Thursday, September 29, 2005
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
"In the MyPyramid Blast Off game, kids load a rocket ship with the right combination of healthy foods: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lowfat or fat-free milk and lean meat. Load up with the wrong kind of fuel, or too much of it, and you can't blast off to Planet Power." [AP]
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Casey says, "I did what they wanted and they offered it, so I think I have it coming." And Wendy's says they're still trying to determine whether or not Casey is the tipster.
UPDATE 9/28: Mike Casey will split the reward with an anonymous tipster. [CNN]
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Bob Hale (pictured at left) took a risk a decade ago, pulling up his yellow onions and planting red ones instead. "Color is the new thing," he predicted. He was promptly ignored by the others farmers here at the heart of the nation's onion belt.
But Hale was proved right in 1997, when Pizza Hut took the plunge and switched from yellow to red onions on all its pizzas. Two years ago, Subway, the nation's largest selling sandwich chain, embraced red, saying they added a splash of color to subs. Now, large and small chains are experimenting with the brightly pigmented onion, a highly temperamental plant that takes far more skill to grow than its yellow cousin. [USA Today]
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
The fast-food giant is launching a new national physical-education program Tuesday aimed at third through fifth graders and includes games and activities from countries around the world.
McDonald's says 31,000 public elementary schools with 7 million students have agreed to try Passport to Play this year. It's up to individual PE teachers how much they use the new activities such as boomerang golf from Australia; Japan's Mr. Daruma Fell Down, a game similar to red light, green light; and Holland's korfball, which combines elements of basketball and football. Each time students complete a game from another country they will get a stamp in a pretend passport — one of the educational materials that will carry the golden arches logo.
Critics charge the fast-food company has no business in gym classes. "It is a travesty to have a PE program branded by McDonald's," says psychologist Kelly Brownell, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University. "It further commercializes schools and gets the company even more publicity with children."
Monday, September 12, 2005
"The sandwich with a touch of sweet and a touch of heat will have to be savored quickly since it will only be around for a limited time."
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Friday, September 09, 2005
Anna Ayala, 39, and Jaime Placencia, 43, pleaded guilty to conspiring to file a false claim and attempted grand theft. The Dublin, Ohio-based Wendy's International Inc. claimed the scheme cost it $2.5 million in lost sales because of bad publicity. Ayala faces up to nearly 10 years in state prison when sentenced November 2.
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
KFC's biggest advertising campaign has begun: Flavor Station. This is KFC's attempt to set itself apart from other fast food restaurants offering various chicken products (strips, nuggets, even BK's chicken fries) that are offered with a variety of dipping sauces. The difference: KFC's chicken is served pre-dipped in the sauce of the customer's choice. We didn't know that people were annoyed with the painstaking extra step of having to dip a morsel of chicken in a sauce, but nonetheless their prayers have been answered!
The concept lets consumers choose among four lunch items - chicken wings with bones or without, popcorn chicken and strips of chicken. They then choose among three heated sauces - honey barbecue or two new sauces, fiery buffalo and sweet and spicy - and the chicken is fully immersed in the chosen sauce when delivered.KFC's advertising agency has created a television spot depicting people in different work situations - an office, a factory, a construction site - who eat Flavor Station chicken and shout, "with KFC's Flavor Station, I'm in charge." The tagline is, "Be the boss, choose your own sauce." They've also created a web site to promote the campaign at: www.chooseyoursauce.com
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Friday, September 02, 2005
More than 200 McDonald's Corp. (MCD) restaurants remained dark in the storm's path as of midday Wednesday. Burger King Corp. said about 120 of the 180 restaurants initially hit were still closed.
"We're assessing damage to our restaurants, but transportation, power and the lack of communication make it difficult," said McDonald's pokesman Bill Whitman.
McDonald's has dispatched an assessment team to the Gulf Coast to "get a firsthand account of what we need to do to help our people as well as others in the disaster area," he said. The company also has contacted the American Red Cross, although Whitman indicated that McDonald's hadn't determined what assistance it might render.
"Our first priority is to locate all of our employees and insure their safety," he said.
After the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on New York City, the chain trucked in food and water to the Ground Zero area, for residents as well as those involved in rescue and recovery.
Burger King has marshaled a half dozen semitrailer trucks loaded with everything from canned goods and water to bug spray and diapers to assist those in what a spokeswoman called "the Burger King family." That would include franchisees - most of the restaurants along the Gulf Coast are franchised – and their employees.
Those trucks are "staged" and waiting for word that it is safe to enter the storm's zone.
"We also will provide cash assistance" for emergency housing and similar basic needs, said Edna Johnson, a senior vice president at the Miami-based hamburger chain.
More than 4,000 restaurant workers have been affected by the storm, she said, adding that "we're still trying to account for all" of them.
Because of operating difficulties and disrupted supply lines, many of the Burger Kings operating in the ravaged areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida were serving a limited menu.
Johnson said at last count 57 Burger Kings were closed in Louisiana, 52 in Mississippi, 15 in Alabama and six in the Miami area.
Among restaurants hardest-hit in and around swamped New Orleans was AFC Enterprises Inc.'s (AFCE) Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits chain, which has 43 stores in that market, according to the company's Web site. It also has eight restaurants in and around Biloxi, Miss. All told, Popeyes operates at 153 locations in Louisiana and 56 in Mississippi.
Popeyes spokeswoman Alicia Thompson said the Atlanta company was pulling together information on the situation and couldn't elaborate.
"With so many employees in the New Orleans market we've been making sure they're OK," she said. "Now we're starting to assess, as much as we can, where we are."
Other chains hit by Katrina's fury include Sonic Corp. (SONC), which said it has about 60 drive-ins affected in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. A spokeswoman said the Oklahoma City company was seeking to determine the extent of damage and wasn't prepared to comment further. Sonic has about 3,000 stores nationwide.
There was no immediate word on storm damage to restaurants in the Yum Brands Inc. (YUM) portfolio, which include KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, A&W and Long John Silver's.
Unlike some other retailers that may be able to eventually capture sales postponed because of the storm, restaurants have no such opportunity. Once a meal period is passed, revenue is lost, and so an economic impact is inevitable for franchisers and their franchisees, who pay a percentage of every sales dollar rung up.
from Cattle Network News.