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McDonald's to Serve All-Day Breakfasts Starting Next Month

McDonald's has announced that franchisees voted last week to start offering breakfast items all day and that the vote was affirmed yesterday by a franchisee leadership council.

McDonald's Largest Franchisee Has New CEO

Arcos Dorados (Spanish for "golden arches"), the largest McDonald's franchisee in the world with over 2,000 units in Latin America and the Caribbean, has a new CEO, Sergio Alonso, 52.

Order Your Customized McDonald’s Burger

McDonald's "Create Your Own Taste"City by city, McDonald's is testing a new "Create Your Taste" hamburger program that lets customers order a fancier burger with customized condiments by tapping a touch screen kiosk.

Capital Spending Requirements Put Franchisees in a Tight Spot

McDonald's has instituted a turnaround plan involving burger customization that may impose up to $125,000 in new investment costs on already struggling franchisees, according to the Wall Street Journal. The $125,000 price tag for McDonald’s burger customization program follows renovations undertaken by about half of McDonald's restaurants in the past decade, which cost participating franchisees upwards of $650,000.

McDonald’s Stock Buyback Plan Aids Officers, Not Franchisees

Wall Street's BullOAK BROOKS, Ill.—With slumping sales and negative press, McDonald's announced a new "turnaround plan" last month to restore growth and excitement to its brand and to unlock financial value. There is another part to its aggressive agenda.

Donut Make This Mistake; Values Are Always Category-Specific

If you have followed the McDonald's debacle for the past year you cannot have missed the fact that the company woke up late to the fact that consumer values had shifted. Away from fat/salty/fast/dollar-menu food to brands that were seen to offer healthier, fresher, natural, more customized food. And consumers were actually willing to pay more for that.

McDonald's Hiking Franchisee Rents

McDonald's is raising rents for franchisees just when it hurts the most: during its current long business slide.

McDonald's to Stop Reporting Same-Store Sales on Monthly Basis

McDonald's reported on Wednesday that it would stop reporting same-store sales each month, starting in July. Is that bad?

Panera Bread Joins Growing List of Companies Abandoning Artificial Additives

Following on the heels of Chipotle's announcement that it stopped serving GMO food last week, Panera Bread released a long list of artificial additives that it is working to eliminate from its food,