For Burger King, less is more

MIAMI – Call it the crinkle-cut crowning achievement of Burger King Worldwide’s third quarter. The September launch of Satisfries, better-for-you french fries with less fat and fewer calories than the competitor’s product, was considered a “major milestone” for the fast-food chain, the company said. “First, french fry sales have been declining across the industry for…

Burger King satisfied with strong quarter

MIAMI — The launches of better-for-you Satisfries and a value burger topped with french fries helped drive traffic for Burger King Worldwide during the third quarter, but U.S. and Canada comparable sales declined 0.3% on soft consumer spending and continued competitive headwinds. For the three months ended Sept. 30, net income rose sharply to $68,200,000,…

McDonald’s splits with Heinz

OAK BROOK, ILL. — McDonald’s Corp. has announced plans to end its 40-year relationship with supplier H.J. Heinz Co. following recent management changes at the ketchup company that hit too close to the Home of the Whopper. Bernardo Hees, previously chief executive officer at fast-food rival Burger King Worldwide Inc., stepped in to the same…

Brinker heating up innovation at Chili’s

DALLAS — Brinker International, Inc. is “dialing up intensity on product innovation” in an effort to drive sales and bolster results at its Chili’s Grill & Bar restaurant chains, said Wyman Roberts, president and chief executive officer of Brinker. In an Oct. 23 conference call to discuss fiscal 2014 first-quarter results, Mr. Roberts said newly…

Market for flavored, functional waters rises 7.4%

BATH, UNITED KINGDOM — The global market for flavored and functional waters reached $17 billion in sales and 11 billion liters in volume after a 7.4% increase in volume in 2012, according to a report issued in October by Zenith International Ltd., a consulting company for food and drinks based in Bath. Zenith International forecasts…