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Survey fnds Americans feel challenged to maintain tradition of family mealtime and are looking to restaurants for help in developing meaningful connections at the table
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® today announced the return of guest-favorite Campfre Meals, a one-of-a-kind experience that stimulates the senses by recalling memories of cherished time spent with loved ones around a campfre, available at Cracker Barrel® locations nationwide now through August 14, 2016. Campfre Meals allow families to reconnect this summer around their own “campfre” at the table.
To coincide with this, Cracker Barrel released the fndings of its Cracker Barrel Campfre Survey, which found that more than 9 in 10 Americans say family mealtime is important but more than three out of four admit they could do a better job at making time to sit down with friends and family at the table. Millennial parents in particular experience a challenge in fnding time for family meals – 92 percent say they could do a better job, according to the survey.
To help guests create a unique experience and draw everyone around the table, Cracker Barrel will ofer its famous Campfre Meals in three delicious ways. Campfre Chicken and Campfre Beef are available beginning today and Campfre Mixed Grill will release later this summer. Delivered right to the table in a unique, tightly wrapped foil cooking package that mingles fresh vegetables and a favorful spice blend to create a savory, memorable taste, the aroma of Campfre Meals stir the senses to help guests make memories that will last a lifetime.
The Cracker Barrel Campfre Survey, which explored the important role of mealtime for families, revealed that the largest barriers to spending meaningful time together are amount of free time and distance. For millennial parents, getting everyone around the table is only half the battle – the top two barriers they cited were amount of free time (81 percent), followed closely by distractions at the table (80 percent). The survey also found that the most important way restaurants can help Americans form the meaningful connections they desire is by providing special occasions to connect with family and friends.
In particular, parents of young children are looking to restaurants to help them make mealtimes special. The survey found that millennial parents are the most likely to say the following things were important:
•Unique experiences to make memories (91 percent)
•Opportunities for children to learn (85 percent)
•A space with few distractions (84 percent)
•Timely promotions or activities that tie into the season (82 percent)
“Since frst released in 1997, our Campfre Meals have become wildly popular – guests always ask when they will return next,” said Cracker Barrel Vice President of Marketing Don Hofman. “Few products succeed in establishing this type of craving. What our guests love most about visiting Cracker Barrel is an experience that helps forge authentic connections with loved ones at the table, away from the distractions of busy day-to-day life. Campfre Meals recall the outdoor fun of camping under the stars, a favorite memory for many, and we are looking forward to helping guests build connections at Cracker Barrel by recreating that magic this summer.”
Based on the huge appeal of Campfre Meals in previous years, Cracker Barrel expects to serve more than 3.8 million Campfre Meals this summer. Campfre Chicken is ofered for $9.99 from May 2 through August 14, while Campfre Beef is available until June 26 for $10.99. For the frst time, Cracker Barrel will ofer Campfre Mixed Grill, which is slow-roasted with savory USDA choice beef chuck roast and smoked sausage, from June 27 through August 14 for $10.99. Every Campfre Meal comes with a choice of made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits or corn mufns.
The Cracker Barrel Campfre Survey was conducted through an online omnibus survey by Edelman Intelligence on behalf of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. among a nationally representative sample of 1,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and over between April 18 and April 22, 2016. The margin of error for this sample is +/- 3.1 percent at the 95 percent confdence level.
About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBRL) provides a friendly home- away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style #food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage...all at a fair price. Established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn., Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. and its afliates operate 636 #crackerbarreloldcountrystore company- owned locations in 42 states and owns the fast casual restaurant Holler & DashTM. Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2016 Consumer Picks survey named #crackerbarreloldcountrystore the Best Family-Dining Restaurant in America. For more information about the company, visit crackerbarrel.com.
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