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McDonald’s Ads under Heat

With same store sales numbers that are flat, McDonald's is receiving pressure to shake up its advertising and its ad agencies.

Wendy’s Q3 Store Comps Up, but Not Enough for Wall Street

An old 1970s looking Wendy's
photo by bmm

DUBLIN, Ohio—The Wendy's Company reported that U.S. and Canadian franchised restaurants under its brand increased 3.1 percent in same-store sales in the third quarter, up from 2.9 percent last year.

Centre Partners Buys Captain D’s

Captain D'sCaptain D's Seafood Restaurant chain has been sold to yet another private equity firm. This time it is Centre Partners.

Two Studies Find Fast Food Workers Cost U.S. Taxpayers Billions

The low wages that quick service restaurants pay ends up costing American taxpayers billions of dollars, according to two studies released this week.

Fast Food Menu Changes for Fall

KFC's Go Cup
KFC's new Go Cup

LEXINGTON, Ky. — It's Fall and that means that Chief Marketing Officers have lined up new products in the hopes of raising consumer excitement, growing store traffic and generating royalties.

Giant Flynn Restaurant Group Buys Yum Franchisee

SAN FRANCISCO—The country's largest restaurant franchisee, Flynn Restaurant Group, announced today the acquisition of 62 Taco Bell and other Yum Brands restaurants for an undisclosed amount on August 21.

Food Trucks Eat Into QSR Visits

A Nathan's hot dog food truck

CHICAGO — Since food trucks appeared on the restaurant scene their perceivable threat to brick-and-mortar restaurants has been widely debated. A recent survey finds that consumers replace a quick service restaurant (QSR) visit with a food truck visit.

McDonald’s July Sales Beat Flat Expectations

Golden Arches in New York City

OAK BROOK, Ill.—McDonald's Corporation on Thursday announced that U.S. comparable sales for stores opened at least 13 months were slightly better than the grim expectations.

Tim Hortons at Center of Canuck Kindness

Tim Hortons. photo/psMore evidence for those who think "polite Canadian" is redundant.

Steak 'n Shake Clashes with Denver Franchisees over Price Control

$4 Menu from Steak 'n Shake Facebook page
photo from Steak 'n Shake Facebook page

DENVER – There is a battle erupting between Indianapolis and Denver, and it is not about the Colts and Broncos starting a new football season. The scrimmage is between Indiana-based Steak ‘n Shake and Colorado franchisee developers over who has the control to set menu pricing in their restaurants.