February 28, 2013

RIP Angus Third Pounder

It's nice to see Oak Brook beginning to work on menu simplification.
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Say Goodbye. These 3 items are being discontinued from the McDonald's Menu:
All Angus Burgers, Chicken Selects and...
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Burger Business Reports:
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February 26, 2013

Soda Tax in the People's Republic of California?



Soda tax is among 2,189 bills introduced by California lawmakers - latimes.com:


Mix and Match: Egg McMuffin or Sausage McMuffin with Egg. 2 for $3.33. It’s a delicious deal.3 Sausage McMuffin with Egg Sandwiches? Don't mind if I do!

Mix and Match: Egg McMuffin or Sausage McMuffin with Egg. 2 for $3.33. It’s a delicious deal.

You'll be hooked! $1.59 Filet O Fish Sandwich for a limited time!

You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get 2 steak and egg burritos for $3!

Not the End of the $1 Menu But You Can See It From Here

"Fifty-four percent say they will raise their prices this year. They don't want
to, but most will have to," Tristano said. 

He added that all eyes will be on McDonald's. As the chain bumps its value offerings from $1 to $1.29, it makes other brands more comfortable to inch up prices as well."

Experts warn of impending food price increases | QSRweb.com:
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February 25, 2013

Why McDonald's Couldn't Stop the Dow's Plunge

Why McDonald's Couldn't Stop the Dow's Plunge:
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Start your morning of right! Get 2 Steak Egg Burittos for just $3.

What’s better than coffee in the morning?...FREE COFFEE! Stop by your local McDonald’s for FREE Small PREMIUM ROAST COFFEE all week long!

2 for $3 Mix N Match breakfast sandwiches! Choose between, Sausage McMuffin w/ Egg, or Sausage McGriddle. What's your pick?

Sausage McMuffin with Egg or Egg McMuffin? Which is your fave? You can Mix & Match and get 2 for $3.33 for breakfast!

Here’s a deal u gotta catch while u can— buy a Filet-O-Fish Extra Value Meal, get a 2nd Filet-O-Fish sandwich for $1

Here’s a deal you gotta catch while you can— right now, get 2 Filet-O-Fish sandwiches for just $3.50. 

Here’s a deal u gotta catch while u can— mix & match 2 Filet-O-Fish sandwiches OR 2 lg Fries OR 1 of ea. for $3.50!

February 20, 2013

Universal to Drop Health Insurance for Part-Time Workers



             Orlando Sentinel Reports

Whatever Happened to Selling UP?


Here’s a fish story that’s 100% true. Mix & match 2 Filet-O-Fish sandwiches OR 2 lg Fries OR 1 of ea. for $3.50!

We’ve got your 49-cent hamburgers today at partic.  McD’s. Feeling cheesy? Make it a cheeseburger for 69 cents.

If you've got $3, you've got 328 different options for lunch on the $1 menu! Choice is good!

$1 Sausage McGriddles are only here for a limited time, wake up with this deal while you still can. Happy !

What’s better than a Steak and Egg Burrito? When you can buy two for $3.00 of course!

Thursday's weather forecast is chilly, but McD's has a deal that's hot! Big Mac & Qtr Pounder w/ Cheese are 25¢ when u buy 1 at reg. price!

THURSDAY 2/21 ONLY! Buy a  or, Get one for $.25! 
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February 19, 2013

Fishy Fishy?


Here’s a deal you gotta catch while you can— mix & match 2 Filet-O-Fish sandwiches OR 2 lg Fries OR 1 of ea. for just $3.50!

For a limited time now buy a Filet-O-Fish Extra Value Meal, get a second Filet-O-Fish sandwich for just $1! 

NEW: Get a Filet-o-Fish and Large Fries for just $3.33. OR get 2 of each.
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Purposely Killing the Average Check


Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger is just $1 for a whole lot of delicious. Pair w/ fries & a $1 any size soft drink & you’ve got urself a meal!

Looking for a  deal? Stop by the Houston, MO McD's for a $2.99 Double Cheeseburger Extra Value Meal through Feb.!

A meal is just a meal, but a mini meal is a McChicken or McDouble, small fries and a drink for just $2.99!

Pick 2 or Mix & Match either Egg McMuffin or Sausage McMuffin with Egg 2 for $3.33!
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McDonald's Adds New U.S. Brand and Strategy Officer Role

McDonald's Adds New U.S. Brand and Strategy Officer Role - AdAge:
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February 16, 2013

Crain's: McDonald's Beefs Up Product Pipeline

McDonald's beefs up product pipeline after 2012's sales struggle:
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WSJ on Minimum Wage

"The damage from a minimum wage hike depends on the overall labor market. If the job market is buoyant, as it is in the fracking boomtown of Williston, N.D., fast-food workers may already make more than $9 an hour. But when the jobless rate is high, as it still is in California and New York, the increase punishes minority youth in particular."

Review & Outlook: The Minority Youth Unemployment Act - WSJ.com:
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February 15, 2013

McTweeting Free Food

The discounting at McDonald's appears to be reaching a new level of intensity. I only 
follow a tiny fraction of McDonald's twitter accounts but it seems everyone is discounting
everything in addition to spending millions advertising the Dollar Menu. 

This is just a random sample:


 are just $1.99 at  tomorrow night from 4-9p and 5 cents from each one sold goes to 
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Mark your calendar! Wednesday is Customer Appreciation Day! Buy a  or , Get one for 25 cents!
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What’s better than McD’s Premium Roast Coffee? How ‘bout a FREE small Premium Roast Coffee! Enjoy “Free Coffee Mondays”, now through 2/25.
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Use your Lincolns! Today only at partic  McD’s, buy one Big Mac or QPC at reg price and get a 2nd of the same for just a penny!
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We’ve got another delicious deal just in time for ! Today only buy one Big Mac get the second for only 1¢.
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TOMORROW we have some  savings of our own… buy a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese & get a 2nd for 1 cent.
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This weekend only, Big Macs are Buy One Get One FREE at participating McD’s. 
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Here’s a fish story that’s 100% true. Mix & match 2 Filet-O-Fish OR 2 large Fries OR 1 of each for just $3.50! 
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Yesterday was 29°. If you buy a Steak and Egg Burrito or Big Mac today, get the second for 29¢! 
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Only one more day to take advantage of our $1 small mochas and lattes
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Yesterday was 26°. That means you can buy a Big Mac and get a second for 26¢!
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Breakfast just got steakier! 2 Steak and Egg Burritos are just $3 for a limited time at McD's
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Now that Sausage McGriddles are just $1 u might b thinking about leaving ur home. So here's  Tip#2:
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Get out of the cold and into McDonald’s for a FREE small Premium Roast Coffee today. Offer valid Mondays only, now through 2/25.
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What’s better than a Steak and Egg Burrito on a Monday morning? When you can buy two for $3.00!
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Buy one Filet-O-Fish Extra Value Meal and add a second Filet-O-Fish Sandwich for just $1!
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Come visit us for  on Tuesdays! All  are $1.99! 
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Want a classic taste for a classic price? Check out the medium size Big Mac Extra Value Meal for only $4.99 for a limited time
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Did you know that for a limited time only your can get a  Sandwich for only $1.59?
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Dive right in to our deal: For a limited time get 2 Filet-O-Fish for $3.79.
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Rise & Shine! Start you morning w/ 2 for $3.33 Egg McMuffin or Sausage McMuffin w/ Egg Mix n' Match! Enjoy 2 of the same or 1 of each!
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2 for $3 breakfast sandwiches at ! Egg McMuffin, Sausage McMuffin with Egg, Sausage McGriddles. Mix N Match & make your morning happy!
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Hard….to…….resist! Mix and Match or get 2 of the same: Egg McMuffin & Sausage McMuffin with Egg for only $3.33. 
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Dollar Menu? Yes please. Pick up a Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger, Small fries and any size Soft Drink for only $1 each!
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SoCal McTweet


It’s Filet-O-Fish Friday at McDonald’s! Stop by to score the delicious fish sandwich for $1.49."

$1.00 ten piece McBites? $1.49 Filet? Cash flow must be great in the San Diego Co-Op if they can give away that much food!

Report Says, Minimum Wage Hike to $9 Would Kill Jobs

Minimum wage hike to $9 would kill jobs - Washington Times:
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Small Firms React to President's Proposals


          Small Firms React to President's Proposals:

Taco Bell introduces Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos

Taco Bell introduces Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos - Nation's Restaurant News:
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Burger King Debuts New Coffee Drinks

This is good news for McDonald’s. McDonald’s management has wasted many millions in advertising espresso based drinks and still only sell a hand full a day. Burger King will weaken their position by spending their far more precious advertising dollars on drinks that QSR customers just don’t care about.

Burger King debuts new coffee drinks - Nation's Restaurant News:
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Short Term Profit Improvments at Burger King


                          Boosted by cost cuts, new food | Reuters:

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February 12, 2013

New McDonald's Stores

We've asked the question before, is there room for additional McDonald's
stores in the USA? Apparently in the northeast the answer is no.

"McDonald's does a "very sophisticated" study that develop a sales prediction 
for each store based on demographics, traffic, competition and other factors.
"This one is not even close," he said.
Danvers, MA Patch - News:
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February 11, 2013

Meat Industry to Shut Down for Weeks?

"The Obama administration warned on Friday that across-the-board spending cuts set 
to take effect in March may result in furloughing every U.S. meat and poultry inspector
for two weeks, causing the meat industry to shut down."

This couldn't really happen ... Could it?
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Is Fish the New Chicken?

In the Fast Food World, Is Fish the New Chicken? | TIME.com:
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February 9, 2013

McDonald’s Is Running Out of Arrows: Analyst

This article and video reports on analyst Andy Barish's comments about the number
of arrows in McDonald's "quiver". Andy has been covering McDonald's for over a
decade and knows the company very well. Usually, when an analyst uses terms like
"arrows" it's code for more new products - an endless stream of new products. 

CNBC video report is HERE
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MCD January Sales Weak Internationally, Strong in USA

McDonald's USA was better than expected at + .9 %. That's very strong
considering the USA was up 7.8% in January of 2012. Oak Brook is giving
credit to a focus on the Dollar Menu. That's certainty part of it but there was
a massive amount of product discounting going on at a local level in January.

There were many local large sandwich two-fer offers, free drinks, etc in 
various markets. It will be interesting to see how much this sales increase
cost Owner/Operators.

McDonald's January Sales Fall Beyond Expectations | Fox Business:
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February 8, 2013

Sage Advice From the Good Old Days at McDonald's

Tom Feltenstein was a senior level marketing guy at McDonald's is the 1970s. 
These days he runs works as a marketing consultant and today he posted
the following on his Facebook page:

"No matter how hard you try you can’t please everyone. Yet businesses can 
get caught up in wanting to offer something for everyone and this can lead to 
less profit rather than more."
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Chipotle Mexican Grill Increase Menu Prices Midyear


                        NRN Reports:

February 4, 2013

Restaurants Face Tough Order Locking In Low Beef Prices

"On Friday Tyson reported quarterly profit that topped Wall Street's view, after strong
beef and chicken prices helped offset higher feed costs."

U.S. restaurants face tough order locking in low beef prices
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Chick-Fil-A Weathers the Storm

"The fast food giant, the nation’s second-largest chicken chain, ended 2012 
with $4.6 billion in sales — up 14 percent from $4.1 billion a year earlier. 
The company also opened 96 news stores, four more than the year before."

Atlanta Journal - Constitution reports
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Youngest American Woman Billionaire Found With In-N-Out



Youngest American Woman Billionaire Found With In-N-Out - Bloomberg: