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Food trends and recipes to keep menus fresh


McDonald’s and Yum Brands ink deals with Beyond Meat

The plant-based meat maker will work with the burger giant on its McPlant platform and will help create menu items at Yum’s KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands.


Wendy’s fried chicken sandwich goes before our tasting panel

The competition continues with the next sandwich in the smackdown.

Taste Tracker: Jack in the Box, PDQ spice it up; Einstein Bros. does brisket for breakfast; Jersey Mike’s adds a portabella sub; and more menu news of the week.

With the pandemic forcing many eateries to pivot to take-out and delivery, restaurant operators are looking for menu items that are easy to prepare, travel well and have broad appeal.

The Mexican fast-food chain will test the “Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco” in Nashville and Charlotte next month.

The fresh vending company makes its first move into the restaurant space.

The fast-casual burger chain is partnering with well-known chefs around the country for one-day rollouts of special menu items.

As operators pare the choices they offer guests, making strategic use of dessert menu real estate is crucial. 

The company has introduced a new Jalapeno Popper Chicken Sandwich in the middle of an innovation surge in the fast-food chicken business.

The fast casual is feeling the heat from greater demand for chicken wings. But the chain is putting stock in its belief the uptick is pandemic-fueled and temporary, rather than a long-term concern.

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