The Daily Dish: March 9, 2016
Today’s first course?
Ever since Burger King’s hot dogs officially launched last month to the tune of harsh criticism, the beef frank has been selling like crazy. Love it or hate it, Burger King executives have hinted that the BK hot dog, which is available in either classic style with chopped onions, relish, ketchup and mustard; or a chili cheese dog, is one of the fast food chain’s most successful menu items in years. The company’s CEO says stores are selling between 80 and 100 hot dogs per store every day, without the aid of marketing. When we reviewed Burger King’s hot dogs we thought they were “surprisingly good” and were not surprised at their sudden burst in popularity.
Still moaning over the new Starbucks Rewards program? Dunkin’ Donuts is making itself an even more enticing alternative with the planned rollout of its own mobile ordering system later this year. Scott Hudler, who is the vice president of global consumer engagement for the company, points out that mobile ordering not only allows customers to avoid standing in line, but it allows customers to order what they want without being influenced by wait time.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is celebrating 50 years of the school breakfast program, a nutrition initiative that now affects more than 14 million students across the country. Over the course of the Obama administration, participation in school breakfast has increased by 27 percent, and more than 90,000 schools participated in the program in the last year alone. To celebrate the program’s 50th anniversary, leaders with the USDA have announced an additional $6.8 million dollars in grants to help schools maintain a healthy standard of nutrition for students. Approved grants will be used to train foodservice personnel and provide schools with a greater standard of nutrition education.
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