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McDonald's Adds Butter, Snaps 2-Year Earnings Skid

Chain credits menu changes for uptick

(Newser) - McDonald's sales just snapped a two-year losing streak, edging up at US locations during the third quarter. Sales rose 0.9%, while globally they rose 4%, and the company expects the trend to continue in the final quarter. As a result, shares jumped nearly 7% to $109.40, striking... More »

Here's the Latest Chain to Go Antibiotics-Free

Subway plans to be antibiotics-free by 2025

(Newser) - Subway said Tuesday that it plans to switch to meat raised without antibiotics over the next several years. The announcement comes after the company was targeted by advocacy groups calling for the change, with a coalition planning to deliver petitions to Subway's headquarters on Thursday. The sandwich chain had... More »

McDonald's Franchisees No Longer Loving It

Menu changes are increasing lines and expenses for restaurant owners

(Newser) - Kale , McGriddles, yogurt parfaits, antibiotic-free chicken, a sexy Hamburglar . McDonald's has tried all these and more in recent years to shore up lackluster sales. But not only have these attempts largely failed, they're beginning to alienate the company's 5,000 franchisees, whose restaurants bring in one-third... More »

McDonald’s Changing Menus in a Big Way

All-day breakfast starts next month

(Newser) - The tests apparently went well . In what the Wall Street Journal calls the company's "biggest operational change in years," McDonald's will begin serving all-day breakfast starting October 6. Franchisees voted in favor of the move, which will require not just overhauled menus but overhauled logistics—the... More »

Fast-Food Fantasy Come to Life? the 'McWhopper'

This could be happening if Burger King gets its wish to team up with McDonald's

(Newser) - Imagine Ronald McDonald and the Burger King monarch working the grill together for one glorious day. That's BK's proposal to its No. 1 rival, put forth on its , which suggests the two fast-food foes team up on Sept. 21 to create a sandwich by that very... More »

Why Wendy's Spent 3 Years Looking for Blackberries

It hopes to compete with fast-casual eateries' fresh ingredients

(Newser) - Finding 2 million pounds of blackberries is no easy feat. "It's been a slow, painful journey for us," says the procurement boss at Wendy's. "We spent 14 months scavenging around the industry, looking at more suppliers than we ever have." The number actually topped... More »

McDonald's New Menu Item: 'Lettuce' Burger

It's part of new burger-building option

(Newser) - McDonald's has become the latest fast-food chain to offer a bunless burger and the bread replacement is something a lot healthier than the fried chicken in KFC's Double Down: lettuce. The "lettuce burgers" have been introduced as part of the chain's "Create Your Taste" burger-building... More »

'Chalk One Up for the 99%-ers' in NY

Fast-food workers win 'Fight for $15'

(Newser) - They fought for $15—and they won. In what advocates say is a huge victory for the "99%-ers," New York state's wage board has recommended that the minimum wage for fast-food workers be gradually hiked to $15 from the current $8.75 over the next few years,... More »

Soon: Get a Cerveza With Your Taco Bell Chalupa

And wine, and mixed-alcohol 'freezes'—but only in one Chicago location (so far)

(Newser) - Anyone who was excited when Taco Bell made a taco out of a biscuit will likely be blown away by this news: The fast-food chain will now be serving beer, wine, and alcohol "freezes," the Chicago Tribune reports. And there's good reason why a Chicago newspaper is... More »

McDonald's Is Changing How It Preps Its Buns

Fasten your seatbelt: the toasting times, they are a-changing

(Newser) - McDonald's has floated some pretty radical changes in its apparently relentless zeal to reboot , or as CEO Steve Easterbrook puts it, the chain's "recommitting to hotter, tastier food." The latest is literally "hotter," but not so radical: As Time reports, the chain will begin... More »

KFC Is Spending $185M to Win You Back

Chain will bring back brand's 'greatest asset': the late Colonel Sanders

(Newser) - "There are few problems a bucket of fried chicken can't solve." That's one of the messages KFC management is banking on to rescue it from fast-food irrelevance, especially after losing major market share to rival Chick-fil-A, the Washington Post reports. The Yum Brands subsidiary is spitting... More »

McDonald's Is Actually Testing Kale

And the Hamburglar is back after biding his time in the suburbs

(Newser) - McDonald's is bringing back the Hamburglar, but maybe they should rename him the Kale Kidnapper: The company announced yesterday that nine locations in California are testing breakfast bowls that include kale, reports Reuters . The chain poked fun at kale in an ad earlier this year , declaring it would never... More »

How McDonald's Plans to Turn Itself Around

CEO Steve Easterbrook expects 'bumpy' path ahead

(Newser) - It's been a difficult few years for McDonald's, with sales falling. Now the company is unveiling a plan to address what CEO Steve Easterbrook calls the "urgent need to reset this business," CNBC reports. "The reality is our recent performance has been poor. The numbers... More »

Lawyer: Fired Popeyes Manager Seeking $5.5M

Marissa Holcomb deserves damages for robbery aftermath, attorney says

(Newser) - Marissa Holcomb did get her job back after Popeyes fired her for not reimbursing the fast-food restaurant for cash taken during a robbery, but that's not all the pregnant employee may get. She's seeking $5.5 million in damages for emotional distress, per a letter attorney Marc Bozeman... More »

Chipotle Goes GM-Free Today

First major fast-food chain in US to stop serving genetically altered fare

(Newser) - If you're looking to scarf down a GMO burrito anytime soon, you won't be able to get it from Chipotle. As of today, customers won't find any genetically modified organisms lurking on the fast-food Mexican chain's menu, after it spent two years working to decimate GMOs... More »

Pregnant Popeyes Manager Fired After Robbery

After word from HQ, franchise owner says she can have job back

(Newser) - A Popeyes shift manager roughed up during an armed robbery says she was fired within 48 hours after she refused to pay back the $400 the thief made off with. Marissa Holcomb, who is pregnant with her fourth child, tells KHOU the robber forced other employees to the floor during... More »

McDonald's Cuts Some Additives From Chicken

'Artisan Grilled Chicken' won't contain sodium phosphates, maltodextrin

(Newser) - McDonald's says it's simplifying its grilled chicken recipe to remove ingredients people might not recognize, marking the latest sign the company is rethinking its menu to keep up with changing tastes. The company says it expects the new "Artisan Grilled Chicken" to be in its more than... More »

Can All-Day Breakfast Turn McDonald's Around?

Chain needs to solve griddle riddle first

(Newser) - Forget kale burgers . McDonald's latest strategy to turn around sagging sales is giving customers something they've apparently been long clamoring for: breakfast for lunch or dinner. The company says it's going to try out serving McMuffins, hash browns, and so on throughout the day at some outlets... More »

Mom Accused of Smothering Her Son in NYC Restaurant

Latisha Fisher, 35, 'blamed the devil'

(Newser) - Latisha Fisher said she was only putting her baby to sleep, but shortly afterward the little boy was dead. Charges are pending against Latisha Fisher, 35, who allegedly took 20-month-old Gavriel Ortiz into a fast-food restaurant bathroom today, locked the door, and smothered him to death, the Daily News reports.... More »

Taco Bell Is Turning a Biscuit Into a Taco

We know what you're eating for breakfast come Thursday

(Newser) - The newest weapon in the breakfast wars is a biscuit shaped like a taco. Taco Bell is launching a "biscuit taco" this week and ditching its "waffle taco," which got widespread attention last year when it was included in the rollout of the chain's breakfast menu... More »

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