WBEZ | McDonald's http://www.wbez.org/tags/mcdonalds-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Breakfast Bump: McDonald's U.S. Sales Jump 5.7 Percent http://www.wbez.org/news/breakfast-bump-mcdonalds-us-sales-jump-57-percent-114594 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_880525879168.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>NEW YORK (AP) &mdash; McDonald&#39;s says offering breakfast around the clock helped jolt its sales.</p><p>Sales at the world&#39;s biggest hamburger chain rose 5.7 percent in the U.S. for the final three months of 2015, boosted by unseasonably warm weather and the launch of an all-day breakfast menu in October.</p><p>That marked the second straight quarter of domestic growth as McDonald&#39;s fights to win back customers, and the best showing since early 2012. Globally, sales rose 5 percent at established locations.</p><p>McDonald&#39;s, which has more than 36,000 locations around the world, is working to turnaround its business under CEO Steve Easterbrook, who will mark one year on the job in March. The Oak Brook,&nbsp;Illinois, company has conceded that it failed to keep up with changing tastes, and that order speed and accuracy suffered as its menu grew more expansive.</p><p>Despite the encouraging finish to the year, McDonald&#39;s has a long way to go. For all of 2015, U.S. customer visits fell 3 percent at established McDonald&#39;s locations. That followed a 4.1 percent drop the previous year. Guest counts declined globally as well during the period.</p><p>In a call with analysts, Easterbrook cautioned that the company wanted to see another quarter or two of positive results before shifting gears from turnaround mode to a focus on growth.</p><p>The launch of all-day breakfast has been one of the company&#39;s most high-profile maneuvers under Easterbrook. The decision to make select items like the Egg McMuffin available around the clock generated a surge of national media coverage. Fans of McDonald&#39;s breakfast had long complained of being unable satisfy their cravings later in the day.</p><p>As the initial fanfare settles down, Easterbrook said McDonald&#39;s would keep momentum going by focusing on areas like improving order accuracy and a recently launched mobile app. In early January, McDonald&#39;s also introduced a &quot;McPick 2 for $2&quot; menu intended to draw bargain hunters.</p><p>The quarterly performance may also have gotten a boost from a culling of underperforming stores. McDonald&#39;s finished the year with 14,259 stores in the U.S., a decline of 91 stores from the previous year.</p><p>It was the first time McDonald&#39;s ended the year with fewer U.S. restaurants since at least 1970, according to an Associated Press review of regulatory filings.</p><p>Sales for the &quot;International Lead&quot; unit, which includes the United Kingdom and Canada, rose 4.2 percent during the fourth quarter. In the high-growth markets unit, which includes Russia and China, sales climbed 3 percent.</p><p>For the three months ended Dec. 31, McDonald&#39;s Corp. earned $1.21 billion, or $1.31 per share. That beat Wall Street expectations for $1.23 per share, according to FactSet.</p><p>Total revenue was $6.34 billion, also topping the $6.24 billion analysts expected.</p><p>For the year, total revenue fell 7 percent to $25.4 billion, hit by unfavorable currency exchange translations. Profit fell 5 percent to $4.53 billion.</p><p>Shares of McDonald&#39;s were up 1 percent at $119.45.</p></p> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/breakfast-bump-mcdonalds-us-sales-jump-57-percent-114594 Teachers unions say McDonald’s exploits teachers with fundraiser http://www.wbez.org/news/teachers-unions-say-mcdonald%E2%80%99s-exploits-teachers-fundraiser-113346 <p><div>About a year ago, Mark Noltner&rsquo;s daughter came home from kindergarten carrying a flyer with a picture of Ronald McDonald on it.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;She told me that some of the teachers were wearing &lsquo;McTeacher&rsquo;s&rsquo; shirts to school,&rdquo; he recalled, &ldquo;And trying to entice the students to go to McDonald&rsquo;s that evening where the teachers would be working behind the counter and serving unhealthy food to them.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Noltner, a northwest suburban parent and teacher was appalled. And the experience led him to join a <a href="http://commercialfreechildhood.org/3-million-teachers-mcdonalds-were-not-lovin-it#.Vh5FVvtwO7U.twitter" target="_blank">campaign </a>this week involving more than 50 teachers unions that are urging McDonald&rsquo;s, CEO Steve Easterbrook, to end the fundraisers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><object data="http://commercialfreechildhood.org/sites/default/files/openlettertomcdonalds.pdf#toolbar=0&amp;messages=0" height="400" type="application/pdf" width="620"><p>It appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. No worries, just <a href="http://commercialfreechildhood.org/sites/default/files/openlettertomcdonalds.pdf">click here to download the PDF file.</a></p></object></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>When McDonald&rsquo;s corporate representatives were presented with similar criticism at a shareholder&rsquo;s meeting earlier this year, the company responded, with this statement to WBEZ: &ldquo;McTeacher&rsquo;s Nights are fundraisers initiated by schools to raise money for their schools. It&#39;s a local community initiative, not something managed at the national nor global level.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But Kara Kaufman of activist group Corporate Accountability International, which is organizing the anti-McTeacher&rsquo;s night campaign, said she doesn&rsquo;t believe it. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;We know that this a tactic that is driven by McDonald&rsquo;s corporate,&rdquo; Kaufman said Wednesday. &ldquo;Just from public listings, we&rsquo;ve been able to document 360 McTeacher&rsquo;s events in 30 states. So it&rsquo;s simply not possible that this is driven by only a handful of franchisees.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p>Indeed, late on Wednesday (five months after McDonald&#39;s said it doesn&#39;t centrally manage the fundraisers) the company issued a statement suggesting that it does manage the fundraisers at its company owned restaurants and they&#39;ve generated more than $2.5 million in McTeachers donations in less than two years.</p><p>&ldquo;McTeacher&rsquo;s Nights are all about community, fun and fundraising. As parents and members of their communities, McDonald&rsquo;s franchisees and our corporate restaurants have long supported what matters most to them. McTeacher&rsquo;s Nights are one example....some of our company-owned restaurants conduct McTeacher Night fundraisers and since they are owned by the company, we know how much has been given to schools and organizations through these events. From January 2013 through September 2015, the company-owned restaurants have paid over $2,525,000 to organizations for donations from McTeacher Nights.&quot;</p></div><div>Fundraising potential aside, critics of the program believe they place a stamp of approval on a food category that hurts children.&nbsp; A 2004 <a href="http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/113/1/112.abstract" target="_blank">study in the journal <em>Pediatrics</em>&nbsp;</a>linked fast food consumption among young people with diminished dietary quality that could &ldquo;plausibly lead to obesity.&rdquo; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Among the unions protesting the practice is the Chicago Teachers Union, whose vice president Jesse Sharkey issued this statement:&nbsp;</div><blockquote><div><em>&ldquo;It is wholly inappropriate for McDonald&rsquo;s to exploit cash-strapped schools to market its junk food brand, while </em><em>miring</em><em> its workers in poverty, effectively hollowing out the tax base for our schools. In Chicago we face potentially devastating cuts to our schools, yet one of the world&rsquo;s richest corporations operating in our backyard is exploiting this situation by eroding the school food environment and our students&#39; health in the long-run.&rdquo;</em></div></blockquote><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/McDonalds%20corporate.jpg" style="height: 169px; width: 300px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;" title="More than 50 teachers unions called on McDonald’s Wednesday to stop its McTeacher’s Nights. McDonald’s corporate office in Oak Brook said it does not manage the controversial McTeacher’s Nights fundraisers, but activists believe there is national coordination. (WBEZ/Monica Eng)" /></p><div>CAI and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood said they conducted an economic survey of McTeacher&rsquo;s Night events&nbsp;and concluded that the fundraisers end up earning about $1 to $2 per child, and rarely more than $1,000 for the entire night.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Noltner doesn&rsquo;t see this as a great trade off for anyone.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;Teachers work really hard to build a sense of trust between them and their students,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And hearing that McDonald&rsquo;s is kind of exploiting this relationship to sell a product really frustrated me...I guess I have to ask: Is that $1 or $2 per student really worth the health of a child later in life?&rdquo;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Monica Eng is a WBEZ food and health reporter. Follow her at <a href="https://twitter.com/monicaeng" target="_blank">@monicaeng</a> or write to her at <a href="mailto:meng@wbez.org?subject=McTeachers">meng@wbez.org</a></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 15:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/teachers-unions-say-mcdonald%E2%80%99s-exploits-teachers-fundraiser-113346 Lee/Mannheim Rd, Des Plaines: Photo of the Day - April 22, 2013 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/photo-day/2013-04/leemannheim-rd-des-plaines-photo-day-april-22-2013-106768 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jknecht/8666950434/in/pool-32855810@N00/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/POTD_LeeManheim%20Rd%2C%20Des%20Plaines.jpg" title="Lee/Mannheim Rd, Des Plaines (Flickr/J.Knecht)" /></a></div></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/photo-day/2013-04/leemannheim-rd-des-plaines-photo-day-april-22-2013-106768 The pointless boycott http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/pointless-boycott-104561 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5101399_62ae450468.jpg" style="float: right; height: 400px; width: 300px;" title="Flickr/Tiger Mask" /><span id="internal-source-marker_0.7611763020019411">I used to date a guy who absolutely, positively would </span>not shop at The Gap. He simply thought it was evil, to the point that if we were shopping together and I wanted to pop in, he would wait outside the entire time. I found this boycott pretty dumb considering that he did patronize Banana Republic and Old Navy (all part of the same company), but he held firm. The Gap was bad for reasons he could not articulate and he would not shop there.</div><p><br />We broke up (unrelated to this) and now I am married to a man who feels similarly about McDonald&rsquo;s. No real explanation why &mdash; he will eat at Arby&rsquo;s, Burger King, Wendy&rsquo;s, any old fast food crap out there when the time calls for it &mdash; but not Micky D&rsquo;s, and, like with the other guy, has no particular explanation why. This perturbs me as sometimes (especially in the morning) I think McDonald&rsquo;s is the only option. Last summer we went on a road trip and were about to make separate fast food lunch runs: me to McDonald&rsquo;s, him to Subway (which I boycott myself but for a very good reason: the food has a bland taste in my mouth when I eat it) when we compromised on Sonic and neither of us was happy.<br /><br />But I am not immune to the steadfastness of the pointless boycott. Last week I asked a girlfriend what she had on her Christmas list, and she said she was hoping to receive some clothes from Lululemon, the ladies&rsquo; workout gear store.<br /><br />&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t shop there,&rdquo; I said. &ldquo;And I don&rsquo;t really have a good reason for it.&rdquo;<br /><br />&ldquo;I know why,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the symbolic clothing of rich stay-at-home moms who have extra money to blow on designer exercise clothing.&quot; Which was kind of a sick burn aimed at herself.<br /><br />&ldquo;Not really,&rdquo; I said.</p><p>It&rsquo;s not as deep as that, and if it were, I wouldn&rsquo;t diss my friend like that by saying I thought she looked like an idle jerk. I happen to like workout clothes from Nordstrom and a company called Athleta (owned by the evil Gap) and they&rsquo;re really no different that I can tell from Lululemon. It&rsquo;s just that I have decided that this is going to be the one, really stupid and specific way I will resist a particular lady clothing tide. It&rsquo;s not them or their corporate practices or their clientele or their product; it&rsquo;s me. I am somehow different and unique this way. A special snowflake, you know?<br /><br />So, what have you got? What are companies that you refuse to patronize for no good reason?</p></p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/pointless-boycott-104561 Micky D's...the D is for Defribillator http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/micky-dsthe-d-defribillator-102675 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5232980362_62de3bfd83_z.jpg" style="float: left; height: 225px; width: 300px; " title="(Flickr/Michael Newman)" />&quot;As a culture, we&rsquo;re impatient with bothersome facts that impede our path to&nbsp;immediate gratification,&quot; said actress and writer Robyn Okrant at <em>The Paper Machete</em>. &quot;Not even the wise old owl could wait to find out the exact&nbsp;amount of licks it takes to get the center of a Tootsie Pop.&nbsp;Numbers bog us down. They cramp our style.&quot; Most specifically, numbers like those that <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/13/business/mcdonalds-to-start-posting-calorie-counts.html">McDonald&#39;s is being required to post</a>, explaining the calorie counts of their food. Read an excerpt below or listen above:</p><div><em>Breaking news. McDonald&rsquo;s isn&rsquo;t the bastion of healthy eating that we&rsquo;ve been led&nbsp;to believe. No, no, it&rsquo;s true. Sit back down. Hear me out.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Last week, &nbsp;all McDonald&rsquo;s restaurants posted calorie counts for its dangerously&nbsp;addictive food (I use the term &ldquo;food&rdquo; loosely, but the term &ldquo;dangerously addictive&rdquo;&nbsp;literally). In this selfless, humanitarian display of concern for unhealthy American&nbsp;diners, Micky D&rsquo;s menus now lists calories for every food and beverage item, in&nbsp;hopes its ever-expanding customers don&rsquo;t plummet through the earth&rsquo;s crust. And&nbsp;by &ldquo;selfless humanitarian display of concern&rdquo; I mean they were mandated to do&nbsp;this by an Obama healthcare law which says all restaurants with more than 20&nbsp;locations must clearly post the nutritional facts about their food.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Chains like Panera, Outback Steakhouse, Panda Express (even Starbucks is not&nbsp;above this) will publicly disclose the eye-popping calorie totals of our favorite&nbsp;treats. Spoiler alert: When you see the calories for a Bloomin&rsquo; Onion, you&rsquo;re gonna&nbsp;</em><em>have a heart attack. Or you&rsquo;ll have one after you eat it. One way or another, you&#39;re going to&nbsp;have a heart attack.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>While the calorie posting regulation doesn&rsquo;t go into effect until later this year,&nbsp;McDonald&rsquo;s chose to be the pioneer of the nutritional disclosure frontier.&nbsp;Health-watchers ponder if posting nutritional facts will induce customers to make&nbsp;healthier choices. Didn&rsquo;t we know all along that burgers and fries are not&nbsp;a nutritious meal, but still ordered them anyway? I don&rsquo;t know the temperature of a&nbsp;lit match, but I do know not to put it in my eye.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Does the cold hard truth served up in the form of numbers really make a bit of&nbsp;difference to Americans? Let&rsquo;s ask all the semi-truck drivers who have gotten their&nbsp;rigs stuck under the overpass near my home. They read the clearance heights, but&nbsp;still chose to &ldquo;just go for it&rdquo; instead of choosing a sensible alternative.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Note: the audio for this piece mistakenly stated the current U.S. National Debt. It is $16 trillion.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 pm., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></div></p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/micky-dsthe-d-defribillator-102675 Breakfast boosts McDonald's same-store sales worldwide http://www.wbez.org/story/breakfast-boosts-mcdonalds-same-store-sales-worldwide-86246 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-09/McDonald&#039;s Qatar_Getty_Sean Gallup.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Oak Brook-based McDonald's reported strong growth in April same-store sales figures on Monday.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The world's biggest hamburger chain reported a 4 percent increase in revenue at company-owned and franchised restaurants in the U.S.&nbsp;</p><p>Results were even better overseas.&nbsp; Sales of McDonald's McCafe drinks and breakfast items drove April revenues up 6 percent worldwide.&nbsp;</p><p>The figures are a snapshot of food revenue and don't include franchise fees and rents that make up part of McDonald's corporate revenue.</p><p>Revenue at stores open at least a year is a key gauge of a restaurant operator's health because it excludes results from stores opened or closed during the year.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 09 May 2011 14:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/breakfast-boosts-mcdonalds-same-store-sales-worldwide-86246