Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food has driven growth in every sector of retail foodservice for the past 14 years according to Nielsen data. While Dunkin has been very successful in store with new grab-n-go fresh food McDonald’s has largely stood back and watched according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.
Maybe it’s because they were stifled themselves with Boston Market, and Chipotle according to Johnson. Boston Market now has a third fewer units (an internal leadership problem) that they did with they were under McDonalds wings, but Chipotle, well what can anyone one say except, success does leave clues.
Now remember in our vernacular this are grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat items and for the first time in eight years, McDonald’s is adding a line of new baked goods to its core menu: an Apple Fritter, a Blueberry Muffin and a Cinnamon Roll.
The Baked Apple Pie and Chocolate Chip Cookie on the McCafe menu, which also includes an assortment of hot and cold coffee beverages my friends that apple pie has been there since 1968. The last baked good added to McDonald’s core menu was the introduction of cookies in 2012.
At the intersection of all-day breakfast and snacking Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food can drive top line sales and bottom line profits while reduce complexities of both the drive-thru and kitchen. Let’s take a closer look at the new items:
-Apple Fritter: a fritter made with cinnamon and apples. It is fried and drizzled with a glaze icing.
-Blueberry Muffin: a soft muffin baked with blueberries and topped with streusel crumbs.
-Cinnamon Roll: a buttery and flaky pastry layered with cinnamon and drizzled with cream cheese icing.
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