McDonald's

The Case for Cheap Eats

In the hands of the quick-service restaurant operator, price might be the ultimate weapon, the key ingredient to swing a customer and prompt a purchase in today’s dollar-conscious market.

And the quick-service industry knows it all too well, an awareness that has sparked a decades-long raging debate about what cheap food—a term used here to describe price rather than a judgment on food quality—does for a restaurant brand, its operators, and the consumer.

The Recruitment Revolution

Are young employees still interested in quick service?

Pop culture has not been kind to the quick-service industry.

From the lovable-but-dumb employees in Good Burger to the drug-addled protagonists of Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, the industry is seen as a haven for dimwits, losers, and the vaguely criminal. Thousands of high school teachers threaten low-performing students by asking them, “Do you want to flip burgers for the rest of your life?”

Fast Food Closing in on Full Service in Customer Satisfaction

The quick-service industry is closing the customer satisfaction gap standing between it and the full-service industry, according to a new study.

The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), released today, found that customer satisfaction with the quick-serve industry had increased 5.3 percent between 2010 and 2011, to a score of 79 out of 100.

The full-service industry, meanwhile, increased only 1.2 percent to a score of 82.

McDonald's Tops BK, But Wendy's Still Has Most Buzz

For the first time since September, McDonald’s surpassed Burger King as a more “buzzed about” burger brand—but it’s still second to Wendy’s.

According to the YouGov BrandIndex, a consumer perception research service of brands, McDonald’s passed Burger King in May in the BrandIndex’s “buzz score,” which measures consumer feedback of brands. As of June 3, McDonald’s buzz score was 23.1 among burger consumers, while Burger King’s was 21.5.

New Communications Leader In at McDonald's

McDonald's Corporation announced that Bridget Coffing, currently vice president of global external communications, has been promoted to senior vice president of McDonald's corporate relations.

In her new role, Coffing will be the chief communications officer for McDonald's and will oversee corporate functions including media relations, marketing communications, public relations, corporate social responsibility, internal communications, and government relations.

Interpreting the Top 100

Every year, many of us anxiously await the release of Technomic’s Fast Casual Top 100 report. Technomic’s Darren Tristano, one of the most knowledgeable people in the industry, gave me an interview and a sneak peek at the report. Here are his thoughts, followed by a few of my own.

Darren, what is the size of the fast-casual segment (2010)?

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