Value menu

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Value menu hamburgers.
A selection of value-menu hamburgers from McDonald's, Burger King, Sonic Drive-In and Wendy's.

A value menu (not to be confused with a value meal) is a group of menu items at a fast food restaurant that are designed to be the least expensive items available. In the US, the items are usually priced between $0.99 and $1.49. The portion size, and/or number of items included with the food, are typically related to the price.

United States[edit | edit source]

Arby's[edit | edit source]

Arby's announced the launch of their value menu on April 9, 2010.[1] Items on the value menu vary based on location, but typically include small or value size roast beef sandwiches, curly fries, milkshakes, chicken sandwiches, ham and cheddar sandwiches, and turnovers.[2]

Burger King[edit | edit source]

Burger King added a value menu in 1998 with items priced at 99¢ (USD).[3] In 2002[4] and 2006, BK revamped its value menu, adding and removing products at 99¢, and later increasing some prices to $1.39.[5] Many of these items have since been discontinued, modified or relegated to a regional menu option.[6]

McDonald's[edit | edit source]

After numerous attempts beginning in 1991,[7] experimenting with a variety of menus and pricing strategies,[8] McDonald's launched its first national value menu, the Dollar Menu, in late 2002.[9]

Taco Bell[edit | edit source]

In 1988, Taco Bell lowered the prices of all new items and launched the first three-tiered pricing strategy and free drink refills.[10] In 2010, Taco Bell introduced the $2 Meal Deals menu, featuring a menu item (i.e., a chicken burrito, a beefy 5-layer burrito, a double decker taco, or a Gordita supreme), a bag of Doritos, and a medium drink.[11]

Wendy's[edit | edit source]

Wendy's is generally credited with being the first fast food chain to offer a value menu in October 1989, with every item priced at $0.99.[12][13][14]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. arbys.com. "New Arbys's Value Menu". arbys.com. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  2. "Burger King promotes new menu". South Florida Business Journal. August 12, 2002. Retrieved 2007-10-09.
  3. BKC publication (July 2007). "US Regional Menu Nutritional Brochure" (PDF). Burger King Holdings. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
  4. Richard Martin (January 7, 1991). "McDonald's kicks off value menu blitz". Nation's Restaurant News. Retrieved 2010-04-04.
  5. "McDonald's Spices Up Dollar Menu Price Attack". Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News. November 27, 2002. Retrieved 2010-04-04.
  6. "Our Company: History". tacobell.com. Retrieved 2007-02-05.
  7. "Taco Bell - $2 Meal Deals". tacobell.com. Retrieved 2011-12-05.
  8. wendys.com (February 5, 2007). "About Us: The Wendy's Story". wendys.com. Retrieved 2007-02-05.
  9. Stuart Elliot (February 6, 2006). "Wendy's Returns 99¢ to Its Place on the Price Pedestal". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2007-02-05.

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