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McDonald’s, Others to Fight NLRB Determination on Franchisees

online.wsj.com — McDonald's Corp. and other franchise companies are preparing a major public campaign to fight a recent National Labor Relations Board determination that could hold them responsible for the labor practices of their franchisees. The International Franchise Association, an industry group that counts McDonald's among its biggest members, is seeking lobbyists and public relations firms to craft a far-reaching campaign to fight the NLRB's...

Jana Taste at McDonald’s a Nibble, not a Bite

blogs.wsj.com — By David Benoit and Julie JargonA firm known for its activist positions is taking a nibble at the Big Mac.Jana Partners LLC has taken a small stake in McDonald's Corp., though the relatively tiny position doesn't currently signal any aggression.

Burger King Posts Loss on Acquisition Costs

online.wsj.com — Burger King Worldwide Inc. swung to a loss in the third quarter as the fast-food chain's expenses more than doubled, driven in part by its $11 billion acquisition of Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc. On Tuesday, Burger King said it expects the deal to close in late 2014 or early 2015.

McDonald’s to Change U.S. Structure

online.wsj.com — McDonald's Corp. is eliminating layers of management and creating a new organizational structure in the U.S. as it seeks to better respond to consumer tastes. The burger giant, which has been struggling to hold on to young customers who have been defecting to fast casual chains, is planning to give leaders in its 22 U.S.

Burger King Franchisees Lukewarm on ‘Field Coaches’ From Headquarters

online.wsj.com — A year ago, Wayne Burke, a franchisee who operates 93 Burger Kings in Southern California, was frustrated with the number of people descending on him from corporate headquarters. Mr. Burke was dealing with up to 10 "field coaches," who guide Burger King franchisees on everything from cost-cutting tricks to cooking techniques.

Restaurant Owners Look for Creative Ways to Escape Health-Law Penalties

blogs.wsj.com — Restaurant owners facing the prospect of fines for not offering workers affordable health insurance are finding some creative ways to keep the number of eligible employees to a minimum. While some companies are enrolling employees in Medicaid to avoid the penalties, which go into effect next year under the Affordable Care Act, others are considering changing their ownership structure.

Companies Try to Escape Health Law’s Penalties

online.wsj.com — With companies set to face fines next year for not complying with the new mandate to offer health insurance, some are pursuing strategies like enrolling employees in Medicaid to avoid penalties and hold down costs.

McDonald’s Profit Falls 30% on U.S., China Woes

online.wsj.com — McDonald's Corp. said its third-quarter earnings fell a worse-than-expected 30% as the fast-food giant continues to struggle in the U.S. and other parts of the world.

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.
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Nov 14, 2014

McDonald’s and others are preparing to fight an NLRB determination on franchisees on.wsj.com/1xzT1xU via @WSJ $MCD

Nov 12, 2014

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Nov 11, 2014

@Mads_hop Hi, can you follow me so I can send you a direct message?

Nov 04, 2014

RT @benfritz: “Elsa doesn’t really do anything but sing this great song and, let’s be honest, she’s kind of a jerk." online.wsj.com/articles/elsa-…

Oct 31, 2014

Food companies seek to cook up more flavors w/ natural ingredients. Castoreum, anyone? on.wsj.com/1rDlywC @Annie_Gasparro @jessenewman13

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