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·         McDonald’s Envies Chick-fil-A’s Fried Chicken Sandwich

·         McDonald’s franchisees desperately beg for Chick-fil-A-like sandwich

·         McDonald’s has a Chick-fil-A problem

·         McDonald’s Happy Meal turns 40

·         McDonald's Cyclospora Settlements: One Year Later Victims Still Bringing Claims

·         BACON ME HUNGRY There’s a new addition to the McDonald’s breakfast menu and we are salivating



McDonald’s Envies Chick-fil-A’s Fried Chicken Sandwich


By Kate Dwyer, Fortune

July 10, 2019


McDonald's wants a Southern fried chicken sandwich to call its own.


Reflecting the competitive urgency for this sandwich, the National Owners Association of McDonald's franchisees likens its importance to the U.S. landing on the moon.


"JFK called for a man on the moon, our call should be a category-leading chicken sandwich," reads a Wednesday email from NOA's board to fellow McDonald's operators, according to CNBC.


At issue is McDonald's having a premium chicken sandwich that can compete with Chick-fil-A, the chain of chicken sandwich joints that are seeing massive growth in Southern markets, particularly the Southeast.


According to a 2018 report from Kalinowski Equity Research, Chick-fil-A recently became the third-largest fast food chain in the United States, behind McDonald's and Starbucks, according to the Washington Post. The Georgia-based chicken chain reported $10 billion in 2018 sales across 2,700 stores in 47 states and Washington, D.C.


“We have long pointed out that Chick-fil-A is the restaurant competition with which McDonald’s U.S. should most concern itself – and by extension, investors should too,” Kalinowski said, according to MarketWatch. “But this goes beyond McDonald’s.”


A report from Mizuho Securities shows that Chick-fil-A's store productivity is "unmatched" and its "unique operating playbook, relationship with its franchisees, and simplified menu yields consistently higher service and satisfaction scores."


Other chicken-driven regional fast food chains...


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McDonald’s franchisees desperately beg for Chick-fil-A-like sandwich


Kate Bernot, The Takeout

July 10, 2019


If the fast-food market was a game of Risk, Chick-fil-A would be swiftly marching across the map, planting its soldiers in territories from Alaska to Yakutsk. The chain recently became the third-largest restaurant company in America, behind only McDonald’s and Starbucks. The news hasn’t gone unnoticed by McDonald’s independent franchisees, who this week demand McD’s corporate introduce a chicken sandwich that can stand up to the Chick-fil-A onslaught.


CNBC obtained a copy of an email sent by the National Owners Association franchisee group to other owners, in which the franchisees practically beg the chain to introduce a “premium chicken sandwich” that could rival its competitor’s. While McDonald’s does currently offer its Classic Chicken Sandwich, it’s apparently not premium enough in the eyes of franchisees. The email states the chicken-sandwich demands in no uncertain terms:


    A Chicken Sandwich at McDonald’s should be our top priority. JFK called for a man on the moon, our call should be a category leading chicken sandwich. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel. We didn’t invent the drive thru, we perfected it. Chick Fil A invented the Chicken Sandwich, but we can do one better.


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McDonald’s has a Chick-fil-A problem

Operators are asking the company to develop a better chicken sandwich as its traffic in the Southeast stalls.


By Jonathan Maze, Restaurant Business

Jul. 10, 2019


McDonald’s operators in the Southeast, who have watched rival Chick-fil-A take more of their business in recent years, are asking the company to develop a better chicken sandwich to solve the problem.


In a letter to its members sent Wednesday, operators’ newly created independent association said the company needs to develop a better chicken sandwich to better compete with the growing Atlanta-based chain.


“Chick-fil-A’s results demonstrate the power of chicken,” the board of the National Owners Association (NOA) wrote. “Yes, we have great Chicken McNuggets and our McChicken is a very good product. But we do not compete in the premium chicken sandwich category, either grilled or crispy.”


The letter highlights perhaps the chain’s biggest challenge: fending off its growing chicken-focused rival.


McDonald’s has been grappling with a frustrating traffic problem in recent years that doesn’t appear to be easing so far in 2019, despite numerous efforts to the contrary. NOA’s letter says the problems are worse in the Southeast.


“We are finding ways to drive profitable growth,” the letter said. “Yet, we are still losing guest counts. This continues to be a concern.


“Yes, there are some changes in how our guests are using us. Larger orders serving more customers, but the magnitude of the loss in transaction counts is greater than what can be explained in order aggregation (especially in the Southeast U.S.).”


That would suggest the problem lies with the growing threat from Chick-fil-A.


Chick-fil-A is now McDonald’s biggest competitor. Its sales have exploded in recent years...


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McDonald’s Happy Meal turns 40


Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune

via The Detroit News - July 11, 2019


Summer of 2019 is a summer of monumental anniversaries, reminders that we were ambitious once (the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing), and not always as cynical as we’ve become (the 50th anniversary of Woodstock).


But how do we think about the 40th anniversary of the McDonald’s Happy Meal?


Monumental? Game-changing? Cynical?


All of the above?


The object itself is ephemeral. Just cardboard and plastic and some loose french fries. There will be no CNN documentaries or coffee-table books that explore the meaning of the Happy Meal. And yet, possibly, the Happy Meal has played a larger part in your everyday life than the space race, a music festival in upstate New York or the decline of Soviet communism.


The past decade has seen McDonald’s introduce leaner versions, with apple slices and fewer fries per box; according to the company, more than 50% of Happy Meal customers in the United States now request milk, juice or water instead of a soft drink. There’s also a collectors market for Happy Meal toys, reminding us of the value of nostalgia. Meanwhile, tucked inside that nostalgia, we also see a cultural artifact that, for many children — especially Gen Xers — offered a first bit of autonomy, their own food.


In the late 1970s, it helped to cement the parameters of what was permissible when fast-food restaurants marketed to children. Later, it became Exhibit A for nutritionists eager to identify the causes of childhood obesity; indeed, the healthier Happy Meals of today are a response (several decades late) to the criticisms of the Happy Meal from the early 1980s. You might even say the Happy Meal — along with play dates, the end of free-range children and instructions for Legos — was one more small step to formatting childhood.


Turning children into regulars at McDonald’s was the whole point. Joe Johnston, a Tulsa author and artist, was a Cleveland adman in the early 1970s...





McDonald's Cyclospora Settlements: One Year Later Victims Still Bringing Claims


Source: Ron Simon & Associates

via PRNewswire - Jul 11, 2019


MINNEAPOLIS, July 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The national food safety law firm of Ron Simon & Associates was the first to file a lawsuit when McDonald's voluntarily recalled contaminated salads sold at more than 3000 locations in the wake of a 15-state cyclospora outbreak.


Over the last 12 months, Ron Simon has filed additional lawsuits and has represented over 100 victims, settling dozens of claims while continuing to accept new clients.


It Is Not Too Late To File a Claim – Contact the Cyclospora Claim Center


There is still time to file a claim for most of the victims in this outbreak.  Ron Simon encourages victims to file sooner rather than later as it is always preferable to do so when the evidence is still fresh.  It is also important to make sure victims do not wait until after the statute of limitations has run – in most states between one and three years from the onset of illness.


According to the United States Centers for Disease Control, there were at least 511 laboratory confirmed illnesses mostly in the midwest United States.  At least 24 were hospitalized.


Cyclospora is a parasite found in feces-contaminated imported fruits and vegetables that causes vomiting, severe bloating, abdominal cramping, gas, and diarrhea.  The symptoms of cyclosporiasis can last for months, and medical professionals must specifically request a cyclospora stool test to confirm the illness.


Mr. Simon and his law firm have established a Cyclospora Claim Center to assist victims in the outbreak.  The Cyclospora Claim Center can be reached toll-free at 1-888-335-4901 or online at


About Ron Simon & Associates


Over the last 20 years, Ron Simon and his colleagues have prosecuted thousands of food poisoning cases for victims across the United States.  His work has resulted in numerous upgrades to food safety procedures in Fortune 500 companies and in legislation designed to protect consumers from dangerous food-borne pathogens.


Mr. Simon and his clients have been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX and virtually all other major television networks and print media. Mr. Simon and his firm have collected over $700,000,000 for their clients.  He regularly publishes articles about food safety and litigation at which are read by viewers in over 180 countries.


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BACON ME HUNGRY There’s a new addition to the McDonald’s breakfast menu and we are salivating

Give in to bacon. In association with McDonald’s.


Danni Deibe, The Sun (UK)

11 Jul 2019


IF there’s one thing bound to cheer us up after a big night out, or on an early morning drive it’s a McDonald’s breakfast, right?


Well what if we told you that the McDonald’s breakfast menu just got a little bit bigger and a lot better?


That’s right. Your lazy Sundays and mornings after the night before just got even more exciting. Say hello to the all-new McDonald’s Bacon Roll.


Three rashers of crispy, RSPCA assured British bacon on a pillowy soft white roll, smothered in your choice of ketchup or brown sauce.


Of course, it’s best served with a McCafe coffee and a hash brown.


The new Bacon Roll imitates the taste and look of a homemade bacon sandwich – and what’s better than a homemade sandwich? One that tastes exactly the same but doesn’t leave you with the washing up.


In fact, the Bacon Roll was recently taste tested against other high street favourites by a panel of expert tradespeople and it came out on top.


Receiving a remarkable 9/10, the all-new McDonald’s Bacon Roll scored the top spot based on its appearance, flavour and price...