Chick-fil-A recent reveal that it may be exploring vegan options, for example, is part of this second stage.
Next, Norris told Insider, comes prototype and development. Once the chain has a feel of how customers respond to certain products in the “imagine” stage, the restaurant begins creating prototypes for testing. If there are 50 options in the previous stage, you might create 20 prototypes during development.
After prototypes are developed, they go through validating and testing. At this fourth stage, customers might test a potential menu item in select stores.
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“Essentially, we try to think about different geographical areas, different concept types, different sales volumes — because we really want to get a feel for ... does it sell well in New York? Does it sell well in Atlanta? How about out in LA?” Norris told the site.
For example, the restaurant recently experimented with its Spicy Chick-n-Strips by initially rolling out the item in Philadelphia and Texas, and later in Phoenix.
"We only see it growing — just looking at just what we sell in our spicy sandwich," Norris said earlier this month. "So, I think you're going to see Chick-fil-A do more with spicy."
And finally, we’re at the launch stage. But according to Norris, the rollout process doesn’t just immediately follow testing. Sometimes there are tweaks to be made. After all, “something sort of has to earn its place on the menu,” she said.
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