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169 Restaurants Look, Taste Like McDonald's. They Aren't

McDonald's Indian partner refuses to close franchises

(Newser) - McDonald's has an unusual problem in India: It recently severed ties with a partner that helped bring the Golden Arches to the nation, but now that company refuses to stop selling McDonald's food under the McDonald's name. In all, about 170 restaurants have "gone rogue,"... More »

When It Comes to Service, McDonald's Isn't No. 1

Survey finds McDonald's is dead last; Chick-fil-A comes out on top

(Newser) - The fast-food industry may not be heralded for Michelin-rated fare, but chains can earn loyalty through the customer service they offer, ensuring consumers keep coming back for their burgers, tacos, and pizzas. And per 24/7 Wall St. , fast-food restaurants bested full-service restaurants for the first time ever on this year'... More »

Little-Known Billionaire's Job: Making Cheese for Our Pizza

You've probably never heard of James Leprino, the 'Willy Wonka of cheese'

(Newser) - You've likely never seen a photo of James Leprino, a 79-year-old reclusive billionaire in Colorado who runs Leprino Foods, a cheese and dairy manufacturing company. But that business is actually an empire—its website says it's the "world's largest producer of mozzarella"—and though Leprino... More »

10 Best Fast-Food Chains in US

Nary a Burger King or Dairy Queen to be found

(Newser) - McDonald's and Subway may be the fast-food kings in America, but are they the best fast-food options in the states? Not even close, according to a Business Insider ranking of the 25 best fast-food restaurants in the US. With the help of Restaurant Business' 2016 data, Business Insider looked... More »

Subway Sues Broadcaster for $210M Over Chicken Story

CBC stands by accusation that chain's product is half soy

(Newser) - Subway and the CBC are continuing their game of chicken, and neither side looks to be swerving. The latest in the fast-food drama: The restaurant chain says it will file a lawsuit against the broadcaster for a story that claims Subway's chicken isn't 100% chicken , but halfway made... More »

Burger King Owner Buys Popeyes for More Than $1.6B

Restaurant Brands also owns Tim Hortons

(Newser) - Doughnuts, hamburgers, and as of Tuesday … chicken. That's what's now on the menu for Restaurant Brands International, the owner of Burger King and Tim Hortons that just raided the fast-food henhouse to buy the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen chain for nearly $1.65 billion, per the Wall Street ... More »

Burger King Offers 'Adult Toys' With Adults-Only Meal

Only available in Israel after 6pm

(Newser) - If you think Burger King isn't a romantic enough destination for a Valentine's Day date, it's willing to sweeten the deal with a couple of beers and a sex toy. In a deal being offered only in Israel, and only after 6pm on Tuesday, the chain is... More »

McDonald's Is Brewing a McCafe Makeover in 2017

Watch out, Starbucks and DD: McCafe is getting major overhaul

(Newser) - When McDonald's rolled out its McCafe in 2009 , it ramped up caffeinated competition, notably with Starbucks. But sales of McDonald's coffee products have been stagnating since that initial jolt, per Crain's Chicago Business , with Nick Karavites, a Chi-Town owner of 18 McDonald's, revealing his own mixed... More »

Why Folks May Now Feel Like Royalty at McDonald's

Chain announces table service, self-order kiosks, other upgrades

(Newser) - You deserve a break today. No, really, don't get up—a McDonald's server will bring your Big Mac right to you. That was the Thursday announcement from the company's execs, who said the new table-service option they're offering will help transform Mickey Dee's into a... More »

If You Hate Fast Food, Don't Stare Into the Crystal Ball

Indie restaurants don't stand much of a chance against global chains

(Newser) - An industry expert recently told Megan McArdle that fast-food chains are beginning their slow, inevitable decline—an opinion she dismantles for Bloomberg . McArdle acknowledges chains suffer from "added layers of bureaucracy" and sacrifice quality as they try to "wring out economies of scale," and that should give... More »

'Hands Off My Buns': McDonald's Workers Allege Sex Harassment

In one case, employee says supervisor rubbed his genitals on her

(Newser) - Workers once swarmed McDonald's to protest low wages. At lunchtime on Thursday, workers in more than 30 US cities will protest another gripe: sexual harassment. Some 15 sexual harassment complaints from eight states have been filed against McDonald's and its franchises in the past month, alleging employees were... More »

McDonald's Is Making a Major Menu Change

Bye-bye, McWraps

(Newser) - Well, so much for that "healthy" experiment: McDonald's is doing away with McWraps. The wraps, introduced in snack-size in 2006 and entree-size in 2013, were meant to "attract younger, healthier eaters," millennials, and customers who would otherwise eat at Subway, Bloomberg reports. But the wraps took... 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 »

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 »

'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 »

McDonald's US Store Count to Shrink for First Time

Rep says move should help prepare for future growth

(Newser) - McDonald's will close more US locations than it opens this year for what the AP reports is "the first time in more than 40 years, and perhaps ever." While it isn't clear how many of the chain's 14,300 American stores will close, a rep... 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 »

McDonald's to Raise Pay 10% for Workers

But move doesn't affect most stores, those owned by franchisees

(Newser) - It's good news for McDonald's workers in the US, or at least for the ones who happen to work in restaurants owned by the chain instead of by a franchisee: The Wall Street Journal reports that starting on July 1, the company will pay its workers at least... More »

Workers: McDonald's Told Us to Put Mustard on Burns

Condiments replaced first-aid kits, safety complaints say

(Newser) - Instead of being offered burn cream, McDonald's workers who suffered severe burns on the job were asked if they wanted mustard or ketchup on that, according to recently filed safety complaints. In some of the 28 safety complaints filed in 19 states over the last couple of weeks with... More »

Plunging Profit Makes Clear: 'McDonald's Has a Problem'

Chain reports 30% drop

(Newser) - Investors were bracing for lousy numbers from McDonald's today, and the chain failed to meet even those expectations. McDonald's reported a 30% drop in quarterly profit, thanks to what the Wall Street Journal calls "problems in nearly every major part of its business." As one analyst... More »

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