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Moshi Monsters Crawl into McD's Happy Meals for LTO

Mind Candy, creator of the globally-successful Moshi Monsters franchise, and McDonald's USA LLC, the nation's leading foodservice provider, announces a promotional partnership that will feature premium characters within McDonald's Happy Meals at participating restaurants across North America.

A New Age for Women

This is not the 1950s. Women aren’t confined to the home, cooking, cleaning, and caring for the kids (unless they want to, of course), nor can they only find work as secretaries in a male-dominated corporate world. No, today, women have power: They can balance work and family life; they can excel in any profession; and, just like men, they can own their own businesses.

Quick Service, Past and Present

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This month’s issue talks about demographics and how quick-service customers have changed over the years. You can find numbers and charts in another part of the magazine, so I thought it would be fun to give you my perspective on the changes, considering I started at McDonald’s in 1969 as a field marketing manager and retired in 2001. Thirty-two years of quick service—I saw a lot of changes.

McDonald's Lends a Hand to Hurricane Sandy Victims

McDonald's Corporation announced it will contribute to Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts with a donation of $500,000 to the American Red Cross.

"Our hearts go out to everyone in the East Coast community, including our employees, customers, and suppliers, who have been impacted by this devastation," says Don Thompson, McDonald's CEO. "We are part of the fabric of these communities and committed to doing what we can to help those so affected by this disaster."

Windy City Named Hot Spot for McD’s All American Games

The McDonald’s All American Games will stay in Chicago through 2015. After Windy City fans shattered the event’s attendance record in 2011, and returned in-force for the 2012 Games, McDonald’s and the United Center agreed to a two-year contract extension, including an option to renew in 2016.

For Subway and Dunkin' Donuts, Simple is Best

For three years running, the quick-service segment, including Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, and McDonald’s, is considered one of the simplest industries by U.S. consumers (ranking No. 2 out of 25 industries) according to results from the third annual Global Brand Simplicity Index.

The study, released by global strategic branding firm Siegel+Gale, also found that despite their simplicity, quick-service restaurants stand to gain $2.6 billion more from consumers who said they are willing to pay more for even simpler experiences.

Chefs Use McDonald's Ingredients for Charity

Ryan Scott, Market & Rye executive chef and former "Top Chef" contestant, uses McDonald's raw ingredients at a McDonald's culinary event for charity. Tomas Ovalle/Invision for McDonald's/AP Image

McDonald’s of the Greater Bay Area invited three well-known Bay Area chefs to use the very same ingredients you would find in your local McDonald’s to create a one-night-only gourmet dining experience to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bay Area and Harvest from the Heart. The event, held at the California Culinary Academy, showcased McDonald’s high-quality ingredients through unexpected and innovative recipes and presentation.

2012 QSR Drive-Thru Study

How the best drive-thru operations in the industry make the wheels go ’round.

Taco Bell has the second fastest drive thru in quick service.

The drive-thru operation of a quick-service restaurant may seem relatively cut and dried, but operators aren’t resting on their laurels when it comes to their outdoor business. For many brands in the industry, the drive thru can account for anywhere between 50 and 70 percent of sales—no small number in a $200 billion industry.

Monopoly at McDonald's Returns with One-in-Four Odds

The Monopoly Game at McDonald's is back for the 20th edition in nearly 14,000 U.S. restaurants, bringing with it one-in-four odds of winning, multiple ways to play, and more than $300 million in cash and great prizes. The excitement begins in restaurants September 25 and continues in-stores until October 22 and online until 11:59:50 p.m. on November 3, 2012.

The 2012 Monopoly Game Pieces can be found on menu favorites including:

            Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish, 10 and 20-piece Chicken McNuggets, and Large Fries

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