So this is happening: Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are the first national QSR chains to use bacon jam as a topping. As I wrote just a week ago, bacon jam is rising in popularity as a sweet and tangy burger spread. Now Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s have introduced it on their new Bacon 3-Way Thickburger.
Served on a brioche-style bun, the new burger is 1/3-lb. charbroiled Black Angus beef patty with lettuce, tomato, American cheese and three bacon variations: thick-cut, applewood-smoked bacon strips; crumbled bacon and a bacon jam made with bacon pieces, balsamic vinegar, caramelized onions and molasses.
The Bacon 3-Way Burger is priced at $4.49 for a single patty, $5.49 for a double patty and as a 1/3-lb. Thickburger for $5.49 (prices may vary).
Said Brad Haley, CMO for Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, in a release announcing the burger, “At Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, we pride ourselves on our ability to bring things to fast food consumers that they previously could only get at sit-down restaurants for a lot more money, which led us to the Bacon 3-Way Burger. Sure, the Bacon 3-Way Burger has plenty of bacon in the form of thick-cut, Applewood-smoked bacon strips and crumbled bacon, but the real star is the bacon jam, which is starting to show up on fine-dining and casual-dining menus across the country.” You read it here first, BurgerBusiness.com readers.
Gilroy Garlic Fries have passed their test. The side dish that the chain began testing in 24 San Francisco Bay Area restaurants last May sold well enough to merit a wider audience. Beginning this week, McDonald’s has moved the garlic fries into 240 area restaurants.
For the made-to-order item, kitchen crew toss fries in stainless-steel bowls with a purée of garlic from Gilroy, Calif., plus olive oil, Parmesan cheese, parsley and salt. They are one of many regional-flavors menu items McDonald’s co-ops are trying.
Since Chicken Fries were first introduced in 2005, Burger King has continually played around with them. We’ve had Buffalo Chicken Fries, Jalapeňo Chicken Fries and Fiery Chicken Fries. In April, we saw Chicken Fries Rings. So what’s next?
In Taiwan, Burger King has moved the concept to a whole new protein with the unveiling of Fish Fries.
Yesterday The NPD Group released information on the small but growing home meal-kit business. Now the researcher is back with this tidbit of information about another shift in competition: “Over the past four years, [foodservice] delivery has grown by 69 million visits (orders), while drive-thru traffic fell by 128 million visits from May 2012 through May 2016.”
Yes, pizza still accounts for 60% of deliveries, NPD notes, but pizza’s share is declining. “Consumers instead are ordering delivery from a variety of restaurants including quick service Asian and burger, full service, and fast casual,” NPD reports.