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Hamburger Helper gets a new name

Kai Ryssdal Jul 15, 2013
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Hamburger Helper is changing with the times. The company is changing its name to simply, Helper. 

For one thing, hamburger is no longer America’s main protein. Chicken has taken that title away.

And General Mills, the company behind Hamburger Helper, is pushing to consolidate its other flavors under the Helper name.

“They’ve had other varieties. There’s Tuna Helper, there’s Chicken Helper.” Venessa Wong, reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek says. “They decided hamburger felt a little outdated and was limiting the brand.”

Another reason for the change: Social media.

“Today, working moms are still their core demographic, however, they found that lots of young men are also eating Helper,” Wong says. “Half of the people that are talking about Helper on Twitter are young men.”

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