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Food companies have been getting very creative with their product offerings in the hopes of spurring business.
Frito-Lay’s “Do Us a Flavor” contest was actually a search for a new potato chip flavor. It garnered over 3.8 million submissions and has led to three interesting new flavors: Cheesy Garlic Bread, Chicken and Waffles, and Sriracha. All three new flavors were released this week and, according to Fast Company, in May one of these flavors will become a permanent item on the Frito-Lay chip list. The person who submitted the idea for the flavor could win $1 million or more.
Another company that is planning to add a new item is Taco Bell. With the success of the nacho-flavored Doritos Locos taco, Taco Bell has now decided to add on the Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos. USA Today reports that the original Dorito Locos taco sold over 350 million in less than a year becoming the taco chain’s most successful product and one of the best selling items in fast food history.
Burger King is shaking up its menu as well, and teaming up with Seattle’s Best Coffee (owned by Starbucks) to expand its coffee product offerings to 10 and become a lager competitor with McDonalds’ McCafe menu. Joining forces with Seattle’s Best will gain more attention and credibility in the coffee space while reducing costs. The Wall Street Journal noted that Burger King is fighting to get to back to the number two fast food chain spot after being bumped out by Wendy’s.
The creation of new products and the addition of new items is just another sign of the times in the food industry. Many companies that offer high-calorie products have been experiencing a slowdown in sales as people become more health conscious.
Will you be giving any of these new flavors a try?
After 14 years in the restaurant business, Diddy is moving on to other endeavors. The mogul has closed his once wildly successful Buckhead restaurant “Justin’s” that specialized in Southern and Caribbean food.
“There was speculation that Justin’s was shut down for renovations and would reopen. Not. Once known for “Martini Mondays” and celebrity-filled weekend nights, Justin’s fell off in recent years and was unable to relocate its early magic.
Combs’ first Justin’s restaurant, in New York, closed after 10 years in 2007.
Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group (BBWEG), founded by Combs, said in a statement that Justin’s was closed in order to pursue “other business ventures in music, television, fashion, fragrance and spirits.” It added that is is “actively exploring business opportunities in Atlanta” and promises “to have a strong presence in the region.”
Diddy isn’t the only entertainer to have his restaurant close in recent years. Usher, Ludacris and Jermaine Dupri’s restaurants have all reached the same fate.
In fact, Gladys Knight’s and Ron Winan’s chicken and waffle joints make them the only entertainers left thriving in Atlanta’s restaurant industry.
This isn’t the first time this restaurant has made headlines. In 2009, the restaurant reportedly owed the IRS $8,000 dollars in back taxes. And last summer, Tony Austin (former A&R man for Def Jam and President of Russell Simmons Music Group) sued Diddy for “failing to maintain a safe environment” after Austin was shot multiple times in the restaurant’s parking lot in 2010. Sheesh!
No one likes to see a black-owned business fail, but we’re pretty sure Diddy isn’t hurting for money. Last year, Forbes magazine estimated his net worth at $500 million dollars, making him the richest figure in hip hop.
Have you ever visited Justin’s in Atlanta? Why do you think these entertainer-owned restaurants don’t survive in that city?
Alissa Henry is a freelance writer living in Columbus, OH follow her on Twitter @AlissaInPink