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NRN editors discuss RBI earnings and that viral Popeyes chicken sandwich

Plus, an interview with Amy Alarcon, vice president of culinary innovation at Popeyes, and a video with the NRN editors


This week on the Extra Serving podcast, a production of Nation’s Restaurant News’ Last Bite Network, NRN editors Holly Petre, Sam Oches and Bret Thorn discussed Popeyes’ year-over-year sales decline after an epic 2020.

“Even though the headline is that their sales were down, I have to imagine they’re not too disappointed because it seems like there were a lot of external factors like labor that’s primarily at fault here,” Oches said on the podcast.

The team, meeting in person at NRN’s New York City headquarters, sampled the famous chicken sandwich (as seen below on video) and discussed its merits while also analyzing Popeyes’ massive 2020 in comparison to 2021 following the brand’s fourth quarter earnings.

The big headline from all of Restaurant Brands International’s earnings, however, was that Burger King is raising menu prices. The team discusses how rising menu prices at quick-service versus fast-casual restaurants during this time of inflation will impact customer expectations for these segments.

Plus, Thorn interviewed Amy Alarcon, the vice president of culinary innovation at Popeyes about that sandwich and new menu innovations at the chicken chain.


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