For the first time since 1994, McDonald's McRib sandwich is available in all participating McDonald's restaurants nationwide until November 22. The McRib, a boneless pork patty dressed with fresh-slivered onions, dill pickle slices, tangy barbecue sauce, and served on a toasted, golden-brown home-style bun, is known among customers for surfacing onselect local menus for limited periods of time.
When New York City–based burger concept 4food opened its first location in August, the media buzz it generated mostly stemmed from its innovative use of technology and social media. Plasma TV screens adorn its walls, including one that scrolls customer tweets. iPads are used to order food. And diners can save their specialized burger orders to an online database, available for anybody to order in the future—an act that credits the customer with 25 cents on later 4food visits.
McDonald's honors Tyson Foods Inc. as its 2010 Supplier of the Year at the recent U.S. Supplier Summit, an annual gathering of key U.S. McDonald's suppliers and distributors.
The midst of the worst recession in decades may seem like a tough time to take the reins of a restaurant company that sells discretionary treats not needed in the everyday diet. However, Nigel Travis, whom Dunkin’ Brands hired to head its Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands in January 2009, quickly showed he was up to the task.