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California McDonald’s franchisee shares struggle with ‘unprecedented’ impact of new minimum wage

California is forcing fast food chains to get creative to afford the state’s new $20 minimum wage.  One McDonald’s franchise owner, Scott Rodrick, is considering higher menu prices and reduced hours, saying that layoffs are the “last thing” he is considering.  “The last 12 days since this unprecedented law impacted franchisees in California has literally been a whirlwind. Frankly, it feels like an eternity,” Rodrick…

McDonald’s $25 ‘deal’ goes viral, users blame California’s minimum wage increase: ‘Your new normal’

A viral social media video about a $25 McDonald’s “deal” recently sparked an online debate about California’s minimum wage increase. A TikTok user who posts videos under the username @shannon_montipaya shared the video on Mar. 27. She was in the drive-thru of a Southern California McDonald’s location when she saw a sign for a 40-piece Chicken McNugget meal deal, which also included two large fries….

These 5 popular fast-food chains went out of business, but why?

If one thing rings true about the American cultural fabric, it’s our enduring love affair with fast food.  Over the last hundred years or so, countless fast-food chains have emerged that offer convenience, affordable fare and unique dining experiences. But as consumer preferences change over time, some franchises fail to keep up.  TACO BELL, PIZZA HUT GOING ‘AI-FIRST’ WITH FAST-FOOD INNOVATIONS Sometimes, bad business decisions…

McDonald’s to buy Israel stores as turmoil rages in Middle East, boycotts loom

McDonald’s Corporation announced Thursday an agreement to buy its Israel franchise that has 225 restaurants and more than 5,000 employees. This comes as the war between Israel and Hamas continues and other unrest in the Middle East upticks. Alonyal Limited, which owns and operates McDonald’s restaurants in Israel, signed an agreement with McDonald’s Corporation for the sale. “For more than 30 years, Alonyal Limited has…

Woman shocked at ‘pricey’ grocery store veggie and fruit platters costing over $30 each

A woman was shocked to find vegetable and fruit platters at the local grocery store with hefty price tags.  Nikita Cekay was shopping at a supermarket in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, when she came across a pre-cut vegetable platter.  The “celebration vegetable tray“ included tomatoes, cucumber, celery, carrots and cauliflower pieces and had a $45 CAD – or roughly $33 in U.S. dollars – price tag. FIVE GUYS’…

Prominent comedian says COVID fees and credit card surcharges are no joke

Sebastian Maniscalco slammed two fees he encountered while eating at a restaurant last week. The stand-up comedian took to social media saying a restaurant he dined at should get rid of the “COVID fee” he said it charged him. The fee was $3, according to Maniscalco.  “I went to a restaurant last night, and I got the bill and they charged me a COVID fee,”…

Gourmet cookie company Last Crumb doubles down on controversial social media posts on Easter Sunday

Last Crumb, an LA-based cookie company, sparked controversy online this weekend with a series of social media posts launched on Easter Sunday. Over the weekend, the cookie company posted holiday-themed media to their own social accounts that users regarded as “disrespectful” and too parallel to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In a photograph posted to 168,000 followers on Last Crumb’s Instagram account, users are presented…

These fruits, vegetables have most pesticide contamination among produce, study finds

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) announced their annual roundup of the “dirty dozen” of fruits and vegetables that are contaminated with the most pesticides.  EWG’s analysis of the latest fruit and vegetable testing data from the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration (USDA) revealed the twelve most contaminated fruits and vegetables.  “Everyone – adults and kids – should eat more fruits and vegetables,…

Trader Joe’s wins legal victory after judge issues decision in dark chocolate lawsuit

A lawsuit accusing Trader Joe’s of failing to disclose that its dark chocolate products contain dangerous “heavy metals” was mostly dismissed by a judge on Wednesday. The proposed class action lawsuit, which involved 17 law firms, argued that some of Trader Joe’s dark chocolate products contain unsafe amounts of lead and cadmium. U.S. District Judge Ruth Bermudez Montenegro wrote in a decision that the lawsuit…

Taco Bell charging for sauce packets part of ‘new cantina chicken menu’

Taco Bell has a new sauce at their locations, but depending on what you order, it could cost you. While packets of other condiments, like the chain’s mild, hot, fire and diablo sauces, are free of charge, the new avocado verde salsa sells for 20 cents per packet, unless a customer orders certain items. “One packet of avocado verde salsa comes with every order off…

McDonald’s to sell Krispy Kreme doughnuts nationwide

McDonald’s will begin selling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts nationwide by the end of 2026, both chains announced on Tuesday. Three flavors of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will be delivered to McDonald’s restaurants daily as part of the expanded partnership – the original glazed, chocolate iced with sprinkles and chocolate iced “kreme” filled – and will be available individually or in boxes of six. The sweet treats will…

Dunkin’ celebrates spring with limited-edition ‘Short King’ beverage

“Short kings,” unite! Dunkin’ is celebrating the start of spring with an homage to short kings — an online term that refers to men under 5 foot, 8 inches tall. For what is being dubbed “Short King Spring,” Dunkin’ has renamed its small iced regular coffee The Short King. DUNKIN’ DEBUTS CAFFEINATED ENERGY DRINK AFTER PANERA CHARGED LEMONADE CONTROVERSY The Short King will be exclusively…

Chick-fil-A set to switch from antibiotic-free chicken

Chick-fil-A announced that it would be shifting from antibiotic-free chicken starting this spring, citing supply reasons, in an update shared Thursday.  “To maintain supply of the high-quality chicken you expect from us, Chick-fil-A will shift from No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) to No Antibiotics Important To Human Medicine (NAIHM) starting in the Spring of 2024,” the announcement read.  No specific deadline has yet to be announced…

Unilever to cut 7,500 jobs, spin off ice cream unit

Unilever announced Tuesday it is laying off thousands of workers worldwide and plans to spin off its ice cream unit to become a “more focused company.”   Unilever, the maker of more than 400 brands, said that it will cut 7,500 predominantly office-based roles in an effort to drive “growth through a leaner and more accountable organization, enabled by investment in technology.” The move is…

Conservative investment fund divests from Tyson Foods over migrant hiring

A conservative-oriented investment fund is divesting from Tyson Foods over the company’s plans to hire migrants and refugees that the fund believes will alienate customers due to the ongoing crisis at the southern border. The American Conservative Values ETF, an actively managed exchange-traded fund created by Ridgeline Research LLC to cater to ideologically conservative investors, announced Monday that it divested its holdings of Tyson Foods…

McDonald’s outage shows challenge of going from Big Mac to Big Tech

The “technology outage” that impacted McDonald’s restaurants and the company’s app on Friday underscores the fast-food giant’s growing reliance on tech systems that are becoming increasingly common in the food service industry. Friday’s outage impacted McDonald’s locations across some of its global markets, including Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom, which forced many stores to temporarily accept only cash or shut down entirely in some…

McDonald’s hit by worldwide tech outage affecting restaurants, app

McDonald’s is working to fix a “technology outage” on Friday morning that’s impacting its restaurants worldwide, even forcing some to temporarily close. “We are aware of a technology outage, which impacted our restaurants; the issue is now being resolved,” McDonald’s said in a statement to FOX Business.  The company also confirmed that “the issue is not related to a cybersecurity event.”  MCDONALD’S EVOLUTION FROM DRIVE-IN…

Would you survive a doomsday scenario? Preppers offer Americans tips to weather a supply chain crisis

Doomsday prepping was once a concept people believed was reserved for conspiracy theorists and paranoid uncles, but fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is leading more and more Americans to plan ahead in the event of a future catastrophe. According to a March report by Zion Market Research, the global survival tools market is expected to reach $2.46 billion by 2030, growing at a compound annual…

Coffee in a new light: Chicago business reveals how sparkling coffee is made and how it gives back

Some 62% of Americans drink at least one cup of coffee each day, with many going to all kinds of lengths to seek out the best-tasting one in town.  The National Coffee Association says cold brew rose to popularity in 2015 — and as of 2020, one in five Americans drinks at least one cup of cold brew coffee each week. A new spin on the…

Campbell’s releases new tomato soup flavor inspired by beloved comfort dish: ‘Classic pairing’

Campbell’s is releasing the perfect soup flavor for grilled cheese lovers. The New Jersey-based canned soup company announced Thursday that it is debuting its new Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup product. The soup is “infused with the flavors of a grilled cheese sandwich for the ultimate spoonful of flavor and comfort,” according to a press release released by Campbell’s. KRAFT HEINZ UNVEILS PLANT-BASED ‘MAC & CHEESE’…

Americans dish the truth on Biden’s inflation: Going ‘up and up and up’

While President Biden might’ve touted an economic “comeback” in his State of the Union address Thursday night, Americans woke up Friday morning still feeling an inflationary hangover. “We’re going to do groceries now. Every week we go and we spend about $300. I have not seen a change at all. On the contrary, like it’s just going up,” a diner named Iris told FOX Business’…

Oscar Mayer to start offering plant-based hot dogs, sausages

Oscar Mayer will soon have meatless iterations of its hot dogs and sausages. The brand, owned by Kraft Heinz, will start selling plant-based “NotHotDogs” and “NotSausages” at retailers later in the year.  The meatless products will “offer fans the smoky, savory taste, meaty color, and thick, juicy bite they are craving in plant-based alternatives,” Kraft Heinz said in a Wednesday press release. They represent the…

Five Guys’ prices sparks outrage after $24 receipt goes viral: ‘Highway robbery’

A controversial $24 receipt from a Five Guys restaurant has recently put social media users up in arms. An X account named Wall Street Silver published a picture of the viral receipt, which he said he took from Reddit, on Mar. 1. “Five Guys prices are out of control,” the X user wrote. “$24 for one person.” WHAT YOU SHOULD ORDER AT MCDONALD’S, ACCORDING TO…

Hidden Valley Ranch launches Cheez-It-flavored dressing, ‘Cheezy Ranch’

Ranch dressing is getting a cheesy twist. Hidden Valley Ranch has announced its collaboration with Cheez-It to create the all-new Cheezy Ranch. The company is calling the dressing the “cheeziest ranch yet,” according to a press release. CHEEZ-IT LAUNCHES TWO NEW ‘EXTRA CRUNCHY’ SNACKS: ‘ABSURDLY-AMPED-UP SNACKING EXPERIENCE’ The cheesy creation was inspired by ranch lovers who combined ranch dressing with Cheez-It crackers, according to Hidden…

Soft drink company hiring two ‘soda consultants’ to travel across America for $40K

If you’re tech-savvy and love to travel, you might be a great contender for a dream role with a beverage brand that’s hiring a “senior soda consultant” to embark on an American adventure. “OLIPOP is looking for two real besties great at creating content, and open to traveling to each city on OLIPOP’s tour to share their love of soda not only with locals, but…

Panera announces major menu changes set to debut next month

Panera Bread will introduce nine new entrees and upgrade some of its current offerings. The changes, centered on giving “core” offerings like soups, salads and sandwiches a boost, arise out of a major update coming to its menus around the country starting April 4, the brand said Thursday. Panera said it aimed to offer “better value through enhanced portions and lower price points” with the menu…

Bud Light remains drag on parent company as Dylan Mulvaney hit lingers

Anheuser-Busch InBev beat sales estimates in its fourth quarter and full year 2023 results released Thursday. But the global beer giant continues to suffer in the U.S. from the boycott against its Bud Light brand nearly a year after entering its controversial partnership with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney. A-B reported revenue increased 7.8% last fiscal year, hitting an all-time high, but acknowledged its “full growth…

Kellogg CEO faces criticism for suggesting consumers eat cereal for dinner

WK Kellogg CEO Gary Pilnick is suggesting that consumers dealing with the high cost of food eat cereal for dinner. His message is landing him in hot water.  “We gotta reach the consumer where they are, so we’re advertising about cereal for dinner,” Pilnick said last week during an interview with CNBC.  He said the message is “landing really well” with consumers, who are spending…

Lays introduces new Sweet & Spicy Honey flavored chips inspired by ‘Love is Blind’ couple: ‘A Swicy twist’

Lay’s is introducing potato chips that taste “swicy” – a combination of sweet and spicy – and are inspired by a popular “Love Is Blind” couple. The potato chips brand announced the new Sweet & Spicy Honey potato chips product in a press release on Wednesday.  Lay’s worked with Cameron Hamilton and Lauren Speed-Hamilton, a couple featured on season 1 of “Love Is Blind”, to…

Krispy Kreme announces sweet Leap Day deal: How to score discounted donuts on Feb. 29

Leap Day occurs every four years on Feb. 29.  This year, the rare day falls on Thursday — and Krispy Kreme is going out of its way to ensure all the celebratory moves take place. The brand announced that customers could snag a dozen original donuts for just $2.29 — a nod to the 2/29 calendar date. KRISPY KREME ANNOUNCES LIMITED-TIME CHOCOLATE COLLABORATION WITH ICONIC BRAND:…