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The DeLonghi BAR32 for Your Home

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Do you enjoy drinking espressos each day? If so, then you should avoid going to the coffee shop every single day and paying a high price per espresso when you can have your own espresso machine at home. A lot of people have been holding off on an espresso machine for their home, because they feel that espresso machines are very expensive and a lavish expense. This is no longer a fact. Espresso machines are cheaper now than they have ever been. You can get some great quality espresso machines for less than $100. A good example of this is the DeLonghi BAR32 espresso machine.

The DeLonghi BAR32 espresso maker is a great machine to own in your home, because it has a really nice look as a retro-styled machine. It will look great in your kitchen. It’s also a really good espresso machine. It is capable of providing up to 15 bar of pressure, which provides really good extraction from the bean.

Bk Creates a Lower Calorie French Fry

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Burger King has introduced a new product in its menu that is aimed at “healthier” eating. The new item, a lower calorie serving of french fries, is being advertised as a lower-calorie and less fat alternative.

The new side item has been named “Satisfries,” and the french fries are an old-fashioned crinkle cut. This strays away from the “natural” look so many chains, such as competitor Wendy’s, have been aiming for in recent years.

How Satisfries are made?

You might be wondering how the burger chain’s new french fries are able to be lower in fat and calories. According to media reports, Burger King’s new fries have a different kind of coating than its regular fries. The coating is “designed to be less porous and absorb less oil”, reported Business Week.

What about the regular french fries?

Burger King reportedly has no intentions of removing its other “fattier” fries from its menus. The two recipes will be made simultaneously to give consumers different choices. Media reports note the ingredients are essentially the same, they’ve just been tweaked a bit in order to allow the fries to be less fattening. BK, however, is not sharing the details on how the chain has accomplished this method.

“Small changes create a big impact,” said Alex Macedo, president of Burger King North America, according to USA Today. “This will grow, just like diet soda grew over time.”

Nutrition information

Nutrition information for Satisfries has been published by Burger King in its announcement. A medium-sized order of fries will have 340 calories, 14 grams of fat (saturated fat 2 grams and trans fat 0 grams), 4 grams of protein, 51 grams for carbohydrates, and 370 mg of sodium. According to Burger King, the new french fries have 40 percent less fat and 30 percent less calories than the standard fries.

Priced about 20 cents to 30 cents higher than the chain’s classic fries, Satisfries made its debut in Burger King restaurants on Sept. 24, 2013. The fries will be sold in all Burger Kings in North America.

While the fat and calories of the fries are lower than the Miami-based chain’s classic fries, it should not be mistaken as a “healthy” option for a side item choice when making selections. When it comes down to it, the new menu item is still deep fried.

Will the market become “satisfried”?

Burger King is betting the product will take off and that consumers will be willing to shell out a few extra cents to buy the fries with lower calories. Their stance seems to be that customers are not going to buy veggies and dip, they want the fries.

“You live in Manhattan and might be having a kale smoothie on your way to work this morning,” said Eric Hirschhorn, chief marketing officer for Burger King, according to the New York Times. “But a lot of people don’t even know what kale is, and if they do, they don’t want to eat it. You have to give people what they want.”

Currently, Burger King sits at #3 in terms of fast food restaurants. McDonald’s and Wendy’s hold the #1 and #2 places respectively. Wendy’s slid into the #2 spot last year.

Chick-fil-A is the new retail chicken king

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Chick-fil-A has surpassed its largest competitor in the retail chicken market with a sales eclipse. According to data cited by Bloomberg-Businessweek, Chick-fil-A finished the 2013 fiscal year with revenue that was $78 million higher than KFC’s. Moreover, KFCs 2013 revenue was $4.22 billion, whereas Chick-fil-A’s was $5 billion, and sales of around $3.2 million per store eclipsed KFC’s $938,000 average store revenue. This change in the retail chicken market also shows a drop in KFCs annual sales along with a rise in Chick-fil-A’s.

Although companies such as KFC and Chick-fil-A do not occupy the top positions for U.S fast food chains, they are within the top 10 per QSR magazine. Moreover, 2011 data put KFC in the lead with $4.5 billion in sales and Chick-fil-A next in line with $4.05 billion in revenue. In the U.S., Chick-fil-A operates or licenses less than half the retail locations that KFC does. A clue to Chick-fil-A’s success is its target marketing. Chick-fil-A’s branding includes being closed on Sunday per Ad Week. This appears to be a religiously-motivated decision that could appeal to its largely Southern demographic.

Unlike KFC, Chick-fil-A is a privately owned company. This means the corporation does not have to grant public access to financial statements, quarterly reports and the like. The company lists its “secrets to success” on its media web page, and they include: a focus on quality over growth, attention to balanced nutrition and brand building, among other things. Whether or not Chick-fil-A can attribute its new top spot to its combined “secrets to success” is a qualitative evaluation. However, the business’ dedication to customer service and quality make it a market game changer.

KFC is owned by Yum! Brands Inc., a large multi-national and publicly traded company. In fiscal year 2013, the Yum Brand’s net cash flow from investment activities was $886 million, some of which is linked to the development of its overseas vs. U.S. market. Moreover, the company’s 2013 10-K report states the following:

“KFC operates in 118 countries and territories throughout the world.  As of year end 2013, KFC had 4,563 units in China, 9,460 units in YRI, 4,491 units in the U.S. and 361 units in India. Approximately 78 percent of the China units, 11 percent of the YRI units, 5 percent of the U.S. units and 47 percent of the India units are Company-owned.”

Despite Yum! Brands’ global strategy, its 2013 total sales were $11.18 billion, down 5.5 percent or $649 million from the previous year. Yum! Brands owns and operates both KFC and Pizza Hut locations around the world and also franchises them out.

The Chick-fil-A story indicates that international marketing and more franchises open for more hours do not necessarily mean more sales. Since both KFC and Chick-fil-A are in the same market and have similar products, the advance of Chick-fil-A demonstrates that marketing prowess and dedication to its unique branding is effective in competition against larger firms with higher capitalization and greater available resources. In an industry where technological innovation is not a top priority, a core strategy that involves quality service is a potentially prosperous marketing objective.

Best Steakhouses in Scottsdale Arizona

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Scottsdale, Arizona is known for its great selection of restaurants and has some of the best steak houses in the valley.

Reata Pass Steak House located at 27500 North Alma School Road offers a funky cowpoke Catina atmosphere and has been cooking up one of the best steaks since the 1950’s. Along with steak comes their excellent salads, baked potato’s, squishy rolls and baked beans. Look for mesquite grilled slabs of juicy beef such as their 14 ounce New York strip or the house signature cut of a two pound T-bone. It maintains portions of the once stage road of the1880’s which was a stop on the way to Fort McDowell and Prescott. They can be reached by calling 480-585-7277.

The T-Bone Steak House located at 10037 South 19th Avenue is best known for its cowboy steak of a one pound juicy T-Bone with enormous portions of salad, beans and dinner rolls. The views are great here as well as a draw for tourists. They can be reached at 602-276-0945.

Ruth Chris Steak House all began on Broad Street in New Orleans and celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2005. Ruth Fertel was the founder of the steak house. Ruth Chris Steak House provides guests with a comfortable and warm atmosphere and is located at 7001 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 290. They can be reached by calling 480-991-5988. They are open Monday through Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m, Monday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Ruth serves up the most tender cut of corn-fed Midwestern beef in Scottsdale. Look for their Petite Fillet and salads such as their sliced  tomato and onion speciality that comes with a beefsteak tomato on a medley of lettuce and topped with red sliced onions, vinaigrette and blue cheese crumbles. Try their steak house salad of romaine and baby lettuce with cherry  tomatoes, garlic croutons and red onions or their Caesar fresh romaine heart salad tossed with Romano cheese and a creamy secret dressing.

Don and Charley’s has been a long time favorite in Scottsdale since the early 1960’s. They can be reached by calling 480-990-0900. The address is 7501 East Camelback Road.

Maestros Steak House is located at 8852 East Pinnacle Peak Road is best known for their appetizers of caviar, lobster cocktails and oyster Rockefeller. Along with their tantalizing appetizers look for their 48 ounce double porterhouse steak and signature warm butter cake. They can be reached by calling 480-585-9500.