New Menu Items Roll Out at these Popular Chains

Mar 05, 2024

Consumer tastes and preferences are constantly shifting, so staying relevant and attracting customers requires a dynamic approach to menu development. This involves continuously innovating and introducing new menu items. Sometimes, these new menu offerings become go-to fan favorites, while others develop into seasonal, limited-time offerings, or simply disappear forever. Let’s take a look at the latest new offerings from popular chains.


Chicken is In

Burger King is launching two spicy chicken menu items for spring and summer. The new offerings include the Fiery Buffalo Royal Crispy Wrap and the returning Fiery Nuggets. These items feature crispy white meat chicken coated in a spicy Buffalo glaze, complemented by a creamy Buffalo sauce, tomato, and lettuce in a tortilla wrap. The items will be available nationwide starting March 7 for approximately $2.99 each. Burger King’s Chief Marketing Officer, Pat O’Toole, expressed excitement about the new flavor addition, emphasizing its popularity and the decision to make wraps a permanent menu item. This announcement coincides with Burger King’s response to Wendy’s proposed “surge pricing,” with Burger King offering free Whopper burgers and asserting their commitment to fair pricing.

Taco Bell supports emerging culinary talent through TBX, a program spotlighting three talented chefs who will collaborate on reinventing the iconic Crunchwrap Supreme. The Cantina Chicken Menu introduces flavorful oven-roasted chicken seasoned with Mexican spices and features five new items, including the Cantina Chicken Burrito and Cantina Chicken Quesadilla. Furthermore, Taco Bell is rolling out many bold new flavors in 2024, including Cheesy Chicken Crispanadas and Crispy Chicken Nuggets. Iconic collaborations with brands like Cheez-It® and Tajín® promise to delight fans with surprising menu items packed with sweet and spicy flavors.


Sandwiches and More

Panera is gearing up for a significant menu innovation, introducing nine new items, including the much-anticipated bacon mac & cheese pasta. The bakery chain is also adding four sandwiches and four salads to its upcoming update. Moreover, 12 current items, such as the Bravo Club Sandwich and Chipotle Chicken Avocado Melt, will receive enhanced recipes as part of “Panera’s New Era.” These modifications aim to infuse “more delicious flavors” into the menu in what Panera describes as its “biggest menu transformation” yet. The new entrees will feature guest-inspired flavors, new salad dressings, meats, cheeses, spice blends, and hearty grains. The revamped menu is set to launch on April 4, with MyPanera rewards members receiving exclusive sneak peeks ahead of the official release.

In January, Subway introduced a major menu update with the launch of Sidekicks, a collection of three new footlong snacks. These snacks, created in collaboration with Cinnabon and Auntie Anne’s, offer a twist on classic treats and provide the perfect complement to Subway’s signature footlong sandwiches or as standalone snacks. The lineup includes the Cinnabon Footlong Churro, Auntie Anne’s Footlong Pretzel, and the return of the Footlong Cookie. Douglas Fry, President of Subway North America, highlighted the significance of Sidekicks in enhancing the Subway experience and teased further culinary innovation for 2024. This initiative is part of Subway’s ongoing transformation journey, which began in 2021 with ingredient pantry overhauls and continues to prioritize enhancing the guest experience. Dave Mikita, President of International and Retail Channels at Focus Brands, expressed excitement about the partnership with Subway and the opportunity to delight guests with these beloved snacks in new and craveable ways.