MIAMI, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–June 20, 2003–Burger King Corporation today announced the launch of the GREAT AMERICAN BURGER(TM), a new Fire-Grilled sandwich that meets the growing demand among consumers for high-quality, “best in the business” burgers. The GREAT AMERICAN BURGER(TM) sets a higher standard of quality, freshness and taste and is available at participating BURGER KING(R) restaurants nationwide from June 29th through July 27th.
“The BURGER KING(R) vision is to delight our guests with the best burgers in the business and a variety of great tasting, healthier foods that are cooked over an open fire,” said Brad Blum, chief executive officer, Burger King Corporation. “Cooking products over an open fire is a meaningful difference to consumers and one they can taste. That’s our Fire-Grilled Advantage. Consumers are telling us they are eager to try new types and tastes of food cooked over fire at BURGER KING(R) and that’s just what we’re going to deliver. Our guests can expect to find menu innovation and leadership that reflects this commitment in our restaurants beginning later this summer.”
Research indicates that the majority of consumers, almost six to one, prefer their hamburgers flame-broiled to other cooking methods(1). Consumers have also subsequently told us that ‘Fire-Grilled’ is a more relevant way to talk about these benefits. They tell us that Fire-Grilling brings out the flavor naturally, results in distinctive, better tasting food and is a preferred way to cook. Hamburgers are the single most popular main dish item sold across all restaurants today(2). Hamburgers are also the most popular items to cook at home on the grill(3), and grilling outdoors is the most popular form of home entertaining(4). With the launch of the GREAT AMERICAN BURGER(TM), Burger King Corporation celebrates America’s passion for grilling since more than three-quarters of U.S. households own an outdoor grill(5).
“Consumers are shifting from a price-value relationship to a price-quality relationship and, as a result, are demanding fresher, higher quality food that’s preferably Fire-Grilled,” said Glad Markunas, senior vice president, Consumer Insights and Strategic Branding, Burger King Corporation. “With the introduction of the GREAT AMERICAN BURGER(TM), we are taking a chapter right out of backyard grilling and providing our guests with the next best thing to home-grilled food.”
A New Fire-Grilled Favorite
The GREAT AMERICAN BURGER(TM) is the juiciest burger ever at BURGER KING(R) restaurants. It uniquely brings together the right blend of ingredients – freshly made split-top bakery-style bun, two slices of tomatoes, crisp cap leaf lettuce, ketchup, seasoned mustard, sliced onions, a quarter pound fire-grilled beef patty, topped with two slices of American cheese and four half slices of premium pepper bacon.
The GREAT AMERICAN BURGER(TM) is supported by in-restaurant merchandising, as well as television and radio advertising. One television ad, which begins on air Monday, June 30th, features a familiar scene of grilling in the backyard that everyone will be able to relate to in their own way. It is an ad that evokes those special, and sometimes humorous, memorable moments gathering around the grill with friends and family.
About Burger King Corporation
Burger King Corporation and its franchisees operate more than 11,350 restaurants in all 50 states and in 58 countries and territories around the world. Ninety-one percent of BURGER KING(R) restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees. Since the company’s founding in Miami in 1954, the BURGER KING(R) brand has offered consumers the advantages of Fire-Grilled food known to bring out the flavor of ingredients naturally, creating a preferred product.
The Company’s vision is to, “provide its guests with the best burgers and a variety of great tasting, healthier foods that are cooked over an open fire.” In fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, BURGER KING(R) had system-wide sales of $11.3 billion. Burger King Corporation is owned by an equity sponsor group comprised of Texas Pacific Group, Bain Capital and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners. To learn more about BURGER KING(R), please visit the company’s website at http://www.burgerking.com.
(1) Source: National Adult Tracking through March 2000 + General Market
(2) Source: NPD CREST
(3) Source: Hearth, Patio & Barbeques Association
(4) Source: Woodbridge Vintage Barrel Chips Association.
(5) Source: Woodbridge Vintage Barrel Chips Association.
Burger King Brands, Inc., Miami
Rob Doughty, 305/378-7277