Students Can Now Get Free Fountain Drinks At Chipotle — But Is It Even Worth It?

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In a bid to make the whole going-back-to-school shebang a little more bearable (and real talk: in a desperate bid to woo back some of its lost customers), Chipotle is offering students a deal, and giving away free drinks with the purchase of an in-store entree.

Students can bring their ID’s up to the counter after they’ve ordered a burrito, bowl, taco, or salad, and receive a free chipotle fountain drink or iced tea all September long, per Brand Eating.

Obviously, Chipotle has been struggling these days; after a series of health crises that stripped the company of its reputation last year, the brand was forced to upgrade its food safety practices. Unfortunately, the fast-casual restaurant’s best efforts haven’t been enough to win back the allegiance of its former customers.

In response, Chipotle has been pumping out various promotions — meanwhile, however, 10,000 of its current and former employees are filing a class action lawsuit for its alleged unethical work requirements.

We know that Chipotle is supposed to be serving Food With Integrity — it is the chain’s official slogan, after all — but after everything that’s happened, we’re wondering if a free drink is even worth it.

Sources: Brand Eating / Image credit: Chipotle via Brand EatingTags: Chipotle, drinks, fountain drinks, promotion, students
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Grab A Bucket And Go Fill It With Slurpees From 7-Eleven!

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In honor of 7-Eleven’s 50th anniversary, we get to enjoy another Bring Your Own Cup Day this year!

On August 19 and 20, Slurpee lovers throughout the U.S. can head to 7-Eleven with an eligible cup of their choice to fill with their favorite drink. The first BYOCup Day of the year was held in March.

“This is Slurpee’s 50th birthday year, so everything is bigger, and that includes BYOCup Day,” explained Laura Gordon, 7-Eleven vice president of marketing and brand innovation, CSP Daily News reports. “This year’s event is double the days and happening twice as many times. Last time, lots of people posted photos on social media, unofficially competing for ‘most unusual’ honors.”

Unlike free Slurpee day, the BYOCup Day experience costs $1.50, which is about the average cost of a medium Slurpee. Customers can bring any cup that fits the guidelines, meaning it needs to be a sanitary, leak-proof, container that can fit upright inside the Slurpee display with a 10-inch-diamerer opening.  Slurpee fishbowls, which can hold up to 32 ounces of delicious slushy goodness, will be available for $3.99.

“We started Slurpee season in the spring with BYOCup days, and we are closing out the summer with a second round,” Gordon said, according to a Slurpee press release. “People loved it then, and we know they’ll be back so we invite them to get creative and bring on the fun!”

As part of the promotion, 7-Eleven is encouraging its customers to use the hashtag #BYOCupDay to show off their unique containers. An animated Snapchat lens will be available on August 19, in addition to a geofilter that customers can use on the app both days, according to CSP Daily News.

Slurpee drinks purchased on BYOCup Day will also count toward the retailer’s drink promotion offered exclusively through the 7-Eleven mobile app: Buy Six, Get the Seventh Free.

The convenience store, which is located in 17 countries, has also offered BYOCup Day in Canada, Australia, the Philippines, and Malaysia.

Sources: Slurpee, Slurpee Press ReleaseCSP Daily News / Photo credit: Edward Pevos/MLive

Tags: 50th anniversary, 7-eleven, Bring Your Own Cup Day, promotion, Slurpees
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Lover Of Wendy’s Frosties? You Can Now Get Them For 50 Cents!

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Frosty fans, get ready for a summer treat!

For a limited time, Wendy’s Frosties will be available for 50 cents at participating locations. During the dog days of summer, there is no easier way to perk up your spirits than by purchasing a tasty, cold treat for less than a dollar.

There is no limit to the number of chocolate and vanilla Frosties you can buy, according to Brand Eating, so stop in and pick a few. Surprise the family with these refreshing treats when you come home from work. Put a smile on your coworkers’ faces by coming back from lunch break with some Frosties to get them through the day.

However, the deal gets even better than that!

In addition to the 50-cent Frosties, Wendy’s is also launching a promotion with Major League Baseball and MLB.com. For those of you who enjoy both baseball and Wendy’s Frosties, the co-promotion is offering 34,000 lucky fans the opportunity to enjoy a free MLB.TV premium subscription for the rest of the 2016 regular season.

Interested participants need to take a photo of themselves enjoying a Frosty. Wendy’s wants to see how customers enjoy their Frosties; so feel free to take a picture at a Wendy’s restaurant with your friends, take a walk with your treat, eat it outside, or dunk some fries into it.

Next, participants need to post a photo on their public Twitter or Instagram accounts with the hashtag #50centFrostyMLB. Private social media accounts and current MLB.TV subscribers are not eligible for the promotion, according to the official promotion guidelines.

Within 24 to 48 hours after the photo has been uploaded on the @wendysmlb Instagram account or the @mlbtv Twitter account, participating baseball and Frosty fans will receive a direct message with instructions to activate the MLB.TV premium subscription.

The redemption period ends on August 31 — or while supplies last — and the MLB.TV subscription is valid until October 2. The contest is open to legal residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older, so younger participants may need to ask a parent or guardian to participate and take a photo with them.

Sources: Brand Eating, MLB, (2) / Photo credit: Mix97-3.com

Tags: Major League Baseball, milkshake, promotion, Wendy's, Wendy's frosty
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Chipotle Is Now Giving Away Free Booze To Lure Back Customers

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In a bid to woo its customers back after a string of foodborne-illness outbreaks in 2015, Chipotle has decided a new tactic is in order: getting its patrons drunk.

The fast-casual chain is now offering discounted or free alcoholic beverages as part of a new “Happy Four Hours” promotion, reports CNBC. The promo includes 2-for-1 and half-price deals on alcoholic drinks from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. through September.

Did you even know that Chipotle served alcoholic beverages, like margaritas and beer? No? Well, that’s probably because it sort of doesn’t. The deals are only valid at around 300 of Chipotle’s booze-serving locations in Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Chicago, according to the company’s happy hour website.

“We know that [limited-service] restaurants do well at breakfast and lunch, but dinner tends to be more of a place for full-service restaurants to succeed,” Darren Tristano, president of Technomic, told CNBC. “With the younger generation, who is looking for affordable beverages, limited-service can be that place.”

“If this promotion proves to be a success, we see the potential for it to be offered in other parts of the U.S. and perhaps throughout more of the year,” added Mark Kalinowksi, an analyst for Nomura.

Admittedly, half-price or buy-one-get-one margaritas sounds like a blissful pairing with Chipotle’s standard fare — but will it be enough to restore the embattled fast-casual burrito chain to its former glory?

“Unfortunately, I think only time is going to help them with the sales hole,” Tristano concluded. “I think consumers are very forgiving, but it’s going to take more time.”

Sources: Chipotle, CNBC / Photo credit: Miosotis Jade/Wikimedia Commons

Tags: Booze, Chipotle, happy hour, promotion
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