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10 Who Shaped the Burger Business in ’15

10 Who Shaped the Burger Business in ’15

The burger business constantly evolves, influenced by executives, legislators and financiers as well as by the consumers who shape it through what they order and what they ignore. This list gathers just 10 of the many people who have had an impact on the burger business during this very eventful year in an attempt to […]

McDonald’s Takes a Small Step Forward

McDonald’s Takes a Small Step Forward

McDonald’s Q3 results, announced today, show solid global growth and a slight improvement for the U.S., where same-store sales were up 0.9%. Yes, a 2% pricing increase more than covers that gain, and it’s true that the U.S. was the only region to report negative growth in customers counts. And indeed, these numbers lap a […]

Wayback Burgers Weighs Its Options

Wayback Burgers Weighs Its Options

John Carter opened his first Jake’s burger restaurant in 1991. The name became Jake’s Wayback Burgers in 2010 and then simply Wayback Burgers. Now Carter is ready to take the 100-unit, Conn.-based chain to the next step: He named The Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs its exclusive advisor on growth opportunities, including a possible IPO in […]

A New Look for BurgerBusiness.com

A New Look for BurgerBusiness.com

[Update: Well, how about Monday for the new site? Nothing’s ever as easy it should be, is it?] BurgerBusiness.com will look different and—I hope you’ll agree—better beginning Aug. 28, 2015. The site is six years old now and has been in need of a redesign not just to appease Google’s preference for mobile-ready sites but […]

As Expected, Chanticleer Buys Little Big Burger

As Expected, Chanticleer Buys Little Big Burger

Sure enough. As forecast here in May, Chanticleer Holdings announced a deal to acquire the eight-unit Little Big Burger chain based in Portland. It’s fifth regional burger brand Chanticleer has purchased, following acquisitions of American Roadside Burgers, The Burger Co., BGR The Burger Joint and BT’s Burger Joint, all on the East coast. This acquisition […]

Burger King, Tim Hortons Flex Muscles

Burger King, Tim Hortons Flex Muscles

Restaurant Brands International (RBI) reported Q2 sales so strong that it invites the question of when its $17 billion Burger King and $6 billion Tim Hortons brands will begin to cannibalize each other. “Strength” was a word repeatedly used by RBI CEO Daniel Schwartz, and with good reason. Burger King’s 6.7% increase in global same-store […]

Is Menu Simplification Hurting McDonald’s?

Is Menu Simplification Hurting McDonald’s?

McDonald’s Corp. President-CEO Steve Easterbrook boldly predicted the company’s now-seven-quarter-long string of down quarters globally will end in Q3. It came close in Q2: same-store sales were down just 0.7% in the quarter ended June 30, 2015. Certainly it helps to be lapping past declines, but the vow reflected his confidence that the turnaround he […]

Golden Arches Adds Two Top Execs

Golden Arches Adds Two Top Execs

McDonald’s Corp. bolstered its executive ranks, naming two experienced executives to executive vice president posts. Silvia Lagnado was named EVP-global chief marketing officer. The post had been vacant since the departure of Neil Golden in 2013. Global Chief Brand Officer Kevin Newell had filled in since. Lagnado most recently served as CMO of Bacardi Limited. […]

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