Burger King’s Q3 comps see boost from new menu items

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Comps at Burger King rose 6.2 percent year over year in the third quarter, parent company Restaurant Brands International said Tuesday.

Sales rose on the debut of new menu items such as Fiery Chicken Fries and the Extra Long Jalapeno Cheeseburger, as well as the return of a 2-for-$5 sandwich deal.

Streamlining operations also played a key role, allowing Burger King to “run better restaurants” and launch “fewer, more impactful products,” RBI CEO Daniel Schwartz said.

Total revenues for the chain increased 1 percent year over year, to $282 million.

Schwartz noted that the brand is seeing gains across all dayparts from its four-pillar strategy, focusing on menu, marketing, image and operations. Forty percent of Burger King’s U.S. and Canada restaurants have been remodeled, compared to 10 percent eight years ago, he said.

Last month, Burger King’s largest franchisee in France purchased the 509-unit Quick burger chain with the plan to convert those restaurants to Burger Kings. France is one of Burger King’s strongest markets, RBI has said, averaging around $5.5 million in sales.

RBI execs noted on an earnings call Tuesday that they are not currently considering additional mergers or acquisitions. 

Comp sales at Burger King’s sister chain, Tim Hortons, rose 5.3 percent during the quarter.

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