WBEZ | McDonalds http://www.wbez.org/tags/mcdonalds Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Vegan author urges McDonald's to offer fake meat burger? http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/vegan-author-urges-mcdonalds-offer-fake-meat-burger-109592 <p><p>A couple of weeks ago, animal activists sparked heated debates around an anti-meat billboard erected <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/peta-urges-publican-serve-fake-meat-109537">near the Publican restaurant</a> in Chicago&rsquo;s meatpacking district.&nbsp;</p><p>By the end of the kerfuffle, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was asking the restaurant to add a fake meat dish to the menu&mdash;a request that the Publican politely declined, noting that it already featured non-meat dishes, but not specifically faux flesh.</p><p>A new <a href="http://www.change.org/petitions/mcdonald-s-it-s-time-for-a-healthy-meatless-option%20%20">Change.org petition</a> urges Oak Brook based McDonald&rsquo;s to do essentially the same thing&mdash;although the words &ldquo;faux meat&rdquo; are replaced by &ldquo;plant-based protein&rdquo; and &ldquo;meat substitute.&rdquo;</p><p>In six days the petition has already gained the support of Ellen Degeneres, food writer Mark Bittman, Def Jam founder Russell Simmons, actress Alicia Silverstone and about 73,000 others. It was filed by Los Angeles-based, bestselling author, vegan and wellness activist <a href="http://www.change.org/petitions/mcdonald-s-it-s-time-for-a-healthy-meatless-option%20%20">Kathy Freston</a> who says salads just aren&rsquo;t enough.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;We want something protein-centric,&rdquo; she told WBEZ Tuesday. &ldquo;They have things like salads and a McVeggie wrap but Americans grew up with the tradition of burgers and we love burgers. So it&rsquo;s not necessarily that we want some extra vegetables. We want the traditional stuff we grew up loving. We just want a better version of it.&rdquo;</p><p>While Freston has heard from many supporters, others (including vegetarians) strongly oppose faux meat. They argue that much of it is just highly processed, genetically modified corn and soy packed with variations of MSG to flavor it. They ask why animal rights groups would insist on such products rather than freshly prepared, whole foods that don&rsquo;t attempt to mimic meat at all.</p><p>&ldquo;Yes, there are a lot of purist who say they don&rsquo;t want to eat processed foods and they want whole foods cooked at home,&rdquo; Freston says. &ldquo;We could say that we don&rsquo;t want anything GMO or with gluten but I believe in progress and not perfection. Any incremental move we can make toward health and more humane options is a good one. And I understand that a lot of people are further along the spectrum in their health personally, but I travel a lot. I&rsquo;m in airports, I&rsquo;m on the road a lot and McDonalds would be great [option] if I could stop in and get a veggie burger.&rdquo;</p><p>So far, Freston says she has heard nothing but &ldquo;crickets&rdquo; back from McDonald&rsquo;s. The fast food chain, however, did respond to WBEZ Tuesday, saying in a statement:</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/freston.JPG" style="height: 331px; width: 200px; float: right;" title="Vegan author Kathy Freston is urging McDonald’s to offer a faux meat burger. But some argue that that fake meat is not the best vegetarian option. (Image courtesy of Kathy Freston)" />&ldquo;At this time, we have many menu items that can be customized without meat like our Premium McWraps and Salads, as well as many breakfast options that are available to order without meat and still provide a source of protein.In our experience, menu items at McDonald&rsquo;s are most successful when enough customers choose to select them. It allows us to ensure freshness of ingredients and overall quality of the food item. We&rsquo;ll continue to evolve our menu to meet the changing preferences of our customers.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>So are McDonald&rsquo;s current meat-free options enough?</p><p>As Freston&rsquo;s petition continues to gain steam, the question of whether meat substitutes should/do constitute an improvement over meat or other vegetarian fare will likely linger. What do you think? &nbsp;</p><p><em>Monica Eng is a WBEZ producer and co-host of the Chewing The Fat podcast. Follow her at <a href="https://twitter.com/monicaeng">@monicaeng</a> or write to her at <a href="mailto:meng@wbez.org">meng@wbez.org</a></em></p></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/vegan-author-urges-mcdonalds-offer-fake-meat-burger-109592 Morning Shift: Festival spotlights teen playwrights http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-10/morning-shift-festival-spotlights-teen-playwrights <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/stage Flickr carolineskywalker.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The 27th annual Young Playwrights Festival is set to hit the stage at the end of the month, and we&#39;re joined by an organizer and one of this year&#39;s writers for a look behind the scenes. Plus, we find out about the most fraudulent philanthropies.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-teen-playwrights-see-their-work-come/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-teen-playwrights-see-their-work-come.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-teen-playwrights-see-their-work-come" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Festival spotlights teen playwrights" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-10/morning-shift-festival-spotlights-teen-playwrights Morning Shift: Open office space can threaten more than your privacy http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-26/morning-shift-open-office-space-can-threaten-more <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Office-Flickr- Phillie Casablanca.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Do offices need walls? One study shows that more privacy could mean more productivity at work. And, is it fair to blame Huma Abedin for supporting her husband Anthony Weiner during his latest scandal? Our panel and you weigh in.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-anthony-weiner-scandal-moves-blame-t.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-anthony-weiner-scandal-moves-blame-t" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Open office space can threaten more than your privacy" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 08:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-26/morning-shift-open-office-space-can-threaten-more Former McDonald's CEO Fred Turner dies at 80 http://www.wbez.org/news/former-mcdonalds-ceo-fred-turner-dies-80-104763 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS2623_mcdonalds_TrippWatson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>NEW YORK&nbsp; &mdash; A former McDonald&#39;s CEO who helped expand the fast-food chain&#39;s global footprint and spearheaded the creation of &quot;Hamburger University&quot; died Thursday after suffering complications from pneumonia, the company said. He was 80 years old.</p><p>During Fred L. Turner&#39;s time as CEO from 1974 to 1987, McDonald&#39;s more than tripled its number of locations and set up shop in dozens of new markets, the company said in a statement. The chain, based in Oak Brook, Ill., now has about 34,000 locations worldwide.</p><p>Turner spearheaded the creation of McDonald&#39;s Hamburger University in 1961, the company said. The school is a training curriculum for managers, franchisees and other employees. Today, there are seven Hamburger Universities globally, including one at the company&#39;s headquarters that was renamed the Fred L. Turner Training Center in 2004.</p><p>The company said Turner, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, was one of founder Ray Kroc&#39;s first employees in 1956 and partnered with Kroc in building the McDonald&#39;s system. McDonald&#39;s said Turner was the architect of the &quot;quality, service and cleanliness&quot; model that helped McDonald&#39;s become a global presence.</p><p>Turner became president and chief administrative officer in 1968 and became president and CEO in 1974. He was elected chairman and CEO in 1977 and served in that capacity until 1987. He remained chairman of the board until 1990 when he was named senior chairman. He retired in 2004 and became honorary chairman.</p><p>McDonald&#39;s said Turner died in a suburb north of Chicago. He is survived by three daughters and eight grandchildren.</p></p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 10:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/former-mcdonalds-ceo-fred-turner-dies-80-104763 Hiring the next CEO http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/hiring-next-ceo-102118 <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/boardroom.jpg" title="It matters who comes next (Flickr/ Zen) " /></div><p style="">According to management guru Allan Cox, succession planning is one of the most difficult issues faced by both Fortune 500 companies as well as mom-and-pop family businesses. Starting a business and growing a business are critical competencies, but passing a business on and maintaining its success over time is perhaps the true test of business acumen.&nbsp;</p><p>Until recently, the old rule of thumb suggested that businesses, especially small and family business, rarely made it beyond the third changing of the leadership guard. A classic example of this phenomenon in Chicago was the Schwinn Company. Schwinns were considered the Cadillac of bicycles until the mid-1970s, when bike technology, clever competitors and the third generation of the Schwinn family lost control of the marketplace. A more contemporary succession story is Apple. As of this writing, although Apple&rsquo;s worth as a company is at an all-time high ($623.5 billion in market capitalization), the real question yet facing the company remains: Can Steve Jobs be successfully replaced?</p><p>According to a recent <em>Tribune</em> column by Phil Rosenthal on CEO salaries, there are two basic strategies to succession planning: stay inside or go outside.</p><p><strong>Going outside</strong></p><p>Sometimes an injection of new energy, new ideas and new leadership style is exactly what a company needs. Sometimes companies become too egocentric and lose objectivity in regard to what they are doing and the demands of the marketplace. When this happens, it is often best to bring in an outsider who can offer a new focus and perspective on how to proceed.</p><p><strong>Staying inside</strong></p><p>Recently-retired McDonald&rsquo;s CEO Jim Skinner is a major proponent of replacing leadership from within. Skinner argues that if a successful company with a solid track record cannot develop a series of internal candidates, then something is seriously wrong with the culture at that organization. For Skinner, talent management and leadership development must be a well-integrated component of a company&rsquo;s overall business plan. Successful companies need to clone their own, suggests Skinner. Training for leadership needs to be part of every job within a company. In Skinner&rsquo;s case, he spent 33 years doing and learning a lot of jobs at McDonald&rsquo;s, including flipping burgers and running a fry machine, before his eight-year stint as CEO.</p><p>I think Jim Skinner is right: Companies that can&rsquo;t develop an internal candidate are failing. Good companies need to manage a lot more than money and day-to-day operation. Companies that want to have long-term success know that growing and grooming managers is a big part of the job.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chair of the Management Department in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.</em></p></p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/hiring-next-ceo-102118 Is pink slime really that bad? http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-13/pink-slime-really-bad-97262 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-14/Pink Slime.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-14/Pink Slime.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; " title="(AP/File)"></p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to this conversation</span></p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/120314 pink slime.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-127709" player="null">120314 pink slime.mp3</span></p></div></div><p>Pink slime is everywhere these days. It’s in your burgers (probably) and the newspapers (most definitely). In an effort to parse the “sticky” situation, today it comes to <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>.</p><p>A microbiologist coined the term pink slime back in 2002 to describe beef scraps treated with ammonia hydroxide. The chemicals loosen up the trimmings, which eventually are mixed with ground beef.</p><p>To avoid bad publicity, fast food chains including McDonald’s ditched the substance -- but the federal government hasn't. Last week, <a href="http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/03/05/030512-news-pink-slime-1-3/"><em>The Daily </em>reported that the USDA</a> is set to purchase 7 million lbs. of pink slime for school lunches, although Chicago Public Schools recently released a statement saying they run a slime-free operation.</p><p>The company that makes the stuff, Beef Products Inc., says it’s safe.</p><p>Chicago food scientist Kantha Shelke thinks the substance should be studied more thoroughly. While ammonia hydroxide is said to remove contaminants, ground beef products have seen an increase in salmonella and E. coli. She says it’s unclear whether that’s because of the slime or the meat itself.</p><p>Shelke comes on <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>to explain the science and say whether pink slime is any worse than the other ingredients and processes used to make food products. WBEZ's Louisa Chu also also weighs in on the controversy.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-13/pink-slime-really-bad-97262 McDonald's to consider increasing prices http://www.wbez.org/story/beef-prices/mcdonalds-consider-increasing-prices <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/81205066.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Oak Brook-based McDonald's says it's considering raising prices on some menu items in 2011. CFO Pete Benson says rising costs for commodities such as beef will be a big factor in whether prices go up.</p><p>Ephraim Leibtag is deputy director of research at the USDA's Economic Research Service. He says McDonald's probably won't be hit as hard as other retailers.</p><p>&ldquo;Restaurant prices have additional layers of value added that are not directly related to commodities,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And so the final price of a restaurant meal, although influenced by the food cost, is a smaller share than, say, the final product in a grocery store.&rdquo;</p> <div>Leibtag said commodities prices will continue to trend upward as long as grain and gas prices remain high. A Consumer Price Index forecast for 2011 shows an overall 2-3 percent increase in food prices for both restaurants and grocery stores. That same index shows beef prices are forecasted to edge up 3.5 percent.</div></p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 21:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/beef-prices/mcdonalds-consider-increasing-prices Today in media history: Remember Scott Lee Cohen? He's no longer on the front page of the paper http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2010/02/today-in-media-history-remember-scott-lee-cohen-hes-no-longer-on-the-front-page-of-the-paper/14602 <p><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//mcdonalds.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-14604" title="mcdonalds" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//mcdonalds.jpg" alt="" width="502" height="376" /></a> <strong>Top story:</strong> Scott Lee Cohen is out of the newspaper! Well, the reputable ones at least...Cohen dropped by WBEZ's studios early this morning. It was so early, we couldn't figure out how to turn on the lights! Cohen did an interview with<em> <a href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/848">Eight Forty-Eight</a></em> and stuck around for...<a href="/blog/wikipediafiles"><em>Wikipedia Files</em></a>. Check back later today. I did get a chance to ask Mr. Cohen if I had anything to do with his Super Bowl announcement. The answer may shock you. Or not. <strong>B story: </strong><a href="http://chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=39933">Earthquake</a>! An earthquake hit Sycamore, about 45-50 miles outside of Chicago. It has been downgraded from a 4.3 to a 3.8 because it didn't land the triple lutz. <strong><!--break--> </strong> <strong>C story: </strong>: Our buddy <a href="http://twitter.com/joshandrews" target="_blank">Josh Andrews</a> turned us on to the Twitter hashtag that is the best way to describe the snowstorm...<a href="http://twitter.com/search?q=%23snobigdeal" target="_blank">#snobigdeal</a>. <strong>D story:</strong> What? <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/the-problem-solver/2010/02/goodbye-comcast-hello-xfinity.html" target="_blank">Comcast is changing their name to XFinity</a>? Well, I guess I have to throw out all my snarky Comcast jokes. I just hope they keep on the freelance 18-year-old dudes who set up my cable wrong. <strong>Sports: </strong>It's cut month for the Bears. Now that the Super Bowl is over, the off-season for the Chicago Bears can begin. Could this be the end of <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0209-bears-chicago--20100208,0,1587626.story" target="_blank">Nathan Vasher</a>? All signs point to...thank you yes! Also, don't look now but the Illini are back on the radar, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-spt-0210-illinois-wisconsin-basketball20100209,0,7326189.story" target="_blank">beating the #11 Badgers</a>. Maybe that's what caused the earthquake? <strong><strong><strong>Kicker: </strong></strong></strong>Ewwww. <a href="http://www.jamesgunn.com/2009/07/02/evolution-fucked-your-shit-up-the-worlds-50-freakiest-animals/" target="_blank">The strangest animals on the planet</a>, subtitled: Evolution F##### these animals up!<strong><strong><strong> </strong></strong></strong> <strong><strong><strong> </strong></strong></strong></p> Wed, 10 Feb 2010 08:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2010/02/today-in-media-history-remember-scott-lee-cohen-hes-no-longer-on-the-front-page-of-the-paper/14602