Posted by Dale Buss on August 6, 2013 10:36 AM
Like a drought on the prairie, the stagnation in the US quick-serve-restaurant market has the hungry herd foraging for more sources of sustenance. And that finds more brands moving out of their traditional comfort zones in search of sales and customers in other day parts.
Denny's has become the latest major chain to echo moves made earlier by Taco Bell and others. Brand stewards believed that Denny's needed to break out of its breakfast box, where its venerable Grand Slam Breakfast and, recently, Baconalia menus had secured its place in the market, but was no longer enough to sustain the brand.
With that, Denny's has launched its "beyond breakfast" platform with a long list of new menu items that are devoid of bacon or syrup or any other connections to breakfast, but instead include a sirloin-steak entree, smothered cheese fries, a prime rib cobb salad and apple pie a la mode.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 5, 2013 09:25 AM
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Denny's looks beyond breakfast with new marketing strategy.
Ford taps Mustang history in videos.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 31, 2013 09:20 AM
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Candia, a French milk brand, plans to set up shop in China to take advantage of consumer concerns.
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Coach shuffles management after weak results.Continue reading...
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Posted by Dale Buss on March 14, 2013 11:03 AM
Good news for pork lovers: Denny's is reprising its popular Baconalia menu this week, with new dishes featuring the prize of processed meats—and the daring to put a comprehensive marketing push behind it again.
It won't surprise those who've been on the edges of their chairs waiting for the return of this celebration of gastronomic exotica, but it's actually been two years since Baconalia I. When Denny's ran that effort, its same-store guest counts rose 1.4 percent at company-owned restaurants and helped a 2 percent system-wide same-store sales increase for the second quarter of 2011, according to Nation's Restaurant News.
"We knew pretty soon after Baconalia that we wanted to come back to it, but the key was when," John Dillon, Denny's vice president of brand marketing and product innovation, told the publication.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 13, 2013 09:39 AM
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Cadbury's Silk undergoing brand "renovation."
Chevrolet accelerates dealer infotainment training.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 12, 2013 09:09 AM
Alibaba names next CEO.
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Apple and Samsung values soar.
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China's Spring Airlines adds cars to in-flight sales offering.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 4, 2012 03:01 PM
The heads of more US restaurant brands are taking out their frustrations on Obamacare, with David Overton of the Cheesecake Factory becoming the latest. And even if you agree with their plaint, their actions prompt the question: Are they only hurting themselves by making a campaign out of their oppostion to the Affordable Care Act and to the new costs it places on their chains, however onerous they may be?
Instead of promoting, say, his chain's holiday campaign to give away 2013 cheesecakes on Facebook, Overton aired his grievances on CBS This Morning, saying that "for those businesses who don't cover their employees [with health insurance already], they'll be in for a very expensive situation." He noted that the Cheesecake Factory already provides some health insurance, but he warned that the costs of complying with Obamacare would be passed on to customers by the industry.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 16, 2012 11:52 AM
As restaurant brand executives cut jobs and announced their intentions to raise prices in the wake of President Obama's re-election, no one can say they weren't forewarned.
Chains such as Papa John's are explicitly tying their actions to the costs of Obamacare, while other brands — including GE Healthcare and Virgin Airlines — also are announcing job cuts as a result of their expectations for a continuation of U.S. economic sluggishness in the wake of the voting results.
Papa John's CEO John Schnatter has been the most outspoken. The Mitt Romney backer has said that he'll raise the price of a pizza pie by 10 to 14 cents as well as slash employee hours — but it's not, he says, because of the two million pizzas he's giving away, but due to the cotss of Obamacare. He's not alone. A Denny's franchisee in Florida, John Metz, said that he plans to add a five-percent surcharge to his customers' bills and also to reduce his employees' hours.Continue reading...