recipes
From Delish.com, Go To Website

Image: Cohdra/MorgueFile

And finally, 2011 is coming to a close and Christmas is just days away!  (So if you haven’t started your shopping, you  better get started.  And as a side note–restaurant gift cards make an excellent present).  We always are excited to see what kinds of recipes Delish.com has, so here are a few that you can bookmark and possibly cook up for the holiday weekend.

Central wishes you and yours a very happy holiday!

 


Central’s Week in Brief: September 30

Every Friday Central brings you stories from the week that you might have missed, but that are definitely worth a look. We’ll feature food news covering everything from the weird to the wonderful in the world of restaurants, schools, the military and more. It’s our way to help you go into the weekend with a little extra knowledge and maybe even a project or recipe to try out!

1.) Usually when you go to a baseball game, common beverage options are water, soda and beer. Well, it looks like there’s another beverage that’s become quite popular at ballparks–wine! Andrew Shipe of Aramark told the Houston Chronicle, “Five years ago, wine was mostly limited to the premium seats.  But these days, it’s more likely to be on the main concourse.” Read the full story here.

2.) When it comes to advertising, sometimes looking into your company’s archives may hold the key to success, or at least is a good shot! Wendy’s latest marketing campaign answers the 1984 question, “Where’s the beef?” by simply, well, answering it!  “Here it is!” they say.  To address it, Wendy’s has thrown in snippets of the now decades old commercial into new commercials for their line of “Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy Cheeseburgers.” Check out more information on the New York Times website.

3.) In the last few weeks, a listeria outbreak from cantaloupe has claimed at least 13 lives and has infected over 70 people, according to statistics from the Center for Disease control.  Then just this week, Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. has recalled 131,000 pounds of ground beef under the suspicion it may be contaminated with E. Coli.  An ABC news article reported that so far, no one has reported being ill from the beef  and the recall was voluntary.  With two major recalls, now is a good time to review standards and procedures at your restaurant. Click here to view ABC’s article, which includes tips.

4.) Is your restaurant using social media or mobile apps? At this year’s MUFSO (Multi-Unit Foodservice Operator) conference, which was held September 25-27, NY Times Columnist David Pogue stressed the importance of using these methods of communication.  He noted many restaurants are leery of social media and apps but, “if you use it right, there are some incredible things you can do.” Read the full story here from Nation’s Restaurant News.

5.) Exciting news from Central! We’ve recently rolled out our Monthly Customer Newsletter which includes the latest from our blog, foodservice news, tips, questions, a Twitter topics and more. This month’s @CRPRestaurant Twitter topic is “What is/was your favorite school food and why?” Answer it on Twitter by using the hashtag: #crplunchfaves.  Then enter in #crplunchfaves in Twitter’s search tool to see what others are saying.  Feel free to get creative and dig deep to remember some of the neat things you ate as a kid!  Also, be sure to check out the newsletter here!