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Wendy's overtakes Burger King as No. 2 U.S. burger chain
CNN ^ | Monday, March 19, 2012 | James O'Toole

Posted on 03/19/2012 8:27:26 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Wendy's is taking a bite out of Burger King in the fast food business.

Dave Thomas's restaurants became the No. 2-selling hamburger chain in the country last year, industry research firm Technomic said Monday, pushing Burger King back to the No. 3 spot. Burger King had been No. 2 spot since at least 1972, the earliest year for which Technomic has data.

Wendy's (WEN) U.S. sales totaled $8.5 billion last year, edging out Burger King and its $8.4 billion. Wendy's has roughly 5,900 locations in the U.S. compared with Burger King's 7,200.

McDonald's (MCD, Fortune 500), meanwhile, dwarfed both with over $34 billion in sales last year at its 14,098 U.S. locations. It's the largest restaurant chain in the country, followed by Subway, Starbucks (SBUX, Fortune 500), Wendy's and Burger King. (McDonald's phasing out tiny cages for pigs)

Five Guys Burgers and Fries ranked as the fastest-growing chain in the U.S. last year, Technomic said, followed by Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) and Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich Shop.

(Excerpt) Read more at money.cnn.com ...


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KEYWORDS: burgerking; burgerwars; flotus; letsmove; mcdonalds; mobama; wendys
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1 posted on 03/19/2012 8:27:28 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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2 posted on 03/19/2012 8:29:38 PM PDT by twister881
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To: MinorityRepublican; a fool in paradise
Sister Wendy, Art Critic.


3 posted on 03/19/2012 8:29:45 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: twister881

In-N-Out Burger rocks!!


4 posted on 03/19/2012 8:31:46 PM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: MinorityRepublican

My favourite by far is five guys


5 posted on 03/19/2012 8:32:18 PM PDT by hannibaal
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To: MinorityRepublican

I went to a burger king a few weeks ago for the first time in years. I’m impressed that they still exist.


6 posted on 03/19/2012 8:33:39 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I haven’t tried that new Wendys burger, but its pretty hard to beat the Whopper with cheese in a fast food joint.


7 posted on 03/19/2012 8:34:13 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: MinorityRepublican

MacDonald plain sucks


8 posted on 03/19/2012 8:35:22 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: twister881

Have the best of both worlds..In N Out AND Chick Fil A’s within a 5 block radius in the middle of Hollywood. I get tired of both which is rare, got Fat Burger in between.


9 posted on 03/19/2012 8:35:26 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Revolting cat!

I remember her! LOL!


10 posted on 03/19/2012 8:36:10 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I could understand this. Burger Kings have all closed in this area. Their burgers are mushy slop heated in a microwave.


11 posted on 03/19/2012 8:37:12 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (Liberalism: Carrying adolescent values and behavior into adult life.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Well I always thought that Wendy's had the better of the fast-food hamburgers. I like the fact that they are square and thicker. Have not had the "In And Out" burger because they don't have them yet out our way. I have been to Las Vegas a few times and know there is a "In And Out" burger joint not far from West Tropicana Avenue (on Dean Martin Drive, I believe) but just never made it over there because there is so much to do on the proper strip.

However, it appears that at some point, I will eventually make it over there. In the meantime, I like cooking burgers at home on the grill that I purchase from my butcher shop. Really thick burgers that I top off with a thick slab of swiss cheese and a mess of hot peppers sautéed in olive oil and garlic. All inside of a potato bun. It is really a good burger and should I open up a burger joint that sells them, I imagine I would do quite well.

12 posted on 03/19/2012 8:37:30 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 52 days away from outliving Phil Hartman)
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To: mylife

We agree.


13 posted on 03/19/2012 8:37:30 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: eyedigress
Burger Kings was always my favorite until they recently made changes in their ingredients and breads to make their food more healthy. Their Whoppers no longer taste the same.

Recently I went to order and the cashier asked me if I wanted to look at the new "healthy menu". I told her "if I wanted healthy I would have gone to Subway"

14 posted on 03/19/2012 8:37:42 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Don't blame me. I voted for Newt.)
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To: twister881
Amen!

Fortunately they've expanded beyond CA to spots in NV, AZ and TX.

15 posted on 03/19/2012 8:37:42 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: twister881

I was hooked on the flame broiled taste at Burger King, especially the chicken, but Wendy’s is now the best tasting hamburger because it IS hamburger. Try it and it’ll take you back to what real meat tastes like. Makes me think of when we went to McD’s when i was a kid. When we went once a year, maybe 2 years?


16 posted on 03/19/2012 8:37:44 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: max americana

No Smashburger?

http://www.smashburger.com/


17 posted on 03/19/2012 8:38:01 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: headstamp 2

“Their burgers are mushy slop heated in a microwave.”

They used to be grilled. Remember those days?


18 posted on 03/19/2012 8:39:05 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: twister881
Yes, my FRiend, In-n-out is IT, and that's THAT.
19 posted on 03/19/2012 8:39:21 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I just love Wendy’s!

#2..double cheeseburger, fries and soft drink.

Randy’s in Hamburger Heaven!


20 posted on 03/19/2012 8:39:36 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (No Romney vote from my family!)
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To: mylife

That’s weird, no SoCal locations..


21 posted on 03/19/2012 8:40:42 PM PDT by max americana
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To: MinorityRepublican

22 posted on 03/19/2012 8:41:44 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: SamAdams76

Sam,

You sure would!


23 posted on 03/19/2012 8:42:27 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (No Romney vote from my family!)
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To: tsowellfan

I can recall getting a Whopper in 1970 and the darn thing being delicious. That flame broiling was real. The junk they serve now isn’t even close.


24 posted on 03/19/2012 8:43:00 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: mylife

The Whopper (or the triple in my case) is a great burger, my beef with BK is their mediocre fries.


25 posted on 03/19/2012 8:43:42 PM PDT by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: rockinqsranch

The only burger that I ever buy at MacDonald is the plain old single with cheese.
I only buy those because you can eat them driving and in a rush.
Bt its like industrial food, a step above a space bar LOL


26 posted on 03/19/2012 8:44:22 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: tsowellfan; All
We know who to thank for that. /s

A Feb. 10, 2010, press release:

BURGER KING CORP. SUPPORTS FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA’S “LET’S MOVE” CAMPAIGN

27 posted on 03/19/2012 8:44:50 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: Randy Larsen

Im addicted to the chili. Always have been.


28 posted on 03/19/2012 8:45:24 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Never liked the Jack, McDonalds, Carls, BK or Wendy’s.
I really like In n Out, Fudruckers..... haven’t been to or found a Five Guys yet.


29 posted on 03/19/2012 8:45:37 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: eyedigress

You are spot on!

Why they changed is beyond me..


30 posted on 03/19/2012 8:46:17 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (No Romney vote from my family!)
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To: eyedigress
I went to a burger king a few weeks ago for the first time in years. I’m impressed that they still exist.

The other night I went to burger king, and was really disappointed. I tried one of their new "special" burgers with bacon and bleu cheese. Dry, and just not very good.

Hardees (and Carls Jr) had a special burger called "The Steakhouse Burger" with bleu cheese, fried onions, and A1 sauce. Believe it or not, it REALLY worked! One of the best burgers ever from a drive through, though 5 Guys is really awesome too.

Mark

31 posted on 03/19/2012 8:46:59 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: tsowellfan

LoL!
I have not had a whopper in close to a year
Sorry to hear they futzed with it.


32 posted on 03/19/2012 8:47:25 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: MinorityRepublican
They going to yank the darn things out of military bases? Because the food sucked and the service and hours were crap.

/johnny

33 posted on 03/19/2012 8:47:25 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: eyedigress

I always favored BK. They have become so lousy I swore them off and have become a Wendy’s fan. BK used to be flame broiled, better quality. Now they suck. Unmotivated unprofessional staff, dirty grill, lousy ingredients.

If they don’t drastically improve, I predict BK’s demise.


34 posted on 03/19/2012 8:47:28 PM PDT by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: ConservativeTeen

The little known secret trick is to buy the Fries at MickeyD’s and then go across the street and order a burger at the King!


35 posted on 03/19/2012 8:47:39 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Wendy’s used to be awesome about 10 years ago and back. I could order a double cheeseburger and it was hot and greasy, so much so that the grease would leak out of the foil. It was freakin delicious!

Nowadays, they give me a dry, lukewarm burger that is $8.00 in a combo. (rip off)

Five Guys ain’t cheap either, but if I’m nearing $10.00 I’m going to get a better burger from there.

Too bad In-N-Out is only on the west coast!


36 posted on 03/19/2012 8:47:56 PM PDT by AskNotReceiveNot
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To: Randy Larsen

Wendy’s Hot N Spicy Chicken w/lettuce, tomato, onion NO mayo (mayo on something spicy hot!?! What are they thinking?) fries w/sea salt and drink. Awesome!!!

And their burgers are good too:)


37 posted on 03/19/2012 8:48:14 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Just because you are paranoid it doesn't mean they aren't out to get you.)
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To: MarkL

We have a five guys and it is good but your gonna pay.


38 posted on 03/19/2012 8:48:40 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: max americana

Its a NE Texas thang ;)


39 posted on 03/19/2012 8:48:56 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

The Smashburgers are gooood!


40 posted on 03/19/2012 8:49:12 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Considering how big they are Wendy’s food is still pretty decent.

Give me Sonic, Culver’s, or for that matter Buffalo Wild Wings food any day.


41 posted on 03/19/2012 8:49:59 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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To: tsowellfan

Once upon a time, it really did “take two hands to handle a Whopper”, but BK’s glory days were over once the Whopper became just another burger.


42 posted on 03/19/2012 8:50:43 PM PDT by SmithL (If you reward certain behavior, don't be surprised when you see more of that behavior)
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To: umgud

I don’t know why people try and compare Five Guys to In-N-Out. I tried Five Guys once but never again. Terrible!


43 posted on 03/19/2012 8:51:32 PM PDT by idkfa
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To: mylife

If you’re not driving, sit and enjoy McD’s Angus Classic...(I like the one with Swiss and mushrooms) very good and very reminiscent of Red Robin burgers (for a lot less).


44 posted on 03/19/2012 8:52:08 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Just because you are paranoid it doesn't mean they aren't out to get you.)
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To: Randy Larsen

The Whopper was a great burger back in the day. The grills are all gone. I prefer a local diner with a working grill and fresh meat. I pay the same for a burger.


45 posted on 03/19/2012 8:52:08 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Altariel

Butter burgers are good.


46 posted on 03/19/2012 8:52:15 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I have to say, Wendy’s really does appear to have stepped up its game with its new burgers, other sandwiches and milkshakes. Those new burgers are darn good.


47 posted on 03/19/2012 8:53:05 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: MinorityRepublican

How long and how much does it take to make your own burger? Geez?!


48 posted on 03/19/2012 8:53:29 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: ConservativeTeen
Their frys do suck. I could do with some Wendys chili to dunk them in ☺
49 posted on 03/19/2012 8:53:54 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: MinorityRepublican

It’s the Frosties.


50 posted on 03/19/2012 8:54:50 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (If my candidate doesn't win the nomination I'm going to kick my feet, cry like a baby, and stay home)
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