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Impossible Whoppers are a huge hit at Burger King, fueling its best quarter in four years



Restaurant Brands (QSR) reported solid earnings for the third quarter Monday morning, led by more than 10% increase in sales at Burger King and nearly 15% surge at Popeyes.

The company said sales at Burger King restaurants open at least a year rose 5% in the quarter. That was the strongest growth since 2015.

Restaurant Brands has been attributed to the success of the plant-based Impossible Whopper, which has been rolled out to all Burger King locations in the United States, for the strong sales.

Popeyes did even better, with the same-store sales in the United States soaring more than 10%. Restaurant Brands said that was the best quarter for nearly two decades.

Crispy, spicy and hugely popular: Why chicken sandwiches are taking over America
Restaurant Brands and Popeyes have caught a bottle of spicy chicken sandwich, a menu item that attracted so much of a cult. The success of the sandwich even sparked a Twitter feud between Popeyes and competitor Chick-fil-A.
Popeyes announced Monday that the sandwich is coming back on November 3 – as a permanent menu item.

It's safe to say that the runaway success of the spicy chicken sandwich is the most popular restaurant in Popeyes in 2017 for $ 1.8 billion.

Restaurant Brands shares up to 30% this year McDonald's (MCD) and about a 20% pop for KFC owner Yum! Brands (YUM). McDonald's recently reported a slowdown in US sales growth.
But there was one bit of bad news for Restaurant Brands. Tim Hortons, is struggling. Sales at Tim Hortons, which competes with Starbucks (SBUX) and Dunkin ' (DNKN)fell in the quarter.
The company launched its own plant-based menu item, a breakfast sandwich with sausages from Impossible Rival Beyond Meat, earlier this year. Beyond Meat (BYND)will report its earnings after the closing bell Monday.

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