KFC's chicken nuggets take on a saucier attitude

New Saucy Nuggets come in five varieties to satisfy flavor-craving sauce fans.


The year menu innovation got turbo-charged

2023 saw a lot of menu activity and unique food and drink launches. But many operators stuck with perennial favorites for LTOs.

Summer’s heat wave continues to blanket the country and fall is officially more than a month away, but the influx of pumpkin on chain menus began as soon as the calendar flipped to August.

Taco Bell brings back a winner; summer sipping at Wetzel’s and Haagen Dazs; Krispy Kreme and Smalls Sliders invite indulgence; and spicy shrimp comes to Salata.

President Sam Yoon drives menu innovation and growth to differentiate the frozen yogurt experience.

Nine mix-and-match sauces + six proteins = a new frontier in flavor and personalization at Fridays.

The culinary techniques and flavors from Japanese and Italian cultures combine to drive this emerging cuisine. But don’t call it fusion.

The industry recovery will continue, but the limitations will have a big influence on the menu in the coming year.

For operators—who are already offering global dishes or who want to start doing so—another important factor to consider when creating these meals is the labor involved.

The pandemic has changed what consumers are looking for when they order restaurant food. It’s also forced many operators to simplify their menus to minimize waste and maximize profits.

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