fast food

Can the McRib Save McDonald's?

The McRib is back on the McDonald's menu, and the popular sandwich is returning to the Golden Arches at just the right time. October was a bad month for the fast food giant, and it needs all the pork-fueled help it can get to beef up sales.

McDonald's November Sales Figure Rises

McDonald's said Monday that a key sales figure rose in November, as U.S. customers snapped up the world's biggest hamburger chain's breakfast offerings and limited-time Cheddar Bacon Onion sandwiches. The increase follows a decline in October.

Can a Dollar Menu Push Bring More Dollars Back to McDonald's?

McDonald's franchisees have spoken. They're fine with the world's largest restaurant chain beefing up its Dollar Menu in an effort to reverse a recent sales decline. What they aren't cool with is breaking the buck with even lower-priced offerings.

Has McDonald's Menu Gotten Too Expensive?

McDonald's in October suffered its first monthly decline in comparable-store sales since 2003 -- and October is usually a good month for the burger giant. So what did Ronald do wrong? Too much focus on premium menu items, too little on what its customers really want: Low cost eats.

Halloween Deals: Booritos and Beyond

If getting free candy just for dressing up isn't a good enough deal for you, here are a few other Halloween deals that may strike your fancy.

McDonald's Franchisees Have Some Harsh Words for Headquarters

The franchisor-franchisee relationship can be a tense one, especially when corporate asks the operators to spend more money. That's true even at a market leader like McDonald's, where remodeling investments, marketing campaigns and discounting are touchy subjects right now.

Wendy's Updates Logo as Part of Revamp

Wendy's pigtails are getting a tweak. The Dublin, Ohio-based fast food company is updating its logo in a move intended to signal its ongoing transformation into a higher-end hamburger chain.

Copycows: Burger King Menu Has It McDonald's Way ... Again

If imitation is the sincerest form of culinary flattery, Burger King is praising McDonald's playbook: The Home of the Whopper just rolled out some new menu items last week, and once again, many of them will seem awfully familiar to Mickey D's customers.

Lobster and Caviar Burgers? Wendy's Menu Goes Upscale in Japan

In the U.S., Wendy's popularity is based on such signature items as its fresh, square ground-beef patties and the Frosty. In Japan, where the fast food chain is looking to expand, it's taking a decidedly more upscale approach, with burger toppings such as lobster and caviar.

Something Shocking Is Coming to the McDonald's Menu

McDonald's new ad campaign highlighting its "Favorites Under 400 Calories" isn't just an attempt to highlight its healthier items during the Olympics; it's probably a preview of what's to come from restaurants around the country.

Olympic Chief Bites Tongue on McDonalds, Coke Sponsorships

Jacques Rogge, head of the International Olympic Committee has backed off his criticism of London 2012 sponsors Coke and McDonald's as promoting unhealthy behaviors and obesity. But with the fat sponsorship contracts at stake, did he really have any choice?

How Burger King Can Win After IPO: A Fast Food Expert's Recipe

The competition has been eating Burger King's lunch for awhile, but its recent changes gave it a boost. Now, its new status as a public company could light a fire under the No. 3 burger chain, says analyst Steven West. Here's his recipe for Burger King's post-IPO success.

How This Fast Food Chain Is Eating McDonald's Lunch in Asia

The most popular Western-style, fast-food company in China right now is Yum! Brands, which operates Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC. In fact, Yum!'s operations in China dwarf McDonald's -- and looks like it'll repeat the feat in India too.

3 Big Lies Food Companies Are Feeding You

Here are three big lies food companies have been feeding consumers about how their food is modified, treated and processed -- issues those companies are hoping to keep you in the dark about.

Burger King Dusting Off Crown and Going Public Again

Burger King is dusting off its crown and going public again. The world's No. 2 hamburger chain, which is in the midst of overhauling its menu and stores, says it expects to relist its shares on the New York Stock Exchange within the next three months.

Why Yum! Took a Chance on Doritos Locos Tacos

Taco Bell's new Doritos Locos Taco hit restaurants last week, and it's already getting plenty of publicity -- and mockery. But whether it's a hit or a flop, expect more fast food mash-ups and bold blunders from the big chains.

Is This Company Prepared for the Worst? (Probably Not)

Every investor should be asking their portfolio companies what succession plans they have to replace their CEOs in the event of a tragedy like that which befell Micron Technology CEO Steve Appleton last week. Because unfortunately, many companies don't have any plan at all.

Why Wendy's Will Never Be Great Again

These should be exciting times for Wendy's: It has revamped its burgers, spun off Arby's, expanded back into Japan, and is going to take another crack at the breakfast game. But despite all that, its share price is around the cost of its value meals, and that's unlikely to change.

Can Fast Food Really Make America Healthier?

McDonald's and other fast-food establishments recently garnered praise from First Lady Michelle Obama for making great strides toward "making America healthier." But how admirable have their efforts really been? Here's a closer look at the likely effects of changes to the happy meal -- and a different business's better efforts.