fast food chains

McDonald's Sales Drop for First Time Since 2003

McDonald's is having trouble stomaching the competition. The world's biggest hamburger chain said Thursday that global revenue fell for the first time in nearly a decade in October, as the company faced intensifying competition and a challenging economy.

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.

Easing Ronald McDonald Out of a Job

If you haven't seen Ronald McDonald around much these days, there's a reason for that. Facing increased competition from more upscale chains, McDonald's is more focused these days on selling profitable coffee drinks and salads, downplaying their namesake clown, who is more associated with Big Macs and Happy Meals.

The Taco Bell Beef Suit: Not All Processed Foods Are Evil

A new lawsuit against Taco Bell claims processed beef used by the fast food giant contains mostly fillers. Taco Bell vigorously denies the claim, but the litigation is drawing new attention to the years-long controversy over processed meats.

Starbucks Unveils New 'Coffee'-less Logo

Starbucks, the world's largest coffee-shop chain, on Wednesday unveiled a new logo that retains its iconic green mermaid but no longer includes the word "coffee," reflecting the company's efforts to expand sales through a broader array of menu and consumer-product items.

McDonald's Is Out to Shake Up the Milkshake

The ice cream drinks have been a fast-food favorite for decades. Now, McDonald's is considering giving them a new look -- serving the shakes in see-through plastic cups instead of the current white paper cup familiar to customers the world over.

McDonald's to raise prices in 2011

McDonald's Corp. plans to raise prices in 2011 in anticipation of higher commodity costs and a hope that an improving economy will mean diners...

Pretzel Logic: Will Auntie Anne Lead Focus to an IPO?

Little-known Focus Brands owns chains like Carvel, Cinnabon, Schlotzsky's and Moe's Southwest Grill. It now also owns Auntie Anne's, founded by Annie Beiler (pictured). Her pretzels could help Focus go public at some point.

KFC's Double Down is no bread-winner

I won't spend another $5.65 on KFC's new Double Down because the sandwich is naked. So what that it tastes OK. Or that it has enough hunger-slaying...

Subway to debut breakfast menu

Sandwich giant Subway announced that it wants to take a bite out of the breakfast market with the nationwide launch of egg and cheese breakfast...