July 15, 2019

Monday Morning Chuckle

This morning's E-mail included an advertisement from Anchor Packaging who appears to be
an industry leader. Look at all the pretty plastic packaging!

Meanwhile, the environmentalist whackos are hassling the food-to-go industry about plastic straws, cups, lids forks and many other items that provide a pleasant customer experience.
And two little girls in London are getting headlines around the world for starting an on-line
petition to stop the use of plastic Happy Meal toys.

Imagine the headquarters of a major restaurant chain. At one end of the building, in the 
office of "Sustainability" the staff (all pajama boys) are working on changing everything 
about the company's packaging thereby degrading the customer experience.

At the other end of the building, the operations staff is working on the delivery program and are searching for ways to use plastics by the ton to improve the quality of delivered food.

On the top floor the CEO is trying to figure out how to be politically correct and still make
profit in the restaurants. 



Fool Says McDonald's Franchisees Are Wrong

I usually ignore articles from the Motley Fool just because I wouldn't use the word "fool"
when naming my company. But, a friend sent this in and it makes some interesting points.
Please note the writer states that Chick-fil-A is the third largest restaurant chain in the U.S. 
That's by total sales, not locations.

Every time traffic is soft at McDonald's writers and analysts start pumping out articles asking "What's wrong at McDonald's" or "Who will fix McDonald's?" I would ask, maybe doing AUVs just under $3 million a year is the best a 14,000 restaurant chain can do? What would Chick-fil-A be doing if they had 14,000 stores in the marketplace?

McDonald's Franchisees Want War on Chick-fil-A: They're Wrong -- The Motley Fool
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July 2, 2019

Speaking of Former USA Presidents and Fake Food

Mike Roberts was President of McDonald's USA until 2006. After resigning he moved 
forward with his theory that Americans were ready for a "healthier" restaurant menu.

LYFE Kitchen was launched with one store in Palo Alto CA growing to 15 locations 

scattered around the country. The chain went through various ownership structures and Roberts was bought out/forced out somewhere along the way. 

Most of the locations have since closed leaving three LYFE Kitchens operating in Chicago.

The owner says they are doing great but who knows?

Proving once again that the market for "healthier" restaurant food is largely a mirage.


Wikipedia on LYFE Kitchen

Under New Ownership, LYFE Kitchen Lives On - QSR magazine
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