In The News

This week’s episode of Restaurant Business Podcast, A Deeper Dive, hosted by Restaurant Business Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze featured DDIFO restaurant analyst John Gordon of Pacific Management Consulting Group speaking to the question of “Why are there so many big franchise disputes right now?” and addressing specifically current disputes within the McDonald’s, Subway and 7-Eleven systems.…

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McD’s Raises Pay, Braces for Strike

SEIU-backed Fight for $15 is again organizing a strike amongst QSR workers – mostly McDonald’s employees – in 15 selected cities around the country for next Wednesday, timed to coincide with the company’s annual shareholder meeting. Again, SEIU is seeking to generate sufficient pressure on the Golden Arches to get the company to pay a…

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Competitor News

Krispy Kreme may be going public again, after being privately held by JAB Holdings since it acquired the Winston-Salem based chain out of bankruptcy just about five years ago. Krispy Kreme officials acknowledged earlier this week that it had confidentially filed a draft initial public offering (IPO) with U.S. regulators. The IPO still must be…

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Independent Joe #67 April/May 2021

McDonald’s has been a model of consistency for most of its six decades of dominance in the quick-service restaurant world. Burgers, shakes and fries, prepared quickly – always tasting the way you expect, no matter where they are purchased – and at a price that’s easy to swallow. With the exception of its famous flops,…

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Miscellaneous

A recent Rasmussen Poll shows that only 31 percent of Americans actually support increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. Although other polls have indicated strong support for a higher wage across the country – 80 percent believe the minimum wage should be increased – almost 70 percent believe $15 is just too…

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What’s Brewing: $15 an Hour Minimum Wage, McDonald’s Secrets, New York

Dunkin’ franchise owners were standout performers in the challenging times that followed the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic last spring. While the rest of the restaurant industry has struggled to stay above water, Dunkin’ and other quick-service restaurants have done a remarkable job adapting to difficult circumstances, quickly shifting their focus to app-based delivery and…

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Miscellaneous

McDonalds corporate sure knows how to “rob Peter to pay Paul”, as the old saying goes. The company hosted a webcast earlier this month to advise its franchisees (Peter) that a long-time company subsidy used to keep the price of a Happy Meal down would end on New Year’s Day 2021. Further, the company is…

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McDonald’s News

McDonald’s reported Quarter 3 sales and profits above estimates earlier this week. US same store sales were plus 4.6%, with a strong September fueled by the Travis Scott meal and the spicy McNuggets LTO.  What got the most attention was a recap of its “Accelerating the Arches” strategy upcoming, which was advertised as the next…

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Competitor News

Starbucks announced last week that it was now testing a new vegan breakfast sandwich, the Plant Powered Breakfast Sandwich in the outskirts of Seattle, Washington. The company also announced that it was tying future executive compensation together with its diversity efforts. Specifically, the company has set a goal of 30% BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of…

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McDonald’s Adds Sweets To Breakfast and Workers

The Golden Arches will be dishing out sweets soon in 2 different directions and for 2 very different reasons. For the first time in eight years, McDonalds said it is adding baked goods to its breakfast menu in the hope of strengthening its weak breakfast daypart. The company announced this week that it would begin…

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