Last week we caught up on the latest in reimagining brand personas and improving the customer experience by utilizing technology. This Friday Franchising News brings us more to dig into from some of the most prolific names in food franchising. From appealing new menu offerings to the return of customer favorites along with big gains for franchisees, momentum is going strong for the fall season!
Papa John’s Launches Pan Pizza
In what the pizza franchise has deemed its biggest product launch in more than a decade, Papa John’s rolled out Papa John’s Pan Pizza on Monday. Over the past 18 months, the chain has developed the recipe and cooking process, preparing operators to make the pizza. The company cites creating a caramelized cheese crust that delivers on flavors and texture as one of the vital aspects of the pizza. Papa John’s believes the new product will generate strong sales in the highly competitive pizza business by driving new customers who prefer pan pizza and enticing current customers to try the latest offering.
Tony Roma’s Takes Diners Home for the Holidays
The restaurant chain has introduced a limited time “Coming Home” menu featuring a Tony Roma’s twist on comfort food favorites. The special menu introduces creatively-infused hearty dishes and cocktails available until December 20. New items include “Potato Croquettes”, “Not Your Mom’s Fried Chicken”, “Braised Boneless Short Rib”, signature cocktails like “Cranberry Spice Romarita” along with “Chocolate Chip Croissant Bread Pudding” to finish off the meal. The new offerings are made with specialty ingredients that channel a home-cooked meal with family and friends.
KFC Brings Back the Heat
The chicken franchise has listened to customers and brought back its Nashville Hot Chicken to US locations. KFC served the spicy favorite from January to April and it quickly earned ranks as one of the chain’s biggest product innovations in recent years. As part of this month’s reintroduction, KFC is offering the product in a sandwich in addition to tenders and off the bone. Select units will serve Nashville Hot Wings and a grilled iteration. A newly appointed Colonel rounds out the return. Mad Men actor Vincent Kartheiser will suit up to help promote the relaunch.
Yum Brands Focusing on Franchisees
Yum Brands recently announced the spinning off its China division and the company has followed with another headline. In a bid to boost savings and sales the company plans to put nearly all of its restaurants including KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell in the hands of franchisees. By the end of 2018, the company plans to grow franchisee owned eateries from 77% to 98%. This will shrink the number of company owned locations from 10,000 to 1,000. The aim is to lower risk and increase growth with long-term sustainable results in every market.