food chains going ‘natural’ to lure Millennials
After years of servingmeals quick and cheap, fast food chains are having to turn to a new tactic in hopes of luring Millennial customers: going natural.
The latest example came Wednesday as Hardee’s andCarl’s Jr. announced new chicken breasts for its sandwiches that are “natural” because they don’t have any artificial preservatives or additives. The dual chain, operated by CKE Restaurants http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ Holdings, already has natural turkey burgers and a line of all natural hamurgers.
In March, McDonald’s said it was testing new Chicken McNuggets in Portland, Ore., that lack artificial preservatives, flavors or colors. McDonald’s is also testing fresh, not frozen, hamburger patties in some Dallas locations.
And both have watched as Chipotle Mexican Grill has grown, appealing to younger customers with a formula pushing natural ingredients and no non therapeutic antibiotics or synthetic hormones in its meats.
For Hardee’s and sister chain Carl’s, the movement has represented a turnabout in the desires ofits core customers, men ages 18 to 34 who are among the most frequent customers of fast food chains, says Brad Haley, the chain’s chief marketing officer.
Young men’s biggest goal “used to be a lot of food for the money,” he says. “Now, they are more concerned about what they put in their bodies than ever before.”
The generation has, he points out, more vegetarians than in the past, not a great developmentfor hamburger driven chains cheap jerseys like Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.
Younger men in the target demographicvisit fast food chains 11 times a month, more than any other group, and spend more on their meals, according to Haley. In the past, Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. havelured them with TV ads that played to images of hulking burgers with a dash of sex appeal whether it was sexymodels or, in one ad, Paris Hilton at the height of her fame, strugglingto devour the monster burgers.
Now, Haleysays, young men are “just as interested in all natural or minimally processed food as the total population, which does mark a change from previous years when younger guys were less interested in those things.”.