Inflation Hits the Fast Food Counter

The pandemic has led to the largest price spikes at fast-food restaurants in two decades.

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The Era of the Celebrity Meal

Fast-food chains are hungry for celebrity partners to drive sales and appeal to younger consumers. The method is working.

#advertising-and-marketing, #celebrities, #consumer-behavior, #fast-food-industry, #food, #mcdonalds-corporation, #mobile-applications, #restaurants, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states

Peter Buck, Co-Founder of the Subway Sandwich Chain, Dies at 90

The $1,000 loan he gave to a friend’s son was used to start a single sandwich shop. That shop grew into the world’s biggest fast-food chain.

#buck-peter-1930-2021, #deaths-obituaries, #deluca-frederick-1947-2015, #fast-food-industry, #franchises, #restaurants, #sandwiches, #subway-restaurants

Popeyes Opens Its First Location in London

On Saturday, curious customers waited for hours at an East London shopping mall to get a taste of the Louisiana-based restaurant’s fried chicken.

#americans-abroad, #fast-food-industry, #great-britain, #london-england, #popeyes-louisiana-kitchen, #restaurant-brands-international-inc, #restaurants

Chuck Bundrant, Pacific Fisheries’ ‘Henry Ford,’ Dies at 79

In 1961 he arrived in Seattle with no job, no skills and $80. Over the next 60 years, he built a seafood empire and transformed the industry.

#alaska, #bundrant-chuck, #deaths-obituaries, #fast-food-industry, #fishing-commercial, #pollock-fish, #seafood, #trident-seafoods

Everytable Is Trying to Make Healthy Food as Accessible as Fast Food

A former hedge fund trader thinks centralized kitchens and sliding scale prices are going to crack the code of making healthy food affordable for everyone.

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Why Are Fast Food Workers Signing Noncompete Agreements?

Federal and state governments want to curb this widespread employment practice.

#fast-food-industry, #intellectual-property, #internal-sub-only, #labor-and-jobs, #wages-and-salaries

Cliff Freeman, Adman Who Asked, ‘Where’s the Beef?,’ Dies at 80

His humorous touch was evident in commercials for Wendy’s, Little Caesars, Fox Sports and many other clients. “We have to win with wit,” he once said.

#advertising-and-marketing, #cliff-freemanpartners, #deaths-obituaries, #fast-food-industry, #freeman-cliff, #wendys-co

Chicken, Milkshakes, Candy: Scarce in Britain’s Truck Driver Shortage

Because of Brexit and other reasons, Britain doesn’t have enough truck drivers, and that’s causing all sorts of items to go vanish from stores and restaurants.

#fast-food-industry, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #haribo, #labor-and-jobs, #mcdonalds-corporation, #milkshakes, #nandos-restaurant-group-inc, #shortages, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #trucks-and-trucking

Pandemic Wave of Automation May Be Bad News for Workers

The need for social distancing led restaurants and grocery stores to seek technological help. That may improve productivity, but could also cost jobs.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fast-food-industry, #labor-and-jobs, #productivity, #restaurants, #robots-and-robotics, #service-industries, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

‘BTS Meal’ Frenzy Forces Some McDonald’s Outlets in Indonesia to Close

Crowds of delivery drivers responding to a rush of online orders violated safe distancing measures as they flooded unprepared restaurants.

#bts-music-group, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #fast-food-industry, #indonesia, #internal-essential, #jakarta-indonesia, #k-pop, #mcdonalds-corporation

Starbucks, Flush With Customers, Is Running Low on Ingredients

At locations across the country, there have been complaints about shortages of key ingredients for popular drinks, breakfast foods and even cups, lids and straws.

#coffee, #coffeehouses, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fast-food-industry, #johnson-kevin-r, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shortages, #starbucks-corporation

McDonald’s Will Raise Wages at Company-Owned Restaurants

The fast-food company is raising wages at company-owned restaurants, but the move still falls short of demands for a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

#fast-food-industry, #fight-for-15, #labor-and-jobs, #mcdonalds-corporation, #minimum-wage, #wages-and-salaries

Chipotle Is Sued by New York City Over Scheduling Practices

The city seeks $150 million in relief for employees, accusing the fast-food giant of “complete disregard” of a law governing workweeks.

#chipotle-mexican-grill-inc, #fast-food-industry, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #working-hours, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Book Review: ‘Hooked,’ by Michael Moss

Michael Moss’s “Hooked” explores the science of food addiction and the companies that make a profit from manipulating our biological instincts.

#addiction-psychology, #books-and-literature, #fast-food-industry, #food, #hooked-how-to-build-habit-forming-products-book, #labeling-and-labels-product, #moss-michael, #sugar

Drive-Throughs That Predict Your Order? Restaurants Are Thinking Fast

Inspired by pandemic lessons that kept customers in cars, chains are adding more lanes and curbside pickup, improving apps and testing menu boards that use artificial intelligence.

#chipotle-mexican-grill-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #customer-loyalty-programs, #fast-food-industry, #mcdonalds-corporation, #restaurant-brands-international-inc, #restaurants, #shake-shack-inc, #taco-bell-corp

Beef Is Past Its Prime

The burger and I have a juicy past. But do we have a future?

#fast-food-industry, #fungi, #good-food-institute, #meat, #natures-fynd-fynder-group-inc, #proteins, #start-ups

You’ve Heard of Ghost Kitchens. Meet the Ghost Franchises.

Virtual food brands, often driven by real celebrities, are rapidly spreading across the country. Do they help or hurt independent restaurants?

#delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #e-commerce, #fast-food-industry, #franchises, #grubhub-inc, #mobile-applications, #mrbeast-burger-mobile-app, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #virtual-dining-concepts-llc

McDonald’s Joins the Fierce Fight for Chicken Sandwich Supremacy

Fast-food chains like Chick-fil-A and Popeyes have been vying for chicken supremacy, capitalizing on the sandwich’s popularity with customers.

#burger-king-corp, #chick-fil-a, #fast-food-industry, #franchises, #mcdonalds-corporation, #popeyes-louisiana-kitchen, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurant-brands-international-inc, #sandwiches, #united-states

Are Some Foods Addictive

Food researchers debate whether highly processed foods like potato chips and ice cream are addictive, triggering our brains to overeat.

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #american-journal-of-clinical-nutrition, #anxiety-and-stress, #brain, #carbohydrates, #diet-and-nutrition, #emotions, #fast-food-industry, #food, #loneliness, #obesity, #psychology-and-psychologists, #salt, #smoking-and-tobacco, #weight

Fast Food Workers Win More Job Security in N.Y.C.

The New York City Council passed a bill that would shield workers from being fired without a valid reason. Fast food restaurants say the new rules will make it harder to hire and keep the best workers.

#chipotle-mexican-grill-inc, #city-council-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #fast-food-industry, #local-32bj, #new-york-city, #organized-labor, #service-employees-international-union

No One Loves Arby’s Like I Do

The fast food establishment allows me to indulge in an uncomplicated worldview and to exist anonymously for a little bit.

#arbys-inc, #fast-food-industry, #mormons-church-of-jesus-christ-of-latter-day-saints

Chick-fil-A Accuses Poultry Suppliers of Price Fixing

The fast-food chain has named Tyson Foods, Perdue Farms and other producers in a lawsuit, which carries the latest allegations of price fixing in the industry.

#agriculture-and-farming, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #chick-fil-a, #fast-food-industry, #perdue-farms-inc, #pilgrims-pride-corp, #poultry, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #sanderson-farms-inc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tyson-foods-inc

Modern Love: Junk Food Was Our Love Language

To feel close to my father, a man I never fully knew, I eat chicken nuggets.

#chinese-americans, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fast-food-industry, #love-emotion

Do Dunkin’ and Arby’s Go Together? Private Equity Group Bets $11 Billion They Do

Inspire Brands, backed by Roark Capital, is assembling a portfolio of quick-service restaurant chains it thinks will withstand the pandemic.

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A Podcast Answers a Fast-Food Question That Nobody Is Asking

Intentionally inane, “Whatever Happened to Pizza at McDonald’s?” satirizes the business of podcasting.

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Are ‘Kidfluencers’ Making Our Kids Fat?

Popular YouTube channels often bombard young children with thinly veiled ads for junk food, a new study finds.

#advertising-and-marketing, #children-and-childhood, #fast-food-industry, #federal-trade-commission, #food, #obesity, #parenting, #toys, #youtube-com

Travis Scott Meets McDonald’s (It’s Lit!)

A partnership between the rapper and the fast-food chain is a melding of the merchandising minds.

#advertising-and-marketing, #fashion-and-apparel, #fast-food-industry, #mcdonalds-corporation, #rap-and-hip-hop, #scott-travis-1992

Franchise Workers Win Victory Over U.S. Effort to Curb Lawsuits

A judge rebuffed a Labor Department move that made it harder for employees to win judgments against parent companies over pay violations.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #fast-food-industry, #franchises, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #minimum-wage, #overtime, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Retail Chains Abandon Manhattan: ‘It’s Unsustainable’

Some national chains, both retail and restaurants, are closing outlets in New York City, which are struggling more than their branches elsewhere.

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McDonald’s Sues Former C.E.O. Steve Easterbrook

The fast-food chain said Steve Easterbrook, who was fired last fall, concealed evidence during an investigation into his conduct.

#metoo-movement, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #easterbrook-stephen-j-1967, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #executive-compensation, #fast-food-industry, #mcdonalds-corporation, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Food Brands Tweet #BlackLivesMatter, but What’s Behind the Words?

In addition to declaring solidarity, the fast-food industry could make changes to protect the health and safety of black employees.

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McDonald’s Details What Dining In Will Look Like

The fast-food chain distributed a guide to franchise owners with instructions like putting “closed” signs on tables to promote social-distancing and cleaning bathrooms every half-hour.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fast-food-industry, #franchises, #mcdonalds-corporation, #restaurants

Meat Shortages Start to Hit Grocery Stores and Restaurants

Hundreds of Wendy’s restaurants aren’t serving hamburgers and grocery stores are limiting meat purchases, as shoppers begin to feel the impact of meatpacking plant shutdowns.

#beef, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #costco-wholesale-corporation, #fast-food-industry, #hy-vee-inc, #kroger-company, #meat, #pork, #shutdowns-institutional, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #united-states, #wendys-co

Drive-Throughs Are Now a Lifeline for Fast-Food Chains

With dine-in restaurants shuttered and social distancing paramount, drive-throughs are now providing a crucial source of revenue during the pandemic.

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Some Companies Seeking Bailouts Had Piles of Cash, Then Spent It

They poured the money into stock buybacks and dividends. Now, those hurting from the pandemic want government aid.

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How Covid-19 Is Making Millions of Americans Healthier

People are finally cooking more.

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Coronavirus Fears and the Need for Paid Sick Leave

As the coronavirus spreads, the public interest demands that employers abandon their longstanding resistance to paid sick leave.

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