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(FBN)   To fight midlife crisis, Arby's shows new spirit of adventurousness, experimenting with more than 1,000 menu items annually, relying on Limited Time Offers, and focusing on fun flavors and "protein exploration"   ( foodbusinessnews.net) divider line
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2018-04-22 01:17:03 PM  
"What are two words you should never put on an application to be a Scoutmaster, Alex?"
 
2018-04-22 01:27:16 PM  
"Protein exploration"? So it's a GOP outreach program?
 
2018-04-22 01:35:06 PM  
I would've liked to have tried the venison sandwich, but it was such an extremely limited release, and even in the restaurants where it was released available in such small amounts, that you pretty much had to cut work and stand in front of Arby's in the morning to get one.

Make it available nationwide for a month and I'll happily dine at your place.
 
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2018-04-22 01:43:16 PM  
I originally read that as "Limited Time Otters".

/Probably edible with Horsey Sauce.
 
2018-04-22 01:43:48 PM  
Hadn't been to Arby's in quite some time, but Mrs. Staffist recently brought home some Arby's fish sandwiches one Friday afternoon during Lent.  They were very good. Especially the 'Nashville Hot' preparation.
 
2018-04-22 01:45:21 PM  

Farking Clown Shoes: "Protein exploration"? So it's a GOP outreach program?


It's a job that requires a hand in helping others.
 
2018-04-22 01:56:31 PM  

Staffist: Hadn't been to Arby's in quite some time, but Mrs. Staffist recently brought home some Arby's fish sandwiches one Friday afternoon during Lent.  They were very good. Especially the 'Nashville Hot' preparation.


Shame it's only for this lent.would be great on chicken or fries.
 
2018-04-22 03:12:23 PM  
I thought Arby's went the way of Burger Chef and had just a handful of locations left.
 I do see they have one next to the injun casino 40 miles north of San Francisco maybe I'll give it a try.
 
2018-04-22 04:37:27 PM  
Penis.
 
2018-04-22 04:48:17 PM  
I always liked those potato cake triangle shaped things.  Far superior to a McDonald's Hashbrown.
 
2018-04-22 05:18:15 PM  
Everything is for a limited time.
 
2018-04-22 05:19:08 PM  
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2018-04-22 05:42:37 PM  

borg: I thought Arby's went the way of Burger Chef and had just a handful of locations left.
 I do see they have one next to the injun casino 40 miles north of San Francisco maybe I'll give it a try.


In my city, only McDonalds, Subway and Starbucks outnumber it.
 
2018-04-22 05:43:41 PM  

borg: I thought Arby's went the way of Burger Chef and had just a handful of locations left.
 I do see they have one next to the injun casino 40 miles north of San Francisco maybe I'll give it a try.


This is what I thought too. It turns out that there are just none in Toronto for some reason.
 
2018-04-22 05:49:31 PM  
If they would give me the option to add cheddar sauce and onion roll bun to every menu item, I would eat every freaking meal there.  Those beef and cheddars on the onion roll are like crack.
 
2018-04-22 06:18:43 PM  
 
2018-04-22 06:22:50 PM  
I love Arby's, but the one nearest me has been renovating their dining room over the past couple of months, but has the drive-thru has remained open. However, I was given a rude surprise the last time I went through and found that they changed from Pepsi products to Coke.
I ordered my customary Mt Dew and they asked "Is Mellow Yellow okay?" I literally yell "Fark no! What the hell happened to my Mt Dew??" They then politely informed me that they now serve Coke. Had I not been craving a Beef n Chedar, I would've said to forget the whole order, but decided better of it and then informed the workers that I would be driving to the other Arby's on the other side of town from now on.

/Rant over
//Corps shouldn't be able to switch sides like that without notification and some sort of annoucement in the paper
///Fark Coke products, all of them.
 
2018-04-22 06:32:48 PM  
So this is the perfect time to approach Arby's with a plan for invasive animal abatement.

Wild boar burgers. Nutria hotdogs. Zebra mussel chowder. Asian carp fries.
 
2018-04-22 06:37:00 PM  

borg: I thought Arby's went the way of Burger Chef and had just a handful of locations left.
 I do see they have one next to the injun casino 40 miles north of San Francisco maybe I'll give it a try.


They have enough money to remodel a bunch of their stores and have Ving Rhames narrate their ads.

/YOO-RO
 
2018-04-22 06:51:34 PM  
Arby's seems to be doing well , really well, they have 3,358 stores and expected to hit the 4 billion dollars in sales this year. Also the only fast food company to have over 17 quarters in a row of same store sales growth-I have not eaten there in years, but everyone I know who does says they improved alot in the past
5-6 years. I will one day try their Meat Mountain, seen a number of reviews and all say it is great-though huge of course.
 
2018-04-22 07:01:03 PM  

logieal: I love Arby's, but the one nearest me has been renovating their dining room over the past couple of months, but has the drive-thru has remained open. However, I was given a rude surprise the last time I went through and found that they changed from Pepsi products to Coke.
I ordered my customary Mt Dew and they asked "Is Mellow Yellow okay?" I literally yell "Fark no! What the hell happened to my Mt Dew??" They then politely informed me that they now serve Coke. Had I not been craving a Beef n Chedar, I would've said to forget the whole order, but decided better of it and then informed the workers that I would be driving to the other Arby's on the other side of town from now on.

/Rant over
//Corps shouldn't be able to switch sides like that without notification and some sort of annoucement in the paper
///Fark Coke products, all of them.


Just order a coke and ask for some sweet and low to put into it.
 
2018-04-22 07:10:36 PM  
logieal: ... they changed from Pepsi products to Coke.
...

Meh.  You can get those carbonated high-fructose beverages everywhere.  The Jamocha shake is at least unique to Arbys.

/we've mostly stopped drinking soda everywhere too
 
2018-04-22 07:21:47 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: I would've liked to have tried the venison sandwich, but it was such an extremely limited release, and even in the restaurants where it was released available in such small amounts, that you pretty much had to cut work and stand in front of Arby's in the morning to get one.

Make it available nationwide for a month and I'll happily dine at your place.


There's certainly enough deer to attempt such an experiment.

borg: I thought Arby's went the way of Burger Chef and had just a handful of locations left.
 I do see they have one next to the injun casino 40 miles north of San Francisco maybe I'll give it a try.


I think Roy Rogers is one of the more rare chains that still operates. On the east coast, there's plenty of Arby's. Not a ton, but a plenty. None near me of course.

Up the road a bit is the old joke, "Here's a McDonald's. And two blocks east is another McDonald's."

There's some helluva good food chains exclusively in niche areas like the midwest. Like they own their own ranches so the beef is legit. Some things you really can't get in blue country (add proper BBQ to that list).
 
2018-04-22 07:24:33 PM  

borg: I thought Arby's went the way of Burger Chef and had just a handful of locations left.
 I do see they have one next to the injun casino 40 miles north of San Francisco maybe I'll give it a try.


Nope, they're actually doing really well lately.

And I can see why. Their food is delicious. French dip and curly fries is amazing
 
2018-04-22 07:30:51 PM  
Fark you, subby. Now you have me missing Arby's.

/Only one Arby's in my city
//An hour away by bus
 
2018-04-22 07:33:23 PM  
Pralines and dick?
 
2018-04-22 07:35:44 PM  
I made a major change in my diet some years ago. I guess the trending term for it is "eating clean." No, I don't eat at Panera. I just quit eating out and eating most highly processed foods with lots of added ingredients and did the food pyramid thing. It took a while, I lost my taste for savory fatty fast foods. The only thing I really crave still is ice cream. Is there anything better than premium ice cream?

Eating really well where the taste and quality is still satisfying is time consuming and expensive. The bulk of my food budget is for "Whole Foods" quality produce, dairy, and eggs. Most people really can't afford that until. Gardens and a few hens can really help (hens lay eggs, fertilize, and eat bugs), but are time consuming and require proper land. Until we can address that, we're going to have an unhealthy population. Arby's isn't helping by trying to make eating highly processed meats cool.
 
2018-04-22 07:42:04 PM  

Harry_Seldon: I made a major change in my diet some years ago. I guess the trending term for it is "eating clean." No, I don't eat at Panera. I just quit eating out and eating most highly processed foods with lots of added ingredients and did the food pyramid thing. It took a while, I lost my taste for savory fatty fast foods. The only thing I really crave still is ice cream. Is there anything better than premium ice cream?

Eating really well where the taste and quality is still satisfying is time consuming and expensive. The bulk of my food budget is for "Whole Foods" quality produce, dairy, and eggs. Most people really can't afford that until. Gardens and a few hens can really help (hens lay eggs, fertilize, and eat bugs), but are time consuming and require proper land. Until we can address that, we're going to have an unhealthy population. Arby's isn't helping by trying to make eating highly processed meats cool.


Moderation is key for anything
 
2018-04-22 07:45:59 PM  
The thing about Arbys is they make a decent fast food roast beef sandwich, good fries, and jamocha shakes. The other thing about Arby's is they try to do everything else too.

Stick to what you do best, Arby's.

Don't be like McDonalds pizza, Hardee's hot dogs, or New Coke. Just sell me a roast beef and curly fries at a decent price.
 
2018-04-22 07:48:21 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: I would've liked to have tried the venison sandwich, but it was such an extremely limited release, and even in the restaurants where it was released available in such small amounts, that you pretty much had to cut work and stand in front of Arby's in the morning to get one.

Make it available nationwide for a month and I'll happily dine at your place.


I hit two Arby's, and managed to score four venison sandwiches, one for everyone in the family.  You were limited to two sandwiches per customer per store.

The two from my favorite Arby's, where the service is good and the crew know what they're doing, were heavenly.

The two from the other Arby's, where I knew the crew was less on the ball, were overcooked and tough.  Not *bad*, but thanks to the other store, I knew they could be much more.  If I had only tried the second store, I would not be in a hurry to try them again.

Know your local outlets.
 
2018-04-22 08:06:14 PM  

casual disregard: TuteTibiImperes: I would've liked to have tried the venison sandwich, but it was such an extremely limited release, and even in the restaurants where it was released available in such small amounts, that you pretty much had to cut work and stand in front of Arby's in the morning to get one.

Make it available nationwide for a month and I'll happily dine at your place.

There's certainly enough deer to attempt such an experiment.borg: I thought Arby's went the way of Burger Chef and had just a handful of locations left.
 I do see they have one next to the injun casino 40 miles north of San Francisco maybe I'll give it a try.

I think Roy Rogers is one of the more rare chains that still operates. On the east coast, there's plenty of Arby's. Not a ton, but a plenty. None near me of course.

Up the road a bit is the old joke, "Here's a McDonald's. And two blocks east is another McDonald's."

There's some helluva good food chains exclusively in niche areas like the midwest. Like they own their own ranches so the beef is legit. Some things you really can't get in blue country (add proper BBQ to that list).


I thought Roy Rogers only existed at highway rest stops anymore.  There used to be one on Main St in the town where I grew up.  I think that block was razed and is condos now.
 
2018-04-22 08:10:23 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: I thought Roy Rogers only existed at highway rest stops anymore.  There used to be one on Main St in the town where I grew up.  I think that block was razed and is condos now.


There's one I think still in Woodbridge and I know there's one here in Alexandria near where I live now in Virginia, been to it a few times (strip mall, not rest stop). This whole place is one big commuterville.
 
2018-04-22 08:23:56 PM  
"Protein Exploration" is the name of my Meatloaf/Cream/Bowling for Soup mashup cover band.
 
2018-04-22 08:36:43 PM  
They do have lamb gyro's at the local Arby's so there is that. I recommend.
(They could use a little bit more Tzatziki sauce and some feta)
 
2018-04-22 08:50:47 PM  
 
2018-04-22 09:20:23 PM  
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Protein exploration
 
2018-04-22 10:44:48 PM  
This is how old I am. I used to work at Arby's when their big new innovation was adding microwave ovens to the kitchens. That way they could make baked potatoes as part of the menu. Three different kinds. supreme, with sour cream, bacon, and chives, broccoli and cheese sauce, and my favorite, swiss cheese and mushrooms, with this buttery parmesan sauce.

Their chicken club's these days are pretty good, but it was a year or two ago I last had one.
 
2018-04-22 10:55:40 PM  

Harry_Seldon: I made a major change in my diet some years ago. I guess the trending term for it is "eating clean." No, I don't eat at Panera. I just quit eating out and eating most highly processed foods with lots of added ingredients and did the food pyramid thing. It took a while, I lost my taste for savory fatty fast foods. The only thing I really crave still is ice cream. Is there anything better than premium ice cream?

Eating really well where the taste and quality is still satisfying is time consuming and expensive. The bulk of my food budget is for "Whole Foods" quality produce, dairy, and eggs. Most people really can't afford that until. Gardens and a few hens can really help (hens lay eggs, fertilize, and eat bugs), but are time consuming and require proper land. Until we can address that, we're going to have an unhealthy population. Arby's isn't helping by trying to make eating highly processed meats cool.


Step 1: Realize that the food at While Foods doesn't actually taste better.
Step 2: Cut food budget in half.
Step 3: Stop whining about problems you created for yourself.
 
2018-04-22 10:59:01 PM  

machoprogrammer: Harry_Seldon: I made a major change in my diet some years ago. I guess the trending term for it is "eating clean." No, I don't eat at Panera. I just quit eating out and eating most highly processed foods with lots of added ingredients and did the food pyramid thing. It took a while, I lost my taste for savory fatty fast foods. The only thing I really crave still is ice cream. Is there anything better than premium ice cream?

Eating really well where the taste and quality is still satisfying is time consuming and expensive. The bulk of my food budget is for "Whole Foods" quality produce, dairy, and eggs. Most people really can't afford that until. Gardens and a few hens can really help (hens lay eggs, fertilize, and eat bugs), but are time consuming and require proper land. Until we can address that, we're going to have an unhealthy population. Arby's isn't helping by trying to make eating highly processed meats cool.

Moderation is key for anything


Food Scientists do everything they can to entice you to do everything but eat in moderation.
 
2018-04-22 11:17:00 PM  

monsatano: [crooksandliars.com image 550x312]
Jon Stewart Arby's Compilation

Arby's tribute at Jon's retirement from the show was touching. Basically, "We're not sure why, but we're gonna miss you."
 
2018-04-22 11:27:14 PM  
Their new slogan:

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2018-04-22 11:41:27 PM  
Ugh...I wish there were more Arby's in my area. Nearest one to my home is like a 20 minute drive, same with the location near my work. I love Arby's, but I'm not driving out of my way for fast food.
 
2018-04-22 11:45:06 PM  

logieal: I love Arby's, but the one nearest me has been renovating their dining room over the past couple of months, but has the drive-thru has remained open. However, I was given a rude surprise the last time I went through and found that they changed from Pepsi products to Coke.
I ordered my customary Mt Dew and they asked "Is Mellow Yellow okay?" I literally yell "Fark no! What the hell happened to my Mt Dew??" They then politely informed me that they now serve Coke. Had I not been craving a Beef n Chedar, I would've said to forget the whole order, but decided better of it and then informed the workers that I would be driving to the other Arby's on the other side of town from now on.

/Rant over
//Corps shouldn't be able to switch sides like that without notification and some sort of annoucement in the paper
///Fark Coke products, all of them.


I really hate how Coke forces their way into every restaurant and because of that I can hardly ever get a damn Mountain Dew when I'm eating out. Fark then with a rusty spoon.
 
2018-04-22 11:55:11 PM  
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2018-04-22 11:57:58 PM  

Mad_Radhu: logieal: I love Arby's, but the one nearest me has been renovating their dining room over the past couple of months, but has the drive-thru has remained open. However, I was given a rude surprise the last time I went through and found that they changed from Pepsi products to Coke.
I ordered my customary Mt Dew and they asked "Is Mellow Yellow okay?" I literally yell "Fark no! What the hell happened to my Mt Dew??" They then politely informed me that they now serve Coke. Had I not been craving a Beef n Chedar, I would've said to forget the whole order, but decided better of it and then informed the workers that I would be driving to the other Arby's on the other side of town from now on.

/Rant over
//Corps shouldn't be able to switch sides like that without notification and some sort of annoucement in the paper
///Fark Coke products, all of them.

I really hate how Coke forces their way into every restaurant and because of that I can hardly ever get a damn Mountain Dew when I'm eating out. Fark then with a rusty spoon.


I'll take the crab juice
 
2018-04-23 12:26:12 AM  

logieal: I love Arby's, but the one nearest me has been renovating their dining room over the past couple of months, but has the drive-thru has remained open. However, I was given a rude surprise the last time I went through and found that they changed from Pepsi products to Coke.
I ordered my customary Mt Dew and they asked "Is Mellow Yellow okay?" I literally yell "Fark no! What the hell happened to my Mt Dew??" They then politely informed me that they now serve Coke. Had I not been craving a Beef n Chedar, I would've said to forget the whole order, but decided better of it and then informed the workers that I would be driving to the other Arby's on the other side of town from now on.

/Rant over
//Corps shouldn't be able to switch sides like that without notification and some sort of annoucement in the paper
///Fark Coke products, all of them.


I'm the other way round. I quit ordering pizza and wings from a particular place because they dropped Coke products completely.

Oh my Coke. Oh my. Coke.
 
2018-04-23 12:40:51 AM  

thurstonxhowell: Harry_Seldon: I made a major change in my diet some years ago. I guess the trending term for it is "eating clean." No, I don't eat at Panera. I just quit eating out and eating most highly processed foods with lots of added ingredients and did the food pyramid thing. It took a while, I lost my taste for savory fatty fast foods. The only thing I really crave still is ice cream. Is there anything better than premium ice cream?

Eating really well where the taste and quality is still satisfying is time consuming and expensive. The bulk of my food budget is for "Whole Foods" quality produce, dairy, and eggs. Most people really can't afford that until. Gardens and a few hens can really help (hens lay eggs, fertilize, and eat bugs), but are time consuming and require proper land. Until we can address that, we're going to have an unhealthy population. Arby's isn't helping by trying to make eating highly processed meats cool.

Step 1: Realize that the food at While Foods doesn't actually taste better.
Step 2: Cut food budget in half.
Step 3: Stop whining about problems you created for yourself.



1. I didn't say I shopped at Whole Foods. I don't.
2. I can more than afford it without even thinking of the cost.
3. I didn't create the factory farming system and farm subsidy system that incentivizes cheap empty calories.
4. You sound fat.
 
2018-04-23 01:28:10 AM  

Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: logieal: I love Arby's, but the one nearest me has been renovating their dining room over the past couple of months, but has the drive-thru has remained open. However, I was given a rude surprise the last time I went through and found that they changed from Pepsi products to Coke.
I ordered my customary Mt Dew and they asked "Is Mellow Yellow okay?" I literally yell "Fark no! What the hell happened to my Mt Dew??" They then politely informed me that they now serve Coke. Had I not been craving a Beef n Chedar, I would've said to forget the whole order, but decided better of it and then informed the workers that I would be driving to the other Arby's on the other side of town from now on.

/Rant over
//Corps shouldn't be able to switch sides like that without notification and some sort of annoucement in the paper
///Fark Coke products, all of them.

I'm the other way round. I quit ordering pizza and wings from a particular place because they dropped Coke products completely.

Oh my Coke. Oh my. Coke.


You and I are now fighting.
 
2018-04-23 01:37:17 AM  

logieal: Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: logieal: I love Arby's, but the one nearest me has been renovating their dining room over the past couple of months, but has the drive-thru has remained open. However, I was given a rude surprise the last time I went through and found that they changed from Pepsi products to Coke.
I ordered my customary Mt Dew and they asked "Is Mellow Yellow okay?" I literally yell "Fark no! What the hell happened to my Mt Dew??" They then politely informed me that they now serve Coke. Had I not been craving a Beef n Chedar, I would've said to forget the whole order, but decided better of it and then informed the workers that I would be driving to the other Arby's on the other side of town from now on.

/Rant over
//Corps shouldn't be able to switch sides like that without notification and some sort of annoucement in the paper
///Fark Coke products, all of them.

I'm the other way round. I quit ordering pizza and wings from a particular place because they dropped Coke products completely.

Oh my Coke. Oh my. Coke.

You and I are now fighting.


Guys, guys!  Calm down!

As Milo Bloom said to Binkley (or was it the other way around), "Can we at least agree that both taste like malted battery acid?"
 
2018-04-23 02:24:27 AM  

Harry_Seldon: machoprogrammer: Harry_Seldon: I made a major change in my diet some years ago. I guess the trending term for it is "eating clean." No, I don't eat at Panera. I just quit eating out and eating most highly processed foods with lots of added ingredients and did the food pyramid thing. It took a while, I lost my taste for savory fatty fast foods. The only thing I really crave still is ice cream. Is there anything better than premium ice cream?

Eating really well where the taste and quality is still satisfying is time consuming and expensive. The bulk of my food budget is for "Whole Foods" quality produce, dairy, and eggs. Most people really can't afford that until. Gardens and a few hens can really help (hens lay eggs, fertilize, and eat bugs), but are time consuming and require proper land. Until we can address that, we're going to have an unhealthy population. Arby's isn't helping by trying to make eating highly processed meats cool.

Moderation is key for anything

Food Scientists do everything they can to entice you to do everything but eat in moderation.


My dad was a food chemist, head of R&D for a major corporation. He had his big breakthrough, patented all the ways it could be made for them and then they fired the whole department. For two years the only companies that he got offers from were tobacco companies looking to manipulate perfumes and dyes in food the way that they did nicotine levels. He'd have monthly meetings with the family where he'd go over the options available to him and what he'd be doing at each one. He talked about how such additives could be engineered to bypass the higher thinking parts of the brain and directly appeal to the reptilian level that operated on instinct and pure urges. Hit the nose and eyes just right as someone eats and you can literally program the crave response into them the next time they see the package. And they'd never understand why they were constantly buying and eating your snscks. A certain number of people would resist it but many people would not.

He told us it was, from an ethical and moral standpoint, as bad as the nicotine manipulations and lies that the same companies had told for years. But nobody was willing to hire a PhD with his resume; everyone wanted someone with a Masters and less ecperience because they were cheaper.

The rest of us would tell him every month that if he did not feel right about the work he'd be doing, the money was not worth it. If he could get a job somewhere making less money but that let him do the right thing then he should hold out for that. Eventually something would break his way.

Eventually he was hired by a small pharmaceutical who needed a PhD on staff to impress the FDA and he ended up retiring as the director of the state department of toxicology, straightening out a nightmare situation for them. So it had a happy ending.

But it's pretty clear that they did find people willing to do the work. All the gunky chips started coming out several years later. There had always been flavored chips but suddenly it became a lot harder to find plain individual serving bags because they were no longer the money makers.

It is one of my go to examples of how overmatched most consumers are when it comes to buying decisions. There's more than a century of consumer psychology studies that the companies learn from and it is not just about how to make a good advertisement. It is about creating compulsions that bypass rational thinking through sights, sounds, even temperatures and textures. Been a salesman myself, I know the tricks and In hope it helps me resist. But even then sometimes I'll be wondering "why the fark did I think this purchase was a good idea?" Or I'll end up regretting whatever crap food I ate on impulse.

It's farking scary how well it works.
 
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