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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

#arbys-inc, #baskin-robbins, #buffalo-wild-wings, #coffee, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dunkin-donuts, #fast-food-industry, #inspire-brands-inc, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #private-equity, #restaurants, #roark-capital-group, #sonic-drive-in

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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.

#advertising-and-marketing, #alaska, #bering-sea, #darnielle-john, #fast-food-industry, #indiegogo-com, #los-angeles-calif, #mcdonalds-corporation, #mountain-goats-music-group, #ohio, #pizza, #podcasts, #trump-donald-j

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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

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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

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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

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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.

#ark-restaurants-corp, #bryant-park-grill, #coronavirus-reopenings, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #fast-food-industry, #labor-and-jobs, #landlords, #neiman-marcus-group, #new-york-city, #real-estate-commercial, #restaurants, #shopping-and-retail, #shopping-centers-and-malls, #tgi-fridays, #victorias-secret

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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

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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.

#advertising-and-marketing, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #burger-king-corp, #chick-fil-a, #coca-cola-company, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #fast-food-industry, #food, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #mcdonalds-corporation, #minimum-wage, #pepsico-inc, #popeyes-louisiana-kitchen, #public-relations-and-publicity, #race-and-ethnicity, #social-media, #wendys-co

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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

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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

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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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #fast-food-industry, #fight-for-15, #food, #franchises, #mcdonalds-corporation, #quarantines, #restaurants, #taco-bell-corp, #texas-roadhouse-inc

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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.

#american-airlines, #boeing-company, #buffett-warren-e, #business-roundtable, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #creed-greg, #davebusters-inc, #dimon-james, #fast-food-industry, #fink-laurence-d, #kentucky-fried-chicken, #mcdonalds-corporation, #papa-johns-international-inc, #restaurants, #stock-buybacks, #yum-brands-inc

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How Covid-19 Is Making Millions of Americans Healthier

People are finally cooking more.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diabetes, #diet-and-nutrition, #epidemics, #fast-food-industry, #food, #heart, #quarantines, #social-media, #soft-drinks

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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.

#burger-king-corp, #chick-fil-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #darden-restaurants-inc, #fast-food-industry, #jack-in-the-box-inc, #mcdonalds-corporation, #olive-garden-italian-restaurants, #paid-time-off, #quarantines, #restaurants, #wendys-co

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