Posts Tagged ‘fast food’

A Day Without Burgers

September 4, 2014

A Day Without Burgers

Don’t forget to pack a lunch this morning. Fast-food workers across the country are striking for a living wage, so’ll you’ll want to stay out of McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King. Don’t like cold sandwiches? Read this.


“Fast food workers plan biggest US strike to date over minimum wage,” Dominic Rushe, The Guardian

“Fast Food Workers Plan Another Strike in 150 Cities,” Victor Luckerson, TIME Magazine


Domino’s Pizza in Japan

August 20, 2014

Domino's Pizza in Japan

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises, which operates pizza outlets in Australia, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Monaco, and the Netherlands, bought a 75 percent interest in Japan’s Domino’s Pizza chain last year. This year the 61 Japanese stores helped boost the profit pie a hot and tasty 48 percent.

And then there’s this:


Fries & Faith, Burgers & Bibles

July 27, 2014

Fries & Faith, Burgers & Bibles

McDonald’s gives you toys with their fast food; In-N-Out Burger gives you the Bible. They don’t shove it down your throat, they write it on their burger wrappers. Here’s the menu:

Burger and cheeseburger wrappers – Revelation 3:20

Soda cups — John 3:16

Milkshake cups — Proverbs 3:5

Double-Double wrapper — Nahum 1:7

Fry Boat — Proverbs 24:16

So if you need inspiration, drive thru and get a Double-Double and a shake. And if you’re vegetarian or broke, look for the snappy In-N-Out logo in all that roadside litter.


China: Musty Meat at McDonald’s?

July 21, 2014

China: Musty Meat at McDonald's?

McDonald’s in China has stopped using meat from a local supplier after Shanghai authorities halted the firm’s operations over food safety concerns. The meat processor is suspected of supplying meat well past its due date and mislabeling it. KFC and Pizza Hut in China have also stopped using products from the supplier, Shanghai Husi, which is owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois.


“Yum, McDonald’s in Shanghai food safety investigation,” Engen Tham and Adam Jourdan, Reuters

“KFC, Pizza Hut, and McDonald’s are hit with a new China food scandal: expired meat products,” Lily Kuo, Quartz

“China’s latest fast food scandal: McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut sold expired meat,” Lindsay Abrams, Salon

“China food scandal spreads to Japan as Burger King, Starbucks admit using tainted supplier,” Reuters via South China Post


“Five held in China food scandal probe, including head of Shanghai Husi Food,” Brenda Goh and Paul Carsten, Reuters via 7 News/AUNews Yahoo

“Using expired meat in China was allegedly company policy for a US-owned supplier,” Lily Kuo, Quartz

“McDonald’s Japan Stops Sourcing All Chicken From China,” Chang-Ran Kim and Chris Gallagher, Reuters via New York Times

“McDonald’s China plans to continue using scandal-hit meat supplier OSI Group,” Nectar Gan, South China Morning Post

Further Updates:

“McDonald’s Food Supplier OSI Recalls Shanghai Products,” Liza Lin, Bloomberg News

“Some Chinese McDonalds are only selling fries and drinks due to a meat recall,” Lily Kuo, Quartz

“Fast-Food Scandal Revives China’s Food Safety Anxieties,” Anthony Kuhn, NPR

“McDonald’s Pulls Meat From China Restaurants,” Liza Lin, Bloomberg News

“Yum says China food safety scare hurting KFC, Pizza Hut sales,” Sruthi Ramakrishnan, Reuters

“Carving Out New Standards After China’s Fast Food Meat Scandal,” Zhang Yun, Economic Observer via Worldcrunch


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Serve the People! KFC in China.

March 31, 2014

Serve the People! KFC in China.

KFC’s China division is adding 15 new items to menus at the country’s 4,600 restaurants. Let a thousand chickens bloom! The new grub will be promoted by Chinese celebrities Chen Kun and Kē Zhèndōng. What’s the “K” in “KFC” stand for again, Kaiping?

KFC China is also rolling out a new mobile app and updated employee uniforms. Skeptics say it’s all meant to distract attention from last year’s Avian Flu and food safety scares.


McDonald’s in Vietnam

March 3, 2014

McDonald's in Vietnam

Vietnam’s first McDonald’s has opened in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). It’s the first fast food joint in town to have a motor scooter drive-through window and to stay open around the clock. This is McD’s 10,000th location in Asia. KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King, and Starbuck’s already beat Mickey D’s to Indochina.

The General Director of the Vietnam McDonald’s licensee is Vietnamese-American investor Henry Nguyen, MD (Nguyen Bao Hoang), son-in-law of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.


Influential Burger

January 25, 2014

Influential Burger

“The now-iconic square patty—which debuted in 1921 at the first White Castle in Wichita, Kansas—was the first burger to spawn a fast food-empire: by 1930, White Castle had 10 U.S. locations. But more importantly, the restaurant’s emphasis on cleanliness—facilities were white and customers could watch their burger meat being ground through a window—helped quell fears that all ground beef was as unsanitary as the stuff depicted in Upton Sinclair’s best-selling The Jungle, which was released in 1906. Its success paved the way for the great American burger obsession.”

— Sarah Begley, “The 17 Most Influential Burgers of All Time,” TIME Magazine (links added)


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Burrito-Making Robot

January 13, 2014

Burrito-Making Robot

Those 36,000 Redbox DVD rental kiosks have been joined by the Burrito Box, a stand-alone, automated burrito-generating device. Say “saludos, señores” to our new robot overlords.

The first two Burrito Boxes are in Los Angeles where, as everyone knows, it’s so damn hard to find burritos. The touch-screen kiosks dispense $3 hot burritos in 60 seconds, presumably cooking them with heat generated by the blaring music videos on their screens during that minute. The five options of Evol “all-natural” burritos are 3 bucks a pop with additional charges for guacamole, sour cream and Tabasco sauce.


McRib Confidential

November 18, 2013

McRib Confidential
Warning: The McRib is back It’s a seasonal plague, like the flu. Public health officials have produced an online map so you can avoid the worst infestations.

Often mistaken for an innocent sandwich, the McR is composed of “Restructured Meat” made from pulverized and re-glued pig innards, ammonium sulfate, polysorbate 80, sodium benzoate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oils, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate, soy flour, sodium stearoyl lactylate, ascorbic acid, mono- and diglycerides, ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides, monocalcium phosphate, calcium peroxide, calcium propionate,high fructose corn syrup, xanthan gum, and sodium benzoate. And let’s not forget azodicarbonamide, used to make yoga mats.

Want to see what it looks like before it’s covered in sauce? Sure? Okay then, look here.