By Thomas Barrabi Published December 19, 2018 Food and Beverage FOXBusiness Facebook Twitter Comments Print video Chick-fil-A to become nation's third-largest fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A is cashing in. A new 2017 sales report shows the king of chicken is rolling in the dough and is far exceeding its rival fast food chains like McDonald’s and KFC. Booming restaurant chain Chick-fil-A is claiming the ranks of the most popular fast food destinations and could become the third-largest U.S, brand by the end of 2018, according to a report this week from a restaurant industry research firm. Continue Reading Below The Georgia-based, chicken-focused company has a “reasonable” chance of jumping from seventh to third in overall sales by the end of the year and “90-95 percent” odds of taking the third spot by 2019. If it accomplishes the feat, Chick-fil-A will rank behind only McDonald’s and Starbucks in terms … [Read more...] about Chick-fil-A poised to jump Subway, Burger King in US fast food market
Kate Taylor, provided by Published 6:18 am CST, Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Taco Bell's nacho fries are the best new fast-food menu item that debuted in 2018. Long mythologized, the fries immediately set themselves apart from the competition by refusing to stick to fast-food industry norms. More than 53 million orders of the fries were placed during the limited-time offering's original run from late January to April. In the course of my life, I've eaten many a fry. I've gorged myself on McDonald's French fries, both salty and fresh as well as lukewarm and mealy. I've preached the gospel of Arby's curly fries. I've dabbled in Chick-fil-A's waffle fries, a middling option boosted by the quality of the chain's signature sauce. I thought I'd seen it all in the world of fries. Then, at the dawn of 2018, Taco Bell brought a new contender to the game. I had long heard tales of Taco Bell's loaded fries, sold almost … [Read more...] about Taco Bell’s nacho fries were the best new fast-food menu item to debut this year (YUM)
I tried four different cheeseburgers to determine which was the best. I sampled cheeseburgers from McDonald’s,Burger King, Wendy’s, and Five Guys. Five Guys tasted the freshest and I found it was worth its higher price tag. When it comes to classic foods, cheeseburgers occupy a very special and exalted position, especially to those who grew up eating those fast-food offerings that included a toy. But in terms of flavour, ingredient quality, and overall satisfaction, can any of these quickie burgers really stand up to nostalgic childhood memories? To determine the best cheeseburger, INSIDER sampled four different ones as part of an ongoing taste test series. Other items we’ve tried range from cinnamon rolls and cookie dough to chicken noodle soup and tacos. We tested: Keep scrolling to see how they compared. The Burger King cheeseburger came with classic fillings. We’ll start with the fast-food chain so confident in its burgers that they chose to put that … [Read more...] about I tried cheeseburgers from 4 fast-food chains and there was a clear winner
By Jonathan Lansner | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: December 17, 2018 at 11:39 am | UPDATED: December 17, 2018 at 11:39 am “Bubble Watch” digs into trends that may indicate economic and/or housing market troubles ahead. Buzz: Fast-food joints pitching high-profile freebies and/or dollar deals. Source: Mostly window posters at your favorite cheap-eats joint Trend observed Plenty of cheap eats can be had at the major chains as you’re shopping for the holidays. Of course, they come with a qualifying quirk or two. And we’re not talking one-day specials. For example, Panera Bread is offering a free bagel a day through the holidays by joining its fan club. Taco Bell will give you a free drink if you order through its mobile app. Burger King has been selling 1-cent Whoppers … if you order the burger from a phone while 600 feet or so from its arch nemesis, McDonald’s. McDonald’s offers free fries on Friday. Wendy’s … [Read more...] about Bubble Watch: Are fast-food freebies good salesmanship or ominous economic sign?
Without notice or a farewell, Arby’s closed its downtown Minneapolis restaurant the weekend before Thanksgiving and a gap suddenly became clear: the biggest fast food joints have abandoned the heart of the city. McDonald’s, Burger King, Arby’s, Wendy’s and Taco Bell are gone and unlikely to return. Some will call the development a sign of improving tastes and healthier eating. But fast food giants are thriving nationally, and plenty of pizza, burgers and dressing-soaked salads are consumed downtown. Instead, economics are at work. Rent and labor costs are rising, and competition has grown from food trucks. Even the emergence of nicer break areas in offices is hurting them. “There’s a lot more squeeze on restaurants than there used to be,” says Andrea Christenson, a senior director at Cushman & Wakefield who is one of the top restaurant brokers in the Twin Cities. Subway, the nation’s largest restaurant chain by number of locations, … [Read more...] about An Arby’s closes and a fast food gap emerges in downtown Minneapolis