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Popeyes Is Launching a New Line of Beverages

And offering a sweet deal to celebrate.
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Popeyes has something new in store for those hot summer days when you need to cool off from the weather as well as their iconic Spicy Chicken Sandwich. The chain has just announced a new line of chilled Lemonade beverages, which are available at nationwide locations starting today.

The new "lemonade platform," as the chain calls it, consists of two new citrusy drinks: the Premium classic Lemonade and the Strawberry Lemonade, both of which can be ordered either as chilled or frozen drinks. They're made with cane sugar and real fruit, and pair perfectly with just about any chicken item on the chain's menu.

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But this isn't the only news from Popeyes. After quietly releasing a brand new chicken sandwich recently, the chain has now also created an "I Don't Know" Meal, meant to help those whose friends or family members simply can't make up their mind about what they want to order. The "meal" is basically an offer you can use when ordering the chain's Chicken Sandwich through the mobile app or online, which will add one of the new premium lemonades to your order for free. Popeyes claims that between the crispy chicken and the refreshing lemonade, the indecisive diner will definitely have their cravings satisfied.

Here are several other major changes Popeyes has made to its menu this year.

Launched its first fish sandwich

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Possibly the most significant announcement to come out of Popeyes this year is the release of the chain's first fish sandwich. While Popeyes is fiercely competitive in the chicken sandwich wars, many wonder whether it can pull off another showstopper with the Cajun Flounder Sandwich.

Popeyes' fish sandwich is modeled after the simplicity of its iconic chicken sandwich. The centerpiece is a fried flounder filet spiced with Cajun seasoning, which is served on a buttery, toasted brioche bun. Two supporting players—barrel cured pickles and Popeyes legacy tartar sauce—round out the flavor profile.

Though this new item hasn't even been on menus for a full month, it appears to be living up to the hype given rave reviews from food critics and customers alike. Have the fish sandwich wars begun?

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Discontinued two sides

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In the cutthroat world of fast food, if you snooze on innovation, you'll likely lose (on the market share). And when new things crop up on the menu, some older, less popular items must go. Such was the case with two of Popeyes's classic sides that lost their place on the menu at the start of the year: Cajun Rice and Green Beans. We sure hope this means some innovative sides are in the works to replace them!

Made a change to its iconic chicken sandwich

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Popeyes recently announced its five-year goals for food quality and sustainability, which will impact many of the chain's menu items, including its famous chicken sandwich. They include removing antibiotics from Popeyes' chicken supply chain in the U.S. and Canada by the end of this year, as well as cutting colors, flavors, and preservatives derived from artificial sources from all fried chicken menu items by the end of 2022.

Don't worry, the chain will still follow its winning chicken formula, which consists of a 12-hour marinade and hand-breading. Now, they'll do it without all the stuff you don't want in your fast food in the first place. For more, check out 108 Most Popular Sodas Ranked By How Toxic They Are.

Mura Dominko
Mura is a senior news editor leading ETNT's coverage of America's favorite fast foods and restaurant chains. Read more