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McDonald's Emphasizing Fries Clean of Allergens and Glutens

CNN has a news video today on McDonald's recent law suits. McDonald's reaffirms that although its fries contain milk and wheat derivatives, those ingredients have been sufficiently stripped so that they are allergen and gluten free. (There's a good explanation of this difference at Fast Food News.)

McDonald's claims that the law suits therefore have no merit. Burger King and Wendy's have followed suit disclaiming any gluten or allergens in their french fries.

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Key Steps to Buying a Fast-Food Franchise

This article from All Business makes sense. If you're going to buy a fast-food franchise, make sure you enjoy being in a kitchen, have enough money, research a growing business fit for your community and choose the right location, location, location. Here's three of their seven key steps. (Their articles like numbering.)

  1. Evaluate your interest and financial capabilities in investing in a fast food franchise
  2. Research the market and the right food franchise opportunity
  3. Select prime location


Quizno's Gives Shop Away at Ellen DeGeneres TV Show

Stephanie Busche Wins Quizno's ShopQuizno's Master LLC, the head of the Quizno's chain based in Denver, Colorado, have a winning move in getting publicity and mileage out of their free shop give away to commemorate their 25th anniversary.

Oprah has her cars that she gives out during her show and now Ellen DeGeneres has a business, a livelihood to give out. A free Quizno's sub sandwich shop was given to an elated Ms. Stephanie Busche of Fairview Park, Ohio on Thursday. Ms. Busche had written a letter among with thousands of other viewers of The Ellen DeGeneres Show explaining why she deserved such a shop.

Kudo's to Quizno's. Millions of viewers (mainly stay-at-home moms) across the country will think of not just Quizno's sandwiches but also about owning a sub shop. Although this may not be as precise of a vertical target in marketing that Quizno's normally might want, the breadth of who they reach is substantial. And stay-at-home moms should not be discounted in their influence on franchise buying decisions.

Ellen then followed up Thursday's win by calling (10.7Mb) Quizno's CEO Rick Schaden on Friday, interrupting a meeting he was in, to request another restaurant be given away to someone deserving in her home town of New Orleans.

Now A California Vegan Sues McDonald's Over Fries

Law suits seem to be flowing in after McDonald's announcements of the ingredients of its fries. There were two and now there's three. A vegan from California has filed a lawsuit claiming McDonald's Corp. misled consumers in falsely claiming that its fries were free of gluten, milk or wheat allergens. The Sacrament Bee writes:

Nadia Sugich of Los Angeles said in the Wednesday filing that she "would have never purchased or consumed the french fries if she had known they contain dairy and were not vegan."

McDonald's New Menu Item Boost Earnings

McDonald's is on a roll, er, you know what I mean. The fast-food chain has managed to expand its menus just the right amount and with the right premium items. Increase the menu to too many premium salads and chicken items, it confuses the customer, muddles the brand and slows down order time. Too little and there will be no growth in business and a more confused customer.

The world's largest franchiser has managed to increase its restaurant's average check total with three years of growth. Its restaurants have seen a 5% check increase for the past two years, a quantum leap in the quick service restaurant business.

Florida Family Sues McDonald's Over Fries

Oh no! Another fast-food law suit. It's been a busy week. Benihana's dodged their flying shrimp suit. McDonald's was served with a suit earlier this week over blood in their fries. Now the world's largest fast-food chain is being served with yet another.

A Jupiter, Florida family claims that McDonald's french fries caused their 5-year-old daughter to suffer epileptic seizures, ulcers and the autoimmune intestinal disorder Celiac disease. This claim comes shortly after McDonald's announced that their fries had gluten, more fat and allergens. The plaintiff is suing both McDonald's Corp AND the local Jupiter franchisee, Jupiter Festival Ltd. for misleading them in saying that McDonald's fries did not have gluten.

Another Franchisee Group Sues Quizno's

Another group of Quizno's franchisees, this time from New Jersey, announced they will seek an unspecified amount in damages because of Quiznos' alleged deceptive franchisee recruitment practices and failure to deal in good faith.

Quizno's has recently had its hands full of law suits by franchisees. The Denver Business Journal writes of Quizno's previous law suits by Colorado and Arizona franchisees:

"Denver District Court judges tossed out two such suits -- one filed by Colorado franchisees and the other filed by franchisees in Arizona -- in August 2005. Plaintiffs in those cases accused Quiznos of allowing restaurants to encroach on each other, overcharging for food and supplies, and misusing advertising funds."

Benihana Dodges $16M Flying Shrimp Law Suit

In this era in which more and more people are taking law suit potshots at large franchise chains, here's one for the franchise chains. A jury yesterday decided against a widow who claimed that a flying sizzling shrimp tossed by a Benihana chef led to her husband's death.

No, we're not making this up. Here's what Restaurant News Resource summarizes.

Mr. Colaitis's widow, Jacqueline Colaitis, had filed a $16 million lawsuit against Benihana claiming that Mr. Colaitis injured his neck dodging a shrimp tossed by a chef emulating the Jackie Chan character in "Mr. Nice Guy."

Mr. Colaitis injured his neck, Mrs. Colaitis said, necessitating surgery, after which his health declined; he died from blood poisoning.

President Bush Praises Wendy's For HSA Leadership

Bush Praises Wendy's Leadership President Bush visited the headquarters of Wendy's in Dublin, Ohio Wednesday, praising their leadership in providing HSA's or health savings accounts to "employees". Fox News reported that some "9,000 employees have signed up for the accounts since the company began offering them last year."

McDonald's Sued for Blood Not Ketchup on Fries

Dow Jones Newswires (subscription $$) just released a story about how a woman is suing McDonald's for $10,000 after finding that the red stuff on the bottom of her bag of fries was human blood, not ketchup. And it wasn't hers.

Lora Davis, 42, said she was down to the last several french fries that came with her Happy Meal when she noticed the blood.

At first, I felt disbelief," she said. "Then fear."