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Price Increases at Burger King from 2002 to 2013

The drive-thru photos below are from 2002 and 2013. They are literally a snap shot of the food prices at Burger King, and illustrate the price increases in that time period. Please scroll down past the images to read my summary of the changes and an analysis.

Above: Entire Burger King Drive Thru Menu from 2002.

Above: Detail from Burger King Menu from 2002.

Above: Entire Burger King Drive Thru Menu from 2013.

Above: Detail from Burger King Menu from 2013.

I apologize for the illegible photos from 2002. Digital cameras have come a long way since then.

The menu boards in California now often include calorie counts. This drive thru menu doesn't have them. I'm not sure why. On the 2013 menu, many more items, almost everything but the value menu, is shown with a photograph. The menu now uses black lettering on a white background. Also, the prices went up.

The Chicken Sandwich went up $1.70, or 65%.

Burger King Chicken Sandwich
2002 Price 2013 Price Price Difference % increase
$2.59 $4.29 + $1.70 65%

The Double Whopper went up $2.80, a 94% increase.

Burger King Double Whopper
2002 Price 2013 Price Price Difference % increase
$2.99 $5.79 + $2.80 94%

The Whopper Meal went up $2.80.

Burger King Whopper Meal
2002 Price 2013 Price Price Difference % increase
$3.39 $6.19 $2.80 83%

The shakes went up $1.00-$1.20

Burger King Shakes
Size 2002 Price 2013 Price Price Change % increase
S 99¢ $1.99 + $1.00 101%
M $1.29 $2.49 + $1.20 93%
L $1.79 $2.99 + $1.20 67%

These price increases are larger than I expected. I checked the Consumer Price index for this time frame, and according to their "ALL PRICES" index, I could expect an increase of 28% in prices from between 2002 and 2013 (CPI calculator at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). None of these items increased by a figure that low. Presumably the annual inflation figure for the Food Away from Home category is higher. These menus suggest it may be twice that high over the last 11 years.

Burger King's prices have gone up. I hadn't realized that Burger King only has a few burgers available, which made this comparison easy. Standouts are the Double Whopper, which went up 94%, and the small shake, which doubled in price.




More Drive Thru Menu Price Comparisons:
Introduction | McDonalds | Taco Bell | Carl's Jr. | In 'n Out | Burger King | El Pollo Loco | Wendys

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