Wendy's new french fries are designed for drive-thrus

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Business Insider 27 August, 2021 - 01:46pm 60 views

Did Wendy's change their fries?

Those fries have been on the menu ever since — but that's about to change. On Thursday, Wendy's announced that it would be shaking up its fries again, so to speak. The new French fries have been redesigned to stay hot and crispy for up to 30 minutes after being taken out of the fryer and placed into a cardboard carton. Food & WineWendy's Is Changing Its French Fries to Stay Crispier Longer

The new Hot and Crispy fries were designed specifically to hold up better for drive-thru and takeout customers. To get the final product, Wendy's tested more than 20 different shapes before reaching the winning design. The thicker side is made to keep heat in, while the thinner side stays crisp. The new shape is also able to withstand dipping in sauces or a frosty, Wendy's said.

Wendy's last updated in 2010 to add sea salt. 

"This is probably the most complex project I've worked on in my entire career. We took the route that was harder – but it was the right one for us. We were able to deliver a crispier fry, that is preferred nearly 2:1 over our biggest competitor McDonald's," Wendy's VP of culinary innovations John Li said in a release.

The increase in drive-thru and delivery demand "accelerated the need for a better and more dependable fry," Wendy's said. Drive-thrus in particular exploded over the last 18 months as dining rooms closed and chains relied on other ways to serve customers. Typically, drive-thrus account for 70% of sales at fast-food chains. But in 2020 chains like Wendy's and McDonald's said it was closer to 90%. 

The COVID-19 pandemic and its variants are still ongoing, but many places in the US have attempted to return to normal life. The reign of drive-thrus is nowhere near over, though, as McDonald's, Starbucks, and Taco Bell all emphasized how crucial they are to business in just the last few weeks.

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Wendy's Giving Soggy Fries An Upgrade

ComicBook.com 27 August, 2021 - 07:10pm

This Fast Food Giant's Fries Are About to Be Transformed

Newser 27 August, 2021 - 02:02pm

(Newser) – In recent taste tests, Wendy's french fries have done ... OK, but not great. Those mediocre rankings may soon change, as the fast-food chain has announced it's bestowing upon its fries what CNN Business calls "a makeover for the COVID era." Wendy's President Kurt Kane revealed to the outlet that the company has spent the last four years doing a deep dive into how to vanquish the "cold, soggy fries" conundrum, experimenting with nearly two dozen different potato cuts and batter-and-fry processes until hitting upon a system that keeps fries warmer and crispier than in the past.

"What we've done is balance the cut of the fry and kept a little bit of the skin of the potato on the fry to be able to drive flavor," Kane says, adding that the fries will also now be more fully submerged in oil using new, shorter fry baskets. Emily Kessler, one of Wendy's senior culinary specialists, elaborates on the design, calling it a "cut above" others. "One side is built with a thicker side ... for heat retention, while the other side is thinner, and that's really to enhance crispiness," she said in a Thursday presser, per Nation's Restaurant News.

Kessler adds the enhanced fries also will get a "whisper" of coating to aid with crispiness. The effort to keep fries in tip-top shape for longer has become increasingly important during the pandemic. Although consumers who acquire their fries via takeout or the drive-thru often start munching on them right away, those who get them via delivery services like DoorDash and Grubhub might not get to sample the wares for a while after they're made, "and Wendy’s wants to prevent soggy food disasters," notes the Takeout.

The last time Wendy's put its fries through a design overhaul was more than a decade ago, when in 2010 it decided to leave the skin on its potato slivers and sprinkle them with sea salt. Before that, it had used the same fry recipe since its opening in 1969. The improved fries will be fully available in the US by the middle of next month. "They're going to notice a difference as soon as they taste it," Kane tells CNN, which notes a recent taste test had hungry participants choosing Wendy's new fries over McDonald's by a two-to-one margin. "The proof will be in the tasting." (Read more Wendy's stories.)

Wendy's debuts new French fry recipe so fries won't get soggy

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Fox Business Briefs: Wendy's says its beef supply has returned to near-normal levels after a shortage left some restaurants without hamburgers.

Wendy’s has a tall order in mind for soggy French fries. 

The Ohio-based chain created a French fry designed specifically to stay crispy post-drive thru, the chain announced Friday.

Its Hot & Crispy Fry is launching nationwide in the U.S. and globally this fall. The fries will be cut and coated with batter said to hold for up to 30 minutes after customers order.

Wendy’s says its new fries will stay fresh longer and retain their crispiness. 

"These fries are a cut above the rest – literally. One side is built for heat retention, and the other for crispiness," Emily Kessler, senior specialist of culinary and innovation for the chain, said in a statement. 

The chain also announced its new Big Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger made with crispy onions, cheddar cheese spread and a cheddar bun. 

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Wendy's is launching a new french fry that holds up better for drive-thru and delivery orders

WBNS 10TV 27 August, 2021 - 12:00am

The new Hot and Crispy fries were designed specifically to hold up better for drive-thru and takeout customers. To get the final product, Wendy's tested more than 20 different shapes before reaching the winning design. The thicker side is made to keep heat in, while the thinner side stays crisp. The new shape is also able to withstand dipping in sauces or a frosty, Wendy's said.

Wendy's last updated in 2010 to add sea salt. 

"This is probably the most complex project I've worked on in my entire career. We took the route that was harder – but it was the right one for us. We were able to deliver a crispier fry, that is preferred nearly 2:1 over our biggest competitor McDonald's," Wendy's VP of culinary innovations John Li said in a release.

The increase in drive-thru and delivery demand "accelerated the need for a better and more dependable fry," Wendy's said. Drive-thrus in particular exploded over the last 18 months as dining rooms closed and chains relied on other ways to serve customers. Typically, drive-thrus account for 70% of sales at fast-food chains. But in 2020 chains like Wendy's and McDonald's said it was closer to 90%. 

The COVID-19 pandemic and its variants are still ongoing, but many places in the US have attempted to return to normal life. The reign of drive-thrus is nowhere near over, though, as McDonald's, Starbucks, and Taco Bell all emphasized how crucial they are to business in just the last few weeks.

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