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Restaurant Industry Reporter — Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal's restaurant industry reporter, Greater LA

Late-Night Sales on a Roll for U.S. Fast-Food Outlets

wsj.com — Fast-food chains are extending their hours to feed a burgeoning market of night owls and ultra-early risers and help wring more sales out of their existing restaurants. At McDonald's Corp.-which reported another quarter of strong earnings Tuesday-the hours of midnight to 5 a.m. are the fastest growing time segment in its U.S.

McDonald's Faces 'Millennial' Challenge

wsj.com — Behind McDonald's Corp.'s worst slump in a decade is a trend that may augur even tougher times ahead: The Golden Arches is losing its luster with younger consumers. The world's largest restaurant company by revenue earlier this month reported its sharpest monthly decline in global same-store sales since early 2003, adjusted for calendar...

Supermarkets, Convenience Stores Now Woo Diners, Too

wsj.com — Consumers weighing whether to dine out at a tablecloth restaurant or a fast-food joint now have additional options to consider: the grocery store and the minimart. Supermarkets have long offered items like rotisserie chicken, and convenience stores have served roller-grill hotdogs and heat-lamp pizza.

How to Revive McDonald’s? Ideas from Four Experts

wsj.com — Battling a stubborn sales slump, McDonald's Corp. has announced a menu of sometimes paradoxical remedies that illustrate the wide array of competitive challenges it faces. It has pledged to both simplify its U.S.

NLRB Names McDonald’s as ‘Joint-Employer’ of Workers at Its Franchisees

wsj.com — The National Labor Relations Board issued labor complaints that name McDonald's Corp. as a "joint-employer" of workers at its franchisees, a win for unions in their effort to get the agency to hold franchisers liable for labor violations by store owners.

Bob Evans’s CEO resigns as board revamps firm

marketwatch.com — Bob Evans Farms Inc.'s longtime chief executive resigned under pressure Sunday as the company's board stepped up a push to revamp the restaurant-and-food company following an activist-led proxy fight. Bob Evans said Steve Davis was stepping down "under mutual agreement" with the board as it continued to review strategic options that could include splitting its restaurant and packaged-food operations.

Bob Evans’s CEO Resigns as Board Revamps Firm

McDonald’s to pare menu, review ingredients

bdlive.co.za — MCDONALD's outlined plans for major changes to its food offerings - from the items it sells to how they are made - in the fast-food giant's most far-reaching steps yet to try to rejuvenate its flagging US business.

McDonald’s plans to cut items from menu

marketwatch.com — McDonald's Corp. outlined plans for major changes to its food offerings-from the items it sells to how they're made-in the fast-food giant's most far-reaching steps yet to try to rejuvenate its flagging U.S. business.

McDonald’s Planning New Menu With Fewer Items

wsj.com — McDonald's Corp. plans to pare menu items starting next month and put greater emphasis on improving the quality of its food, executives said on Wednesday in an investor briefing on the company's efforts to turn around its U.S. business.
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Jan 28, 2015

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Dec 16, 2014

Darden shows progress as Olive Garden posts same-store sales growth $DRI on.wsj.com/1wHs0Zn via @WSJ

Dec 11, 2014

Incoming $YUM CEO plans to yank preservatives in bid to appeal to younger customers, vows to fix China business.on.wsj.com/1Dhwk7M

Dec 10, 2014

#McDonald’s US President Says Food To Get An Overhaul: “Why do we need to have preservatives in our food?”on.wsj.com/1wgVD3m $MCD

Dec 03, 2014

This is the best justification I've seen to eat more sweets! on.wsj.com/1yOI6So via @WSJ

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