June 11, 2018 04:29 PM – Bloomberg
Pancake restaurant IHOP’s marketing move to rebrand itself as IHOb — standing for burgers — comes at a time when beef prices are off their record highs.
Ground chuck prices, which spiked in 2015 to the highest on record, are down 14 percent from their peak as cattle supplies increase and prices ease, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show. With prices coming down, the chain restaurant formerly known as IHOP said it’s changing its name to highlight a renewed focus on the grilled American staple.
Dine Brands Global Inc.-owned IHOP captured the attention of the internet last week with a tweet announcing the coming name change. That led followers to speculate whether the “b” would stand for something close to its core brand, like breakfast or bacon, or whether it could be joining the blockchain naming phase.
“Right now, there is not a defined time for how long we’ll use the IHOb name,” spokeswoman Stephanie Peterson said in an email, calling it a “tongue-in-cheek” name change.
“Based on fan demand, there’s the chance we may create more IHOb restaurants in the future.”