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  • Burger King is in talks to buy Tim Hortons

    08/24/2014 7:27:28 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 41 replies
    National Post ^ | August 24, 2014 | Financial Post Staff
    Tim Hortons coffee could soon be the property of Burger King Worldwide, with the two companies confirming late Sunday night that they are in discussions for the U.S. burger chain to buy Canada’s iconic coffee and donut chain. The big draw for Burger King, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, is the potential for tax inversion — effectively relocating the company’s home base to Canada to take advantage of the country’s comparatively lower tax base. The two companies issued a statement confirming they are in discussions “regarding the potential creation of a global leader in the quick...
  • KFC Owner Gets Handwritten Apology From Patron who Took Extra Piece of Chicken

    08/10/2014 4:47:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    A Nebraska diner who felt guilty for absconding with an extra piece of KFC chicken sent the restaurant owner a handwritten apology letter and $2. Rocky Rasmussen, the owner of a North Platte KFC, got the unsigned letter in the mail. "This $2 is for the piece of chicken I brought home with me on Tuesday," the letter read. "That's stealing. Sorry!" The conscience of the chicken connoisseur kicked in after he or she claimed an extra poultry piece from the buffet at the restaurant. "I took more on my plate than I could eat and I knew it would...
  • McDonald's July sales fell more than expected

    08/08/2014 9:57:08 AM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 88 replies
    Drudge Report/CNBC ^ | August 08,2014 | CNBC.com staff | @CNBC
    McDonald's on Friday reported July sales results that were much worse than analysts had expected. The dismal results prompted Janney Capital Markets to lower its estimates for the fast-food giant. Its analysts said the results "were the worst worldwide month in the last 10 years, once trading-day adjustments are taken into account."
  • McDonald's July sales fell more than expected

    08/08/2014 12:21:40 PM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    CNBC ^ | August 8, 2014 | Staff
    McDonald's on Friday reported July sales results that were much worse than analysts had expected. Following the report, the company's shares traded lower. The fast-food giant reported global same-store sales fell 2.5 percent, compared with the 1.1 percent drop forecast by Consensus Metrix. The dismal results prompted Janney Capital Markets to lower its estimates for the fast-food giant. Its analysts said the results "were the worst worldwide month in the last 10 years, once trading-day adjustments are taken into account."
  • Man Buys 23 Burger King Apple Pies to Spite a Small (Spoiled Rotten, Bratty) Child

    08/07/2014 7:24:09 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 128 replies
    Eater.com ^ | Eater.com
    <p>Apparently, after waiting in line in front of a careless mother and her screaming small child, a man who was having a bad day (and had a headache) decided to ruin that family's day: The child was screaming "I want fucking pie!" so the man bought up every last pie — all 23 of them — and walked out of the Burger King location, turning only to see the enraged mother and child, helpless as the cashier told them that the restaurant had just sold out of pie.</p>
  • The cashiers at this McDonald's were replaced by machines.(Romeoville, IL.)$15.00 an hour?

    08/06/2014 5:33:32 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 52 replies
    Imgur ^ | 8/6/2014 | Imgur
  • Pizza pronto! Vending machine that rustles up a fresh pie in just THREE minutes...

    08/05/2014 10:25:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 7, 2014 | Sadie Whitelocks
    A pizza vending machine takes convenience food to a whole new level, delivering fresh pies to customers in just three minutes 24/7. The Let's Pizza unit invented by Claudio Torghele, an entrepreneur from Rovereto, Italy, mixes flour and water together and presses the dough flat to create a 10.5 inch base. Desired toppings are then added and the meal is flash-cooked in a high temperature infrared oven at 380 degrees Celsius. While the baking process is underway, a takeaway box is prepared. The finished pie is then placed in the cardboard container and delivered through a slot. As they wait...
  • McDonald's Could Be Liable for Labor Practices ("Joint employer," Obama's NLRB jumps the shark)

    07/29/2014 11:13:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | July 29, 2014 | Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer
    McDonald's is coming under intensifying pressure for labor practices at its U.S. restaurants. The National Labor Relations Board said Tuesday that the world's biggest hamburger chain could be named as a joint employer in several complaints regarding worker rights at franchise-owned restaurants. The decision is pivotal because it could expose McDonald's Corp. to liability for management practices in those locations. It also comes as protests for higher pay have captured national attention, with labor groups calling for pay of $15 an hour and the right to unionize. Organizers had been pushing to get McDonald's named as a joint employer at...
  • Fast food workers vow civil disobedience (Demand $15/hr. minimum wage, unions)

    07/26/2014 5:59:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    VILLA PARK, Ill. — Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted today to escalate their efforts for $15-an-hour pay and union membership to include nonviolent civil disobedience. More than 1,300 workers gathered in a convention in center in suburban Chicago to discuss the future of a campaign that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years. Wearing T-shirts that said “Fight for $15” and “We Are Worth More,” the workers cheered loudly and said they would win if they stuck together. “People are just fed up,” said Cindy...
  • China meat scandal spreads to Japan in Chicken McNuggets

    07/22/2014 11:21:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Shanghai (AFP) - A scandal involving expired meat sold by a China unit of US food supplier OSI Group spread to Japan Tuesday, as McDonald's confirmed that the now shut factory provided Chicken McNuggets to its restaurants. Shanghai authorities on Sunday shut an OSI plant -- a supplier to McDonald's and KFC in China -- for mixing out-of-date meat with fresh product, re-labelling expired goods and other quality problems following an investigative report by a local television station. A Tokyo-based spokesman for McDonald's Japan told AFP the restaurant chain had sourced about 20 percent of its McNuggets from the Shanghai...
  • McDonald’s, KFC face new food scandal after workers serve food off floor

    07/21/2014 1:16:57 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 49 replies
    NYPost ^ | July 21, 2014 | Reuters
    McDonald’s Corp. and Yum Brands Inc. are facing a new food safety scare in China, denting the fast food giants’ efforts to shore up reputations and businesses that were hurt by a 2012 safety scandal in one of their biggest markets. McDonald’s and KFC-parent Yum apologized to customers on Monday after Chinese regulators shut a local meat supplier following a TV report that showed workers picking up meat from a factory floor, as well as mixing meat beyond its expiration date with fresh meat. The firms said they’ll stop using the supplier. The report, which focused on McDonald’s and Yum,...
  • McDonald’s in Hong Kong Is Available for Weddings, Receptions and Bridal Showers

    07/19/2014 1:32:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    We think Cheryl Cole’s missed a trick with her quickie wedding on Macaroni Beach in Mustique. Just look at what she could have had – her very own McWedding (Drive Thru or marry in). Yes, McDonald’s has the answer for all those normcore brides out there. Well, at least the ones willing to travel to Hong Kong. The fast food chain has been slowly expanding its wedding party program since 2011 and now boasts 11 restaurants that double up as budget wedding venues, all in Hong Kong. And not only can you have the wedding ceremony there, they’ll also host...
  • Just Who Is That Wendy's Girl?

    07/17/2014 9:52:04 AM PDT · by Rides_A_Red_Horse · 108 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 16, 2014 | Lizbeth Scordo
    She’s got copper-colored locks, a peppy personality, an ethnically diverse group of friends, and she knows how to talk millions of Americans into buying a Monterey Ranch Crispy Chicken Sandwich. She’s the Wendy’s Girl. The actress who has played the all-knowing, slightly kooky burger lover for two years is a 28-year-old Alabama native named Morgan Smith Goodwin. (She added her second surname after marrying Dave Goodwin, manager of New York City restaurant Gramercy Tavern.) And while her character has remained nameless in the fast food chain’s TV commercials, it’s not a far stretch to assume she’s Wendy, the freckled little...
  • Unwrapping Burger King's whopper of a gay marketing ploy

    07/12/2014 10:21:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    The Daily Dot ^ | July 11, 2014 | Matt Saccaro
    Last week, Burger King unveiled the greatest monument to ad decadence this year (so far): The Proud Whopper. What, pray tell, is a Proud Whopper? It's a whopper with a rainbow-colored wrapper. Outside of that, it's identical to a normal whopper—and that's the point Burger King is trying to make. When the wrapper is opened, it states “we are all the same inside.” Just so, an asexual person or a gay person is the same on the inside as a straight person; we're all blood, guts, and bones with sinews holding it all together. A Burger King PR rep will...
  • McDonald’s Has the Worst Hamburger in the Country, According to New Consumer Reports Study

    07/03/2014 4:09:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 160 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | Chelsea Hirsch
    The Habit Burger and In-N-Out lead the pack. Chick-fil-A also has lots to squawk about. Turns out nobody’s loving it. The standard McDonald’s hamburger — the one that claims to satisfy “billions and billions” — finished dead last in a new Consumer Reports taste test. The Hamburglar’s favorite meal earned a score of just 5.8 out of 10 from the magazine’s readers, putting it far behind West Coast chains The Habit Burger Grill and In-N-Out Burger, which scored 8.1 out of 10 and 8 out of 10, respectively. The top fast food burger available locally was Five Guys Burgers and...
  • Finally: Burger King’s Whopper comes out as gay

    07/03/2014 10:05:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 2, 2014 | Allahpundit
    We McDonald’s fans always suspected (the campiness of “the King” was a dead giveaway) and now, at long last, confirmation. Good for you, Whopper. Be who you are. Good call by Ace too in remembering the SNL “Schmitt’s Gay” joke ad from the Farley/Sandler era. American politics has been mostly a function of identity politics for awhile now. It’s past time for American fast food to follow suit. Besides, there’s already a “straight burger,” isn’t there? A Twitter buddy, seizing on the idea of “identity” burgers, floated the idea of an atheist burger. To which Andy Levy replied: Allahpundit @allahpundit...
  • CFPB Announces Broad New Powers [satire]

    06/22/2014 11:05:37 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 June 2014 | John Semmens
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced in the Federal Register that it will “aggressively deploy cease and desist orders against businesses whose activities are a detriment to the nation’s well-being.” For the moment this new authority is “interim.” It is expected to become final on July 18. “For too long the Government has sat idly by while businesses have foisted unsafe and unhealthy products on an unsuspecting public,” CFPB Director Richard Cordray charged. “Under Section 1053(c) of the Dodd-Frank Act, we are empowered to protect the general public by ordering offending businesses to cease and desist.” Two industries that are...
  • The breakfast wars

    06/07/2014 2:29:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    QSRWeb.com ^ | June 6, 2014 | Ed Zimmerman
    Up and down the foodservice spectrum, breakfast is heating up. Here are some recent developments: •Taco Bell introduced a breakfast menu trading on ubiquitous locations and a massive promo of the Waffle Taco. The Bell blitzed social media and took direct aim at rival McDonald’s, including an ad campaign making fun of Ronald the clown. •McDonald’s countered with an offer for free morning cup of McCafe and started promoting its McGriddle pancake wrapped breakfast sandwich. •Not to be forgotten, runner up, Burger King took a different approach, and announced it would serve burgers as well as breakfast fare each morning....
  • I work in fast food and I’m not a teenager (MSM doubling down on socialism)

    05/30/2014 3:23:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    CNN Money ^ | May 30, 2014: 8:13 AM ET | Patrick M. Sheridan
    … In 1979, teenagers held 26% of all low-wage jobs, while adults aged 25-64 made up less than half of such workers, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, which analyzed the low wage workforce over a 30-year span. Today, only 12% of low paying jobs are held by teenagers, while adults make up 60% of them. Also, only 20% of such workers had attended some college in 1979. Today, it’s 33%. […] A key argument behind the latest wave of strikes to raise wages to $15 an hour is that fast food workers these days are no...
  • Fast food CEO: Minimum wage hikes closing locations

    05/30/2014 11:53:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 101 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 5/30/14 | cnbc
    CKE Restaurants' roots began in California roughly seven decades ago, but you won't see the parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's expanding there much anymore. Related Stories What's causing what company CEO Andy Puzder describes as "very little growth" in the state? In part it's because "the minimum wage is so high so it's harder to come up with profitable business models," Puzder said in an interview. The state's minimum wage is set to rise to $9 in July, making it among the nation's highest, and $10 by January 2016. In cities in other states where the minimum wage...
  • Arby's airing 13-hour commercial

    05/24/2014 3:54:58 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 43 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | May 24, 2014 | QMI Agency
    If your idea of a perfect weekend is staring at your TV and salivating while watching a beef brisket being smoked, you should be in Duluth, Minn., Saturday. Starting at 2 p.m. ET and wrapping up at 3 a.m. ET on Sunday, local TV station My9 will be airing a non-stop commercial for Arby's smokehouse brisket sandwich. “As you’d expect, the idea around airing a commercial for 13 hours required that we cast a pretty wide net,” Arby’s spokesman Jeff Baker told the Duluth News Tribune. “There were very few folks who could do this the right way, and we...
  • Protesters target McDonald's headquarters in pay fight

    05/22/2014 6:12:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 51 replies
    ChicagoTribune.com ^ | May 22, 2014 | Jessica Wohl
    Hundreds of McDonald's workers and community activists staged a protest Wednesday near the fast-food chain's headquarters in Oak Brook, seeking a wage increase to at least $15 per hour for employees.
  • Fast-Food Workers Walk Off Jobs Worldwide: Walk-outs planned for Thursday in 150 U.S. cities

    05/15/2014 6:37:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    AOL Jobs ^ | 05/15/2014 | Carol Kopp
    It started with a brief walkout at a few restaurants in New York City back in November 2012, but on Thursday the campaign against low pay at America's fast food restaurants morphed into a global push. By 9 a.m., the organizing group FastFoodGlobal.org reported that two McDonalds outlets in New York City and one in Boston were shut down. Hours ago, young workers in the Philippines staged a singing and dancing flash mob inside a downtown Manila McDonalds during the morning rush hour. Their choice of music was the song "Let It Go" from Frozen. When the news from abroad...
  • Fast-food workers strike for higher wage

    05/15/2014 6:19:16 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 40 replies
    WCTI12.com ^ | May 15,2014 | WCTI Staff
    Greenville, Pitt County-Fast-food workers in Greenville held a strike on Thursday demanding a raise in pay. Strikers want a $15 an hour minimum wage. The fast-food employees from McDonald's, Wendy's, and Burger King also want to form a union without retaliation.
  • Fast food worker strikes planned in 150 cities

    05/13/2014 3:22:07 PM PDT · by kingattax · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | May 7, 2014 | By Patrick M. Sheridan
    The fast-food worker strikes are expanding to more U.S. cities and going global. Workers in up to 150 cities across the country are planning to strike on May 15, according to labor organizers. The movement is also headed overseas, with plans for workers to join protests in 33 countries. On Wednesday, the workers announced the protests outside a McDonald's in New York City, and delivered a letter that called on the fast food giant to raise wages and respect workers' rights worldwide. However, security guards didn't allow the workers to bring the letter inside the restaurant. So, they posted the...
  • Jack in the Box Caves to Gun Control Pressure, Restricts Open Carry

    05/10/2014 1:19:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2014 | Courtney O'Brien
    Jack in the Box, a popular fast-food restaurant chain, has followed Starbucks' unfortunate lead in limiting its customers' Second Amendment rights. Friday, the company announced it would start enforcing its no-firearms-in-stores policy. Jack in the Box’s Vice President of Corporate Communications Brian Luscomb released this statement: “The presence of guns inside a restaurant could create an uncomfortable situation for our guests and employees and lead to unintended consequences.” The company's decision comes a day after gun control group Moms Demand Action launched a petition to pressure the restaurant to enforce the policy. They started the campaign in response to...
  • 10 Reasons Chick-fil-A Is The Best Fast Food Chain In America

    04/29/2014 1:12:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/29/2014 | ASHLEY LUTZ AND HAYLEY PETERSON
    Chick-fil-A is the best fast food chain in America. The chicken joint won the "best overall" category in Business Insider's Fast Food Reader's Choice awards. Chick-fil-A, which is planning a massive national expansion, beat out competitors like Chipotle and McDonald's. The chicken chain, which now outsells KFC despite having a fraction of the locations, is popular for many reasons. 1. Chicken sandwich This chicken sandwich is amazing. According to Chick-fil-A, it's "a boneless breast of chicken seasoned to perfection, hand-breaded, pressure cooked in 100% refined peanut oil and served on a toasted, buttered bun with dill pickle chips." While no...
  • 18 Awesome Fast Food Items You Can't Get In The US

    04/28/2014 4:19:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 28, 2014 | Hayley Peterson
    Americans are consuming less fast food and causing chains like McDonald's, Burger King and KFC to ramp up their international expansion. Restaurants have had to come up with some pretty creative menu offerings to cater to local tastes. We reviewed the menus overseas for a handful of the world's top fast food chains, and compiled some of our favorites. Too bad you can't find them on menus in the U.S. Pizza Hut's Crown Crust Pizzas Where: Middle East What it is: Pizza Hut sells a variety of Crown Crust pizzas with various meats cooked inside the crust, including mini cheeseburgers,...
  • After anti-gay flap, Chick-fil-A wings in new direction [backing away from social issues]

    04/08/2014 6:13:42 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 187 replies
    KENS News 5 ^ | 04/08/2014 | Bruce Horovitz
    Chick-fil-A is finally crossing the road. The iconic chicken chain, as well-known for its conservative heritage as its savory eats, is recalibrating its moral and culinary compass. It wants to go from old school to almost cool. It wants to evolve from a place where gays once picketed to a place where they'll feel comfortable going to eat. It wants to broaden the brand as it expands nationally and plows into the Millennial-driven urban arena. Above all: it wants to be a serious player on fast-food's biggest stage. USA TODAY was exclusively invited inside to visit the company's sprawling, wooded...
  • How Chick-Fil-A Is Outselling KFC With A Fraction Of The Restaurants

    03/31/2014 12:27:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 109 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/31/2014 | ASHLEY LUTZ
    Chick-fil-A has surpassed KFC as the top chicken fast food chain.  Chick-fil-A's sales in 2013 passed $5 billion, compared with KFC's $4.2 billion, reports Venessa Wong at Bloomberg Businessweek. Chick-fil-A has 1,775 U.S. stores, while KFC has 4,491. Despite a smaller footprint, Chick-fil-A's average sales are more than triple those of its larger competitor, Wong writes. And Chick-fil-A achieves these results despite being closed on Sundays for religious reasons. Wong illustrates a couple of reasons for Chick-fil-A's success. 
  • New Taco Bell ad: Even Ronald McDonald likes our breakfast

    03/27/2014 12:02:38 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 20 replies
    Louisville Biz ^ | 03-26-2014 | Caitlin Bowling
    Taco Bell takes direct aim at McDonald’s Corp. in a new advertisement. California-based Taco Bell first fired a shot at the burger chain in October when David Novak, CEO of Taco Bell’s parent company Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM), announced that Taco Bell would roll out a breakfast menu nationwide in 2014, Business First reported. The menu, which includes a waffle taco and A.M. Crunchwrap, debuted in Taco Bell locations across the United States today. McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) has long dominated fast-food breakfast with its Egg McMuffins and hash browns. To drive home the point that its foray into breakfast is...
  • Quiznos files for bankruptcy (tough week for fast food chains)

    03/15/2014 12:02:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 03/15/2014 | By Katie Lobosco
    Quiznos has filed for bankruptcy protection, five days after the Sbarro pizza chain did the same. Executives at the restaurant chain, known for its toasted sandwiches, agreed to a restructuring plan that will reduce its debt by more than $400 million, the company said in a statement Friday. All but seven of Quizno's 2,100 restaurants in the United States and 30 other countries are independently owned franchises, and will remain open and operating as usual. Quiznos once had more than 5,000 stores and could have threatened rival Subway's hold on the sub market. But now, Subway has nearly 20 times...
  • Toasty Or Toasted? Quiznos Follows Sbarro Into Bankruptcy [Obamanomics Fail]

    03/15/2014 3:53:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 71 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3/16/14 | Brian Solomon
    Restaurant chains are dropping like flies this week. On Monday pizza franchise Sbarro dipped into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Following in its footsteps on Friday, sub shop Quiznos announced that it too would sink into bankruptcy as part of a “pre-packaged” deal to cut its debt by more than $400 million, or two-thirds.
  • Chipotle says it could remove guacamole from its menu due to climate change

    03/04/2014 7:31:34 PM PST · by barmag25 · 72 replies
    Wcpo ^ | 3/4/14 | Wcpo staff
    CINCINNATI -- Fans of Chipotle may soon have to say goodbye to their beloved guacamole, the company said in its latest annual report. The Mexican fast food chain announced in recent Securities and Exchange Commission filings it could temporarily suspend sales of guacamole and some salsas due to an increase in food costs. Those increases are being caused by global warming, the Denver-based chain said.
  • Quiznos Preparing to File for Bankruptcy Protection

    02/27/2014 3:08:54 PM PST · by Perdogg · 67 replies
    Sandwich chain Quiznos is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection within weeks as it contends with declining sales and a lofty debt load, people familiar with the matter said. The company, which has about $570 million in debt, has been negotiating with creditors for weeks on a restructuring plan that would streamline its trip through bankruptcy court, these people said. A final deal on a so-called prepackaged restructuring plan hasn't yet been reached, they said.
  • Eatery Chain ‘Hot Dog On A Stick’ Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    02/08/2014 11:58:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    KCAL-TV ^ | February 3, 2014
    Carlsbad-based chain Hot Dog on a Stick filed a Chapter 11 petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles on Monday. The company, known widely for staff in brightly-colored, striped uniforms and impaled corn dogs, said in a statement that it is seeking relief in order to reorganize and restructure its business. Hot Dog on a Stick, which currently operates 93 locations, said that it plans to continue business as usual throughout the bankruptcy proceedings. The company also said that, in addition to working to save money in the supply chain and in stores, it has made significant reductions to...
  • Subway Takes Chemical Out of Sandwich Bread After Protest

    02/06/2014 4:44:51 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    ABC ^ | Susan Donaldson James
    Subway said today it is removing a chemical used in yoga mats and shoe soles from the bread of it its popular sandwiches after a food blogger got more than 50,000 signatures in a petition drive. "The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon," Subway said in a statement. The company said the move had nothing to do with the protest and that it was "already in the process of removing azodicarbonamide as part of our bread improvement efforts." But Vani Hari, the activist blogger who takes credit for the removal of yellow...
  • Health groups call on fast-food to drop soda from kids' menu

    02/04/2014 6:13:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 3, 2014 | UPI
    Health organizations and U.S. nutrition experts say they are calling on fast-food restaurant chains to take sugary drinks off their children's menus. Margo G. Wootan, nutrition policy director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said McDonald's agreed to drop soda and sugary drinks from Happy Meal menus last year, and 100 U.S. and local health organizations along with nutritional experts said in a letter to Wendy's, Burger King and 21 other restaurant chains that they too should remove the items from their children's menus. Subway, Chipotle, Arby's and Panera already exclude sugary drinks from kids' meals. "With...
  • Lack of regulation of fast food fueling obesity epidemic, study says

    02/03/2014 11:14:39 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 3, 2014 | Reuters
    <p>Governments could slow or even reverse the growing obesity epidemic if they introduced more regulation into the global market for fast foods such as burgers, chips and fizzy drinks, researchers said on Monday.</p> <p>A study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that if governments took firmer action, they could start to prevent people becoming overweight and obese - conditions with serious long-term consequences such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancer.</p>
  • McDonald's sees fewer customers, sales disappoint

    01/23/2014 6:59:04 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 173 replies
    NEW YORK (AP) -- McDonald's reported disappointing sales for its fourth quarter Thursday, as the world's largest hamburger chain saw fewer customers visit its restaurants. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company says global sales slipped 0.1 percent at established locations. In the U.S., where it recently revamped its Dollar Menu to include items that cost a little more, the figure fell 1.4 percent.
  • Subway joins first lady Michelle Obama's healthy eating effort

    01/26/2014 12:10:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    Michelle Obama is getting a new ally in her campaign to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. The first lady was expected to announce Thursday that the Subway sandwich chain will spend $41 million over three years to encourage finicky young eaters to eat more food that comes out of the ground or grows on trees. The announcement was being made at a Subway shop near the White House. Subway will only offer a kids' menu that mirrors federal standards for school lunches. That includes offering apples on the side and low-fat or nonfat plain milk or water...
  • Move over Jared: Michelle Obama becomes Subway's newest celeb partner

    01/23/2014 10:02:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 103 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/14/14 | Dave Boyer
    They probably won’t promote their 6-inch big hot pastrami sandwich, but the Subway chain of restaurants is partnering with first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to persuade kids to eat healthier meals. Subway and the first lady’s office announced a three-year commitment Thursday in support of Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. The sandwich shops will promote efforts aimed at getting children to eat more fruits and vegetables. Subway offers a variety of low-fat sandwiches on its menu, along with choices that probably wouldn’t get the first lady’s approval, such as the six-inch chicken and bacon ranch melt with cheese, which contains...
  • Man Loses 40 Pounds On McDonald’s Diet

    01/06/2014 4:10:04 PM PST · by upbeat5 · 20 replies
    WREG Memphis ^ | January 6, 2014 | George Brown
    (Colo, IA) A teacher in Colo, Iowa, decided to eat only at McDonald’s for 90 days to see what it would do to his health. The result turned out to be a good lesson for him and his students. “I can eat any food at McDonald’s I want as long as I’m smart for the rest of the day with what I balance it out with,” said science teacher John Cisna said That was the theory Cisna laid out for three of his students at Colo-Nesco high school this past fall. Ninety days of Mickey D’s for breakfast, lunch and...
  • Pizza Patrón embracing Mexican roots

    01/02/2014 9:49:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Pizza Marketplace ^ | December 31, 2013
    Pizza Patrón executives intend to roll out multiple new strategies designed to bring the brand closer to its core Mexican-born customers in 2014. The company plans to execute an array of updated branding programs that include new product development, unique promotions, traditional advertising, digital, social media and public relations, according to a company press release. This marks a significant narrowing of focus for the brand that started franchising in 2003, with the objective of becoming the nation's premier Latino pizza brand. The company gained notoriety from its unconventional programs like "Pizza Por Pesos," where customers could use pesos as a...
  • Fast food CEO: How govt regulation is driving us abroad

    01/01/2014 5:22:02 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | Jan 1,201; | Katie Little
    Easier to open in Siberia than California "Under the current U.S. business climate, regulatory and tax restrictions tend to curb otherwise dynamic entrepreneurial energy," Puzder said. "We'd love to see more growth in domestic markets. Unfortunately, it's easier for our franchisees to open a restaurant in Siberia than in California." In the U.S., the company's Hardee's division is expanding in New York, New Jersey, Chicago and South Florida. Meanwhile, the Carl's Jr. division is growing in Texas and the Seattle area. Challenges to U.S. expansion Puzder named ethanol regulation, which has resulted in higher beef costs, a rising minimum wage...
  • McDonald’s to workers: Don’t eat our food!

    12/25/2013 7:49:45 PM PST · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 24, 2013 | Bob Fredericks
    <p>McDonald’s has some healthy advice for its workers – don’t eat at McDonald’s.</p> <p>The fast-food behemoth recently posted the jaw-dropping tip on its Web site for employees, warning that the very same burgers and fries they sling for their legions of customers are hazardous to their health.</p>
  • Influential voices in food movement seek better worker wages

    12/25/2013 10:57:28 AM PST · by thecodont · 42 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 10:01 pm, Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | Joe Garofoli
    Since he wrote "Fast Food Nation" more than a decade ago, muckraking author Eric Schlosser has noticed a sympathy gap in the food movement that he helped foster. Some foodies seem to care more about the treatment of the animals they eat than the workers who prepare and serve them. "It's not all foodies by any means," Schlosser said. "But the food movement can get sidetracked into wealthy, upper-middle-class people caring about food as status, caring about food as pleasure. I'm a huge supporter of animal welfare, but the compassion for the abuse of animals is so much more excessive,...
  • Robot hamburger factory makes 360 Gourmet Burgers every hour...

    12/11/2013 2:31:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    Next Big Future Blog ^ | December 5, 2013 | Brian Wang
    Momentum Machines robot enables a restaurant can offer gourmet quality burgers at fast food prices. It does everything employees can do except better: * it slices toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible. * their next revision will offer custom meat grinds for every single customer. Want a patty with 1/3 pork and 2/3 bison ground to order? No problem. * Also, our next revision will use gourmet cooking techniques never before used in a fast food restaurant, giving the patty the perfect char but keeping in...
  • Fast-food jobs can offer tremendous opportunities (90% of Dominoes owners began as employees)

    12/11/2013 12:22:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Voices for Reason ^ | December 10, 2013 | Doug Altner
    We are often told that individuals are “stuck” in fast food jobs, as if there is no hope for advancement or development. But these aren’t dead end jobs for people willing to learn, grow, and work really, really hard. At Domino’s Pizza, over 90 percent of franchise owners started out as hourly employees, and the chain’s 5,000 locations are largely owned and operated by franchisees. Rob Cookston is one such owner who worked his way up. Cookston started delivering pizzas out of his cherry red Volkswagen Beetle 25 years ago. But, eyeing the store owner’s yellow Ferrari, Cookston knew that...
  • Minimum Wage Activist: I Want $15 per Hour so I Don’t Have to Work so Much

    12/08/2013 8:07:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    Believing that fast food companies pay their unskilled labor low wages primarily because they are greedy capitalist pigs, protestors flocked to McDonalds and Wendy’s last Thursday. Well… “Flocked” might be a strong descriptive term. The pro-union activists, nonetheless, demanded from the purveyors of low quality food-like products that employees get a bump in pay. Currently, minimum wage is set at $7.25 per hour. The economically challenged protestors of market driven wages are asking the profit-driven businesses to increase that wage to $15 per hour. Heck. Why stop there? Let’s kick it up to 25, or 40 dollars per hour....