Has Wendy's downsized their burgers?

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2011/08/09 11:55:52 (permalink)

Has Wendy's downsized their burgers?

Hey everyone,
 
I used to eat at Wendy's a lot when I worked near one. So it's been like six months, maybe a year since I've been. And, normally when I ordered a burger, I'd order their Classic Double burger, which was usually too big, and I'd end up tossing half of it in the trash. (I know, my bad).
So now I only do fast food, every few months when I need my fix. So I went to my favorite Wendy's and ordered their the single patty combo this time because I knew it would be sufficient. Well what I got was barely bigger than their Double Stack. It was like a glorified double stack with lettuce and tomato. What gives? Has anybody else noticed this and when it occurred. I remember the burger used to have a kaiser roll and the patties would stick out the sides, well these buns were basically the same size as the double stack. I think from now on, I'll just order two double stacks and save money, lol.
 
Granted I actually finished my meal this time, it was the perfect size, so I shouldn't complain. And, the staff has ALWAYS been very friendly and attentive, always, sometimes even delivering to my table. But this just irked me. I think what bugs me is paying the same price for a smaller burger. I'd rather pay more and get the burger I was expecting, it really disappointed me. This whole downsizing thing due to costs or the obesity crisis or whatever is starting to irritate me, it should be my choice if I want a smaller burger or to pay more. I understand that costs increase. It's getting to the point that most fast food places are a joke and it's better to just make your own burger and fries at home. It's no longer a treat like it was when I was a kid. I remember as a kid going to Wendy's and remember the decor really being special. It had little inserts about Dave's daughter Wendy and the table's had this special Wendy's wallpaper on them. (Dating myself, ha), but it was like fake old-timey newsprint, it was a really special experience, and the burgers were a huge treat. Now it's like glorified double stack.
I hardly go to fast food anymore, I just want it to be good when I go. Now about the only place that's kept the quality of their food is a regional chain - Del Taco - , and MAYBE Carl's Jr, though I've seen they've adopted the monstrosity that is "natural cut" shoestring fries as well, ugh. What's going on? When the product is downsized and dumbed down so bad, you can get 5x better making it yourself from the market and cheaper, something is wrong. Anybody else?
post edited by California Guy - 2011/08/09 11:59:30
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    SeamusD
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    Re:Has Wendy's downsized their burgers? 2011/08/09 13:10:47 (permalink)
    It's been lamented in other threads here about the downgrade in Wendy's food. The size and quality of the burger patty is abysmal compared to how it used to be. No more big juicy patty, just a small, hockey puck-ish salty slab of crap. I used to work around the corner from Wendy's corporate in Dublin, OH, and the local shops had amazing burgers, circa 1998-99.
     
    I remember it just as you did, down to the table pattern. Since they changed their fries last year, I went once, haven't been back, and don't plan to.
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    Re:Has Wendy's downsized their burgers? 2011/08/09 13:31:36 (permalink)
    I don't know if I've ever had a Wendy's burger.
     
    There are so many other available fast food places in Los Angeles.  I would have to travel to make Wendy's my destination and it would never be a thought out choice.
     
    However, I do like what they call chili.  I eat it for what it is, not what it's called.   I used to get it when I worked in the Valley.
     
    I've also found that franchises differ from store to store.  If you really like Wendy's try a different location.  I only know of one in my general area so I can't help there.
     
    If you're near Venice Boulevard drive down to Sepulveda and have a burger at Howard's Bacon Avocado Burger.  Great burgers if you leave off the bacone and avocado.  
     
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    Re:Has Wendy's downsized their burgers? 2011/08/09 14:01:33 (permalink)
    I haven't seen a change in the "single" burgers at Wendy's here, they are still 4oz patties, and the nutritional info still claims that as well.
    However, the Jr patties did get shrunken about 4 years ago.  They used to be 2oz patties.  They are now 50g patties (~1.78 oz).
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    Re:Has Wendy's downsized their burgers? 2011/08/09 16:40:21 (permalink)
    Thanks. :) Well I used to love Wendy's as a kid. I really don't care for much fast food places except for a select few such as Del Taco (regional west coast Tex-Mex chain, better than Taco Bell, IMHO, old-fashioned crinkle fries), In-n-Out, always fresh, made to order, customizable secret menu, or mom and pop places where the fries are often great and you can get an awesome burger or pastrami sub, which is to die for usually.
     
    Having said that, I still go to Wendy's now and then just because of childhood memories.  My favorite places of national chains are probably BK and Carl's Jr (Hardees in the east). But I don't go to those often.
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    Re:Has Wendy's downsized their burgers? 2011/08/09 16:43:37 (permalink)
    SeamusD

    It's been lamented in other threads here about the downgrade in Wendy's food. The size and quality of the burger patty is abysmal compared to how it used to be. No more big juicy patty, just a small, hockey puck-ish salty slab of crap. I used to work around the corner from Wendy's corporate in Dublin, OH, and the local shops had amazing burgers, circa 1998-99.

    I remember it just as you did, down to the table pattern. Since they changed their fries last year, I went once, haven't been back, and don't plan to.

     
    Yeah, it's crazy. I remember Wendy's had this awesome kaiser roll with sesame seeds (or similar) until at least 2008. But this was way small. I guess the patties are the same size, but it seemed smaller, and the buns were only slightly bigger than the Double Stack, it was insane. The cals are actually more than before according to their website, it's weird. I was just disappointed. If I go back, I'll try the Double Bacon Classic, though I think they've phased out the "classic" brand, which is a clue, it's no longer classic. I only go once every six months to a year. Seems to satiate my desire for that particular place. I guess it's just memories at this point that make me return occasionally.
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    Re:Has Wendy's downsized their burgers? 2011/08/09 19:28:39 (permalink)
    Childhood memories are a wonderful thing.
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    Re:Has Wendy's downsized their burgers? 2011/08/09 20:00:48 (permalink)
    When I was a child memories hadn't yet been invented.
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    Re:Has Wendy's downsized their burgers? 2011/08/09 20:58:37 (permalink)
    How do you remember that?
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    Re:Has Wendy's downsized their burgers? 2011/08/10 00:18:56 (permalink)
    Foodbme's MBA - Business School Final Exam
    Fact: The cost of Restaurant ingredients and operations keep going up.
    You're a business consultant. You're giving a Restaurant owner 6 choices. Which one would you recommend?
    1. Keep portion sizes the same and raise prices.
    2. Keep portion sizes and prices the same and reduce profits. 
    3. Keep portion sizes the same and reduce prices and really reduce profits.
    4. Reduce portion sizes and keep prices the same
    5. Reduce portion sizes and reduce prices
    6. Reduce portion sizes and raise prices.
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    Re:Has Wendy's downsized their burgers? 2011/08/10 11:34:24 (permalink)
    Foodbme

    Foodbme's MBA - Business School Final Exam
    Fact: The cost of Restaurant ingredients and operations keep going up.
    You're a business consultant. You're giving a Restaurant owner 6 choices. Which one would you recommend?
    1. Keep portion sizes the same and raise prices.
    2. Keep portion sizes and prices the same and reduce profits. 
    3. Keep portion sizes the same and reduce prices and really reduce profits.
    4. Reduce portion sizes and keep prices the same
    5. Reduce portion sizes and reduce prices
    6. Reduce portion sizes and raise prices.

     
     
    The answer to the above scenarios can be quite complex.  You might have to figure into the scenarios above that a price decrease or a portion increase might also increase business volume, as well, so profits might actually go up (or down less than expected) by having larger portions or slightly lower prices.    
     
     You aslo have to figure in the current portion size.   If the current portion is large enough to satisfy most people, increasing portion size won't help much.   If the portion is very large, where most people get stuffed, a decrease in portion size might not have too much of a negative effect on customer satisfaction. 
     
    Then there is the psychological effect of a large portion, even if it way more than most people can (or should)  eat.  Some people like to see very large portions, even when they will never finish it, (or they overstuff themselves.).   Some people  feel they are "getting their money's worth" even if they end up wasting excess food, or over eating   ....But, that's another topic for another day.    

    Way too many scenarios to analyze here. 
     
    Glenn
     
    post edited by Glenn1234 - 2011/08/10 11:41:47
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    Re:Has Wendy's downsized their burgers? 2011/08/10 12:02:57 (permalink)
    Glenn1234
    Granted, there are other variables, many of which you did not mention. For this academic exercise, leave those other variables on the sideline and just deal with the options at hand.
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    Re:Has Wendy's downsized their burgers? 2011/08/10 12:28:55 (permalink)
     
     
    Well, then I'd say option 1.    Look at what is drawing the most complaints here.  The biggest complaints are that Wendy's changed something regarding the food.  Nobody has comlained about or even brought up price (except being brought up in the hypotheticals above).  
     
    So, people go to their favorite/usual fast food joint and expect to get consistency in the food. ..... Something they are accustomed to.  The customers return time after time because there is something they like about it.   Nobody (or very few) bitch about a an increase of a dime or two in prices every so often.   Fast food is still cheap.   Cheap plus 20 more cents still equals cheap. 
      But, don't screw with the food they have come to know and like.  As we can all see, that is what draws the most ire. 
     
     
    Glenn
     
     
     
     
     
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    Re:Has Wendy's downsized their burgers? 2011/08/10 13:22:23 (permalink)
    I'd definitely pay a little extra for better quality food (or for food I alreay find appealing to stay the same), mainly because it's not very often that I'll end up at a fast food joint, so I would welcome the better quality and be happy to pay for it.
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    Re:Has Wendy's downsized their burgers? 2011/08/13 21:10:16 (permalink)
    How about the current method: keep the portions the same, raise the price, and  give a "discount" back to the old price. Do this for a couple of weeks, and then get rid of the discount.
     
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