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Arby’s says it has the spiciest sandwich in the QSR business

The sandwich chain is rolling out its “Diablo Dare” sandwiches, either brisket or chicken, which is apparently so spicy that it comes with a free Vanilla Shake.

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Data from the third-party companies provides a snapshot of what consumers ordered from restaurants in the last year—and what fell from favor.

The plant-based sandwich is apparently performing well in a limited, eight-store test. But it could still be some time before the product appears on nationwide menus.

From the Editor: Subscribers will get access to the menu maven's State of the Plate column every month as part of our broadening menu coverage.

A Deeper Dive: Nancy Kruse, the new menu trends columnist for Restaurant Business, joins the podcast this week to discuss whether Sweetgreen can find enough salad demand to grow big.

“Non-meat options are no longer only for vegetarians or vegans. In my restaurants, I’ve seen a lot more ‘flexitarian’ guests looking for plant-based options,” said Hereford. “It’s important to me as a chef to offer rich and crave-worthy options to allof my customers.”

Consumers are increasingly interested in premium, high-quality ingredients when dining out. For operators, it can be a challenge to meet that need—but Prosciutto di Parma makes it easy.

Shareable menu items are perfect vehicles for customers to try new flavors and ingredients, and they can accommodate a variety of dining occasions, including between-meal snacks, happy hours and holiday parties, as well as traditional brunches, lunches and dinners.

The rollout follows a 64-unit test of the new protein late last year. The brisket is smoked, charred on the grill and seasoned with smoky peppers and other spices.

The 57,000-square-foot facility in Virginia will be used to create and package dips and spreads branded under the fast-casual chain’s name to be sold in grocery stores nationwide.

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