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Restaurant Industry Reporter — Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal's restaurant industry reporter, Greater LA

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.

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

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Oct 31, 2014

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

Oct 22, 2014

Employers looking at "skinny" health plans to counter health law's penalties on.wsj.com/1pBg7P4 via @WSJ @annawmathews

Oct 22, 2014

Restaurant Owners Look for Creative Ways to Escape Health-Law Penalties on.wsj.com/12d6pNH via @WSJ #ACA

Oct 22, 2014

Medicaid, skinny plans, reducing work hours -- tactics employers are using to lower health costs: on.wsj.com/127wgXq @annawmathews

Oct 21, 2014

Localized menu offerings, digital ordering in the works to fix McDonald's. Will it be enough? on.wsj.com/1pwL9rt via @WSJ $MCD

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

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