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Freezing weather knocks ‘T’ out of BLTs

Freezing weather across the South and Mexico recently damaged such crops as tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers, leading to shortages and price increases. It’s left some restaurants scrambling to revamp such staples as sandwiches and salads.

“It’s sort of like the perfect storm — Florida, Texas and Mexico all get hit with unseasonably cold weather, which decreased the yields of tomatoes and cucumbers,” said Gary Karp, executive vice president for Technomic, a food market-research firm. “It’s going to take about 60 days or so before new tomatoes and other replacement products can come to market.” Get the full story »

Wendy’s/Arby’s Group reports lower 2Q profit

Wendy’s/Arby’s Group Inc. said Thursday that its second-quarter net income fell by more than 28 percent as sales fell and charges cut into results. The fast-food company also cut its full-year outlook, predicting that business at its hamburger chain would likely slow.

Wendy’s launches new salad line today

BLT cobb salad. (Wendy's)Wendy’s is introducing a line of new salads such as Apple Pecan Chicken and BLT Cobb as the fast-food chain tailors its sales pitch to focus on “real” ingredients to appeal to foodies.

The line of four salads is available nationwide starting Friday.

The salads retail for $5.99, about $1 more than the previous Garden Sensations line. The chain introduced those in 2002. Get the full story »