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Starbucks to offer chance at free drinks for life

marketwatch.com — Starbucks Corp. Chief Executive Howard Schultz is trying to reverse the "seismic shift" he noticed last year when Americans in large numbers turned to online ordering for holiday gifts, leaving brick-and-mortar retailers suffering. After the winter holidays last year, Starbucks reported lower-than-expected same-store sales growth, citing a drop in traffic at malls and shopping centers, which resulted in fewer trips to its cafes.

Starbucks to Offer Customers a Chance to Win Free Drinks for Life

online.wsj.com — Starbucks Corp. Chief Executive Howard Schultz is trying to reverse the "seismic shift" he noticed last year when Americans in large numbers turned to online ordering for holiday gifts, leaving brick-and-mortar retailers suffering. After the winter holidays last year, Starbucks reported lower-than-expected same-store sales growth, citing a drop in traffic at malls and shopping centers, which resulted in fewer trips to its cafes.

McDonald’s Hires Back Another Former U.S. Executive

online.wsj.com — McDonald's has hired back Karen King, retired east division president for McDonald's USA, as it tries to stabilize its U.S. business.

Starboard Succeeds in Replacing Entire Darden Board

online.wsj.com — Starboard Value LP succeeded in replacing the entire board of Darden Restaurants Inc., according to a preliminary count of the vote of shareholders, the company said Friday. The New York hedge fund, which owns 8.8% of Darden and is the company's second-biggest shareholder, will have two of its own partners on the board along with 10 other directors it nominated.

Calorie Counts Come Down at Restaurants

TGI Fridays to Sell Most of Its U.S. Company-Owned Outlets

online.wsj.com — SOUTH GATE, Calif.--TGI Fridays Inc. plans to become the latest restaurant company to effectively exit the business of running restaurants. The casual dining chain, which is owned by private-equity firms, plans sell most of its 247 company-owned restaurants in the U.S. to franchisees, executives told The Wall Street Journal.

Starbucks to Sell Single-Origin Coffees in Supermarkets

online.wsj.com — Starbucks Corp. is trying to win over coffee connoisseurs with a new line of single-origin coffees-the latest trend in the world of coffee snobbery-that will be sold in supermarkets starting this month. The Seattle coffee maker, with its more than 11,000 U.S.

U.S. Fast-Food Workers Protest for Higher Wages

online.wsj.com — Labor activists ramped up efforts to draw attention to their push for higher wages for fast-food workers by organizing demonstrations and blocking traffic in cities around the U.S. on Thursday. As of late morning, 19 people involved in the protests-which mainly target McDonald's Corp.

Dunkin Donuts to Launch First Hot Dark-Roast Coffee

online.wsj.com — Dunkin' Donuts, long known for its light coffee, is going dark, in the latest move to poach customers in the escalating java wars. The unit of Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. debuted its new dark-roast coffee, the first hot dark roast in its 64-year history, on Thursday at a Modesto, Calif., store, and plans to sell it nationwide starting Sept.

Burger King, Tim Hortons: Growth Through Hands-Off Franchising

online.wsj.com — Burger King Worldwide Inc. and Tim Hortons Inc. have different home markets and very different menus. The new partners do have something in common: They are restaurant companies that generally don't run restaurants. Their shared business model-outsourcing the funding and operation of their thousands of outlets almost entirely to franchisees-offers one of the biggest benefits of tying up.
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Oct 16, 2014

Starbucks' plan to win more holiday customers: offer chance to win free Starbucks for life. $SBUX on.wsj.com/1wc30rE via @WSJ

Oct 10, 2014

Now that Darden shareholders have elected all 12 Starboard board picks, what's next? on.wsj.com/ZTkpLC @JoannLublin @DaveCBenoit

Oct 08, 2014

Restaurant chains have been rolling out new lower-calorie items. Could it make a dent in obesity rates? on.wsj.com/1t200kq via @WSJ

Oct 06, 2014

Think you know which time of day is busiest for fast food chains? Hint: it's not lunch. bit.ly/10GClt7 @SamQSR

Sep 10, 2014

#Starbucks aims to go upscale with single-origin coffees in supermarkets on.wsj.com/1lWcDuu via @WSJ $SBUX

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