BK Chicken Fries

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BK Chicken Fries
BK Chicken Fries (2014).jpg
An order of BK Chicken Fries.
Nutritional value per 9 pieces (157 g)
Energy 470 kcal (2,000 kJ)
29 g
Sugars 2 g
31 g
Saturated 6 g
Trans 0 g
19 g
Trace minerals
Sodium
(90%)
1350 mg
Other constituents
Energy from fat 280 kcal (1,200 kJ)
Cholesterol 55 mg
Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: www.BK.com

BK Chicken Fries are a fried chicken product sold by the international fast-food restaurant chain Burger King. According to Burger King marketing, they were originally intended to be one of their larger, adult oriented products made with higher quality ingredients than their "standard" menu items. Additionally, the product further targeted the snacking and convenience food markets with a specific packaging design that was intended to be easier to handle and fit into automotive cup holders. The product was part of a series of product introductions designed to expand Burger King's menu with both more sophisticated, adult oriented fare and present a larger, meatier product that appealed to 24–36 year old adult males. Along with this series of larger, more complex group of menu products, the company intended to attract a larger, more affluent adult audience who will be willing to spend more on the better quality products. They were discontinued in the United States in 2012, but continued to be sold in some markets, such as Italy. In August 2014, they were reintroduced for a limited time offering (LTO) in North America, leading to their permanent re-addition to the menu in March 2015.

As of the company's major offerings, the chicken fries are sometimes the center of product advertising for the company. The original advertisements were created by the firm of Crispin, Porter + Bogusky and were the subject of both criticism and legal action by the nu-metal band Slipknot. The company also relied heavily on product tie-ins with the NFL and NASCAR to promote the product across different demographic groups. With the product's North American reintroduction in 2014, Burger King utilized a heavy social media campaign to help entice fans of the product back into restaurants. Despite being a major product line in the company's portfolio, Burger King has registered very few, if any, global trademarks to protect its investment in the product.

History[edit]

BK Chicken Fries were introduced in 2005 as part of a menu expansion that was designed to cater to a more adult demographic looking for dishes that went beyond the standard fast food fare.[1][2][3] At the time of the introduction, Burger King was targeting a demographic group it identified as the "super fan", a group consisting of males between the ages of 18-34 that ate at fast food restaurants several times a week.[4] Additionally, the chain was also adding other fare such as its TenderGrill, TenderCrisp and Angus sandwiches, that were designed to offer more complex menu items that would raise average check prices and expand the breadth of its offerings in the fast food market place.[5] The product was discontinued in January 2012, replaced with Burger King's version of chicken strips in March of that year.

Following Chicken Fries' discontinuation, there was a call for the product's reinstatement from fans of the product on forums such as Reddit; Business Insider has noted that they are one of the 17 most requested fast products that people would like to see returned to menus.[6] Fans of the product also established several social media accounts dedicated to Chicken Fries' return on Facebook,[7] Twitter,[8] and Tumblr.[9] Additionally, a Change.org petition had been created that calls on Burger King to reinstate the product to its menu. Perez Hilton's web site declared that Chicken Fries are one product of many that will never come back,[10] while comedian Daniel Tosh featured a skit during one of the segments of his show, Tosh.0, to the product's return.[11] They were re-released in August 2014 as a limited time offering (LTO).[12] The return of the product met with a favorable reaction from those who were advocating for chicken fries return to the Burger King menu. There was disappointment from these groups as well because of the products status as a limited time offering.[12] In March 2015, Burger King permanently re-added chicken fries to the menu.

Besides customer demand for the product, a major reason for the reintroduction was due to a significant rise in the cost of beef. During the previous few months leading up to the reintroduction of Chicken Fries, the available cattle stocks had declined since the USDA began record keeping in 1973. This shortage of ground beef caused a spike in the price of beef to all-time highs in June 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.[13] Additionally, increasing competition from McDonald's, Wendy's and other chains in the fast food industry was driving BK to boost sales by introducing new products along similar lines. The two competitors had been revamping their menus with products such as variations on the McDouble from McD's and sandwiches based on pretzel-style buns from Wendy's.[13]

The product was brought also back as part of a new approach by the company regarding LTO products; instead of putting out large numbers of products that may only appeal to a smaller audience, it instead would only add a smaller amount of products that have broader market appeal.[14] Chicken Fries were part of that goal, with the re-introduction utilizing a three prong approach: the first being its stated intention to introduce products to those that will have most impact. The second was a bid to appeal to Millennials utilizing social-media focused campaigns. and finally to utilize a former product from it portfolio that the company probably should have thought about before discontinuing.[15]

Product description[edit]

BK Chicken Fries are breaded and fried chicken strips,[13] and were available in three sizes during their initial availability period: six-, nine-, and twelve-piece servings. Three and thirty-six-piece sizes were available as limited time offers.[16] The smaller size was sold à la carte, while larger portion could be purchased as a meal option. While its core audience was adults such as soccer moms or commuters,[17] a children's meal option was at one time available U.S. that included a six-piece order of the product. The 2014 reissued product was only available in a nine-piece serving, at a recommended price point of USD $2.89.[13]

Packaging[edit]

Burger King product packaging
The FryPod and BK Chicken Fries products, two examples of Burger King's packaging designed to fit in a cup holder.

Part of the product's format was in its packaging, which was designed to fit in a car cup holder. The BK Chicken Fry box, while square in shape, will sit comfortably in the cup holder and its top, when opened, forms a small tray that is designed to hold dipping sauce. Burger King credits the design of this box with helping to make its Chicken Fries the most popular adult-oriented chicken product in the United States at the time.[18] Since most of the fast food industry's business is take-out or drive-thru traffic, this allowed the convenience food purchaser to drive and eat with little effort.[19] With the introduction of the BK Chicken Fries, BK began adapting some of its other product packaging so that it could also be placed in an automotive cup holder. In addition to the Chicken Fries container, the company added a trademarked a patented, round French fry container which it calls the "FryPod", which is a paper cup made from 50 percent recycled materials that is also designed to fit in an automotive cup holder.[20] The package design won an honorable mention at a packaging industry design competition.[21]

Advertising[edit]

Coq Roq[edit]

Coq Roq
Agency Crispin, Porter + Bogusky
Client Burger King
Product
  • BK Chicken Fries
Release date(s) 2004 - 2005

Coq Roq, also spelled COQ ROQ, was an advertising program created in late 2004 for Burger King by the Miami-based advertising firm Crispin Porter + Bogusky (CP+B).[22][23] Coq Roq was a fictional "rooster metal" group (albeit composed of various real-life musicians) with its own website and associated content. The band's musical "style" was classified as punk-sounding rock n' roll, thrash or nu metal. The campaign featured a viral marketing website, television and print campaigns and a fictional MySpace page. The program was similar to other marketing campaigns created by CP+B for Burger King, including the Subservient Chicken, Ugoff, and Sith Sense. There was a link to "BK Chicken Fries" sneaked in below all the group's information. Little is known about the actual actors or musicians involved.

The first version of the single 'Bob Your Head' had the band singing the lyric "One Nation Under Chicken Fries", which was later changed to "One Kingdom Under Chicken Fries".

The coqroq.com website was taken down in the summer of 2006. The Myspace page is still operational, though.

In November 2006, Burger King released three Xbox advergaming titles. One of them, PocketBike Racer, features instrumental versions of Coq Roq's songs.

Members[edit]

2014 Reintroduction[edit]

2015 Reintroduction[edit]

Controversies[edit]

Sexual innuendo[edit]

The Coq Roq ads again generated controversy, in this instance because of complaints over the double entendres and sexual innuendo on the website, which forced BK to request content be changed.[25] Another pair of reasons for the controversy was in the name of the "band" itself and one of its songs. The word Coq, which is French for rooster, is pronounced like "cock" in English, alluding to the slang word for a phallus.[26] The fourth song from the band's EP is called Nice Box. In one of the commercials they sang about the box chicken fries were sold in, however the song is also another double entendre: the word "box" is actually a slang word for female genitalia.[27]

Slipknot lawsuit[edit]

In August 2005, CP+B and Burger King became the target of lawyers of the band Slipknot, who alleged the mask-wearing rooster rockers were a blatant copy of the band's style. They were sued for an undisclosed amount.

CP+B and Burger King then filed counter-suit against Slipknot, stating that the Coq Roq band was fictitious, visually and musically bore little resemblance to Slipknot's style, and at best was a general parody of heavy metal bands that wear masks or try to achieve a mask-like effect, such as Mushroomhead, KISS or GWAR. Partly mentioned in the counter-suit included the notion that Slipknot were parodies of bands themselves, further citing the specific example of Cleveland Ohio rockers Mushroomhead, who wore near identical style masks and jumpsuits, and had been gigging several years before Slipknot even formed, let alone went mainstream. Both suits were eventually dropped, and Burger King ended the campaign shortly after.[28]

Tie-ins[edit]

As a product tie-in with the 2005–2006 NFL season, Burger King introduced a 36 piece party pack as a limited time offer. This promotion was more general and featured the BK mascot, the Burger King, digitally superimposed into NFL game footage so appeared to be involved in the game. Some of the players the King replaced include Steve Young, Deion Sanders, and Moe Williams. He was also been depicted performing the Lambeau Leap and dumping Gatorade on the head of former Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula. The primary packaging was altered to include the NFL logo; the party pack designed to mimic the texture of a football, included the NFL logo and a humorous comment along the line of those found on BK packaging at the time.[29]

During the summer of 2006, BK introduced the 12 piece size as a product tie-in with NASCAR and its new sponsorship of a NASCAR team. Product boxes were emblazoned with the NASCAR logo and the BK/Michael Waltrip Racing 00 car number.

During 2007, Burger King had another product tie-in with a Nickelodeon show, SpongeBob SquarePants. Again the box was altered, this time so the design of the looked like the character SpongeBob. Later in-store promotions in the U.S. have urged customers to add a six-piece portion to their meal as a snack option.[30]

Naming and trademarks[edit]

The name "BK Chicken Fries" is not registered as a trademark in the in the markets the product is sold (US, Canada, the UK, and Europe),[Notes 1] however the acronym "BK" is a trademark of Burger King Holdings and is displayed with the displayed with the "circle-R" (®) symbol in the United States, Europe and New Zealand.[Notes 2] The term "chicken fries" has been trademarked in the United States several times, but never by Burger King. In Canada, "chicken fries" was owned by KFC parent, Yum! Brands, but its registration was expunged from the records.[Notes 3]

See also[edit]

Similar types of chicken products by other vendors

Notes[edit]

Trademark information

1. BK Chicken Fry trademarks

1. No results found for BK Chicken Fries, United States Patent and Trademark Office, retrieved 14 July 2014 
2. No results found for BK Chicken Fries, Canadian Intellectual Property Office, retrieved 14 July 2014 
3. No results found for BK Chicken Fries, Office for the Harmonisation in the Internal Market, Trade Marks and Designs office, retrieved 14 July 2014 
4. No results found for BK Chicken Fries, Intellectual Property Office of Great Britain, retrieved 14 July 2014 
5. No results found for BK Chicken Fries, Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand, retrieved 14 July 2014 
3. Chicken Fry trademarks

1. Chicken fries, CIPO registration #TMA477824, Canadian Intellectual Property Office, retrieved 14 July 2014 
2. 24 results found for chicken fries, none owned by Burger King, United States Patent and Trademark Office, retrieved 14 July 2014 
3. No results found for chicken fries, Office for the Harmonisation in the Internal Market, Trade Marks and Designs office, retrieved 16 July 2014 
4. No results found for chicken fries, Intellectual Property Office of Great Britain, retrieved 16 July 2014 
5. No results found for chicken fries, Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand, retrieved 16 July 2014 
2. BK trademarks

1. BK, USPTO serial #77252106, United States Patent and Trademark Office, retrieved 14 July 2014 
2. BK, CIPO registration #TMA749291, Canadian Intellectual Property Office, retrieved 14 July 2014 
3. BK, OHIM trade mark #005211297, Office for the Harmonisation in the Internal Market, Trade Marks and Designs office, retrieved 14 July 2014 
4. BK, IPOGB trade mark #EU005211297, Intellectual Property Office of Great Britain, retrieved 14 July 2014 
5. BK, IPONZ IP case #813210, Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand, retrieved 14 July 2014 

Notes:

1. British trademarks with the "EU" prefix are European Community wide trademarks.
2. American, European, and New Zealand trademark offices do not allow direct linking of trademark information.

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