|Nutritional value per 1 double sandwich (304 grams)|
|Energy||970 kcal (4,100 kJ)|
|Dietary fiber||2 g|
|Vitamin A equiv.|
|Energy from sandwich||570 kcal (2,400 kJ)|
This information is effective as of March 2013.
|†Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults. |
The Baconator was introduced in April 2007 as part of a "back to basics" reorganization by Wendy's new CEO Kerri Anderson. The addition of the product was part of a push to add menu items that appeal to the 18- to 34-year-old demographic and expand late-night sales. This product and others, coupled with a new advertising program, contributed to an increase in store sales of approximately 11% during the period of five fiscal quarters ending in October 2007.
As a cross promotion with the Canadian Football League, the Baconator has been named the official burger of the league. They held a promotion running from April–May 2009 in which special scratch tickets shaped like bacon were given out with each purchase. In addition to being able to enter a draw to win an Xbox 360 by texting the number, the person could enter the numbers online to win a chance to compete in a halftime CFL contest to build a giant Baconator, with the winner getting $25,000. This was termed the 'Baconator Boot Camp'. During the promotion, the store workers wore T-shirts advertising the contest. On August 14, 2009, Pete Richardson from Halifax, Nova Scotia won the contest and the prize of $25,000, in front of a capacity crowd of 24,754 at the Rogers Centre.
- Andrew Martin (2007-11-24). "A Turnaround Plan That Includes Baconators". the New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-11.
The company has improved its marketing, with quirky 'red wig' television ads, and it has introduced a variety of products like the hefty Baconator sandwich, she says.
- "Wendy's review continuing". USA Today. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2007-12-11.
The company will also update its value menu to focus on the critical 18- to 34-year-old customer and try to re-energize its late night business.
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