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April 28, 1987 | GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Can a financial institution market jumbo CDs the same way Burger King pitches Whoppers? Yes, with a few modifications, according to Thomas C. Sawyer, a former Burger King marketing executive who recently joined San Diego-based Imperial Corp. of America, parent company of Imperial Savings, as senior vice president of marketing and communications services.
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BUSINESS
November 13, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Low wages paid by the fast-food industry come with a high public cost for California taxpayers, academics and advocates for the working poor told state lawmakers. Workers at hamburger, pizza and other, mainly franchise, eateries are paid at near-minimum-wage levels, making them eligible for public assistance that totaled an average of $717 million a year in California from 2007 to 2011. The condition of low-wage fry cooks and sandwich makers was the focus of a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly labor committees Wednesday.
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BUSINESS
April 12, 1994 | BRUCE HOROVITZ
There's one thing that keeps Diana Bullen returning to the McDonald's restaurant inside the shopping mall where she works. Free McFood. Every fifth time she buys something--even a cup of coffee--at the McDonald's inside the Paramus Park Mall in northern New Jersey, she receives a coupon for a free menu item of comparable cost. Since Bullen is a cashier at a clothing store near the McDonald's, she stops there several times a week--usually for a McChicken sandwich.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Craving a burger off a fast-food dollar menu? Chances are that it now costs more than a buck. Customers are still reeling from McDonald's move last week to update its Dollar Menu, which for more than a decade offered burgers, fries and other items for less than a dollar apiece. The menu accounts for as much as 14% of the chain's overall U.S. sales. But soon, the list will morph into what's being called the Dollar Menu & More, which mixes the standard $1 items in with $2 goods and $5 shareable family meals designed to, as McDonald's puts it, "fill the need for choice, flexibility and other preferences.
BUSINESS
January 15, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
At what was billed as the first "fast-food summit," experts met here Thursday to discuss the leftovers nobody wants: mountains of containers discarded after the hamburgers and tacos are gone. Californians generate about 8.2 pounds of trash per person a day, and half the state's garbage comes from Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, said Pat Macht, spokeswoman for the state Integrated Waste Management Board.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 1991 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
The sale price was $59.95, a bargain we could hardly believe. After bringing them home, I pulled two from their individual cardboard boxes, set them up and admired them. They were beautiful, and they were ours. I ran my hand across the wood, feeling the slick finish while experiencing the pride of ownership. We sat down in front of them. "A little high," I said. "A little heavy," my wife said. "We'll get used to them," I said. "Will we really?" she asked, unsurely.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Ahead of planned picketing by fast-food workers seeking $15-an-hour minimum wage, experts are pondering whether McDonald's, KFC and their quick-service ilk are strong enough to support such a drastic change. Data from research group Sageworks suggests that fast-food eateries are in a strong financial position, enjoying a relatively high 4.6% profit margin. Between August 2012 and 2013, the segment grew sales at its highest rate since the recession, enjoying a 12.9% boost, according to the group.
BUSINESS
November 17, 1990 | ANNE MICHAUD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In an effort to fuel expansion, Carl Karcher Enterprises Inc. said Friday that it plans to sell 57 company-owned Carl's Jr. restaurants in Northern California to franchisees over the next two years. Analysts said franchising will allow Carl's to expand faster in Northern California because franchisees will pay for new construction. But the plan depends on Carl's ability to arrange financing for its franchisees, according to a restaurant consultant.
NEWS
January 29, 1987 | ELIZABETH BAILEY, Bailey, formerly a business reporter for Newsweek magazine , writes frequently on business from New York. and
McDonald's: Behind the Arches by John F. Love (Bantam: $19.95) What could be more simple than a French fry? More basic than a hamburger? In "McDonald's: Behind the Arches," author John F. Love shows the time, money and NASA-like ingenuity that went into developing these two staples of the McDonald's menu.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2007 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
The Klaus family has lived the fast-food industry's nightmare: people getting sick from E. coli. A few days after picking up a dinner of hamburgers and chicken nuggets at a Wendy's drive-in, the Salem, Ore., family received a call from county health inspectors inquiring whether they had eaten food from the chain. JoAnn Klaus already knew something was wrong: Her 4-year-old son, Evan, was hospitalized with diarrhea and dehydration, and 23-month-old Scott had similar symptoms.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
More than half of families of fast food workers receive some sort of public assistance, costing the nation $7 billion a year, according to a new report distributed by a group that has been pushing for union representation and higher wages for fast food workers. Fast food workers earn an average of $8.69 an hour, and often work fewer than 40 hours a week, qualifying them for food stamps, Medicaid and tax credits, according to the report, written by economists at UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
OPINION
September 3, 2013
Re "Fast-food workers rally," Business, Aug. 30 Bravo to the fast-food workers who are at long last demanding a decent standard of living. It is important for all of us to understand the reality that their jobs are no longer the province of high school kids who want more purchasing power than they get from their allowances. More and more of these jobs go to adults who in an earlier generation had jobs that paid well and provided benefits - jobs that are no more. Let me make a modest proposal: Instead of tying the minimum wage to state law, let us tie that wage to corporate profits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu and Alana Semuels
Fast-food protests that started in New York spread to Los Angeles and other cities across the nation Thursday as workers called for higher wages and the chance to unionize. Dozens of fast-food workers and supporters marched outside a South Los Angeles Burger King at 6 a.m., chanting their demand for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Holding signs with slogans such as “Burgers and Lies,” “Yo Quiero $15,” and “Lovin' a Living Wage,” they began moving into formation before sunrise, headlights speeding by on the 110 Freeway behind the restaurant in the Brodway-Manchester neighborhood.
BUSINESS
August 29, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu and Alana Semuels
LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK - In the aftermath of the recession, hundreds of workers in low-wage industries have tried to call attention to how difficult it is to survive on the minimum wage. Thursday might have been their biggest effort yet. Fast-food workers in an estimated 60 cities protested outside 1,000 stores, turning out at the crack of dawn to call for union representation and a wage of $15 an hour. Organizers of the effort, bankrolled largely by the SEIU and promoted by a slew of community groups, said it was the largest protest ever to hit the fast-food industry.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Ahead of planned picketing by fast-food workers seeking $15-an-hour minimum wage, experts are pondering whether McDonald's, KFC and their quick-service ilk are strong enough to support such a drastic change. Data from research group Sageworks suggests that fast-food eateries are in a strong financial position, enjoying a relatively high 4.6% profit margin. Between August 2012 and 2013, the segment grew sales at its highest rate since the recession, enjoying a 12.9% boost, according to the group.
NEWS
April 15, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
John Galardi has died, placing a period on one of the fast-food industry's greatest rags-to-riches stories. The Wienerschnitzel founder once said, simply: "I had to be wealthy. " At age 19, the Midwestern boy of humble origins had never eaten out or taken a vacation. At 25, he was a millionaire.  In a 2012 article, the Los Angeles Times' Tiffany Hsu outlined Galardi's rise in the industry, writing: "John Galardi knows his own mind and isn't afraid of hard work. " Galardi himself said: "I realized really young that what I wanted in life was to do what I want in the way that I want.
NEWS
January 13, 1987 | ALLAN PARACHINI, Times Staff Writer
To Darrell Barker, a 36-year-old Thousand Oaks sales manager, fast food had always been a part of life. Every lunch and perhaps a dinner a week was a large hamburger or double cheeseburger, with the usual trimmings. Did he know exactly what was in those items--what oil, for instance, his French fries were cooked in? "No. I never paid any attention to that stuff," he recalled.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
When it comes to customer service, the fast-food industry is bookended by two chicken chains, according to a recent survey topped by Chick-fil-A. KFC was at the bottom of a list compiled by consulting firm Temkin Group, which asked diners how they felt about 18 major quick-service chains. The industry as a whole saw its average rating increase to 76.3% this year from 74% last year. Chick-fil-A, an Atlanta company that ran into controversy this summer over the gay marriage debate, landed an 82% score that helped it place first for the second straight year.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
When it comes to customer service, the fast-food industry is bookended by two chicken chains, according to a recent survey topped by Chick-fil-A. KFC was at the bottom of a list compiled by consulting firm Temkin Group, which asked diners how they felt about 18 major quick-service chains. The industry as a whole saw its average rating increase to 76.3% this year from 74% last year. Chick-fil-A, an Atlanta company that ran into controversy this summer over the gay marriage debate, landed an 82% score that helped it place first for the second straight year.
NATIONAL
April 19, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Yuck. A McDonald's  worker in South Carolina has been arrested after surveillance video allegedly caught him spitting into cups of iced tea that had been returned by the customers because they weren't sweet enough. Meanwhile, the operator of the Simpsonville, S.C., fast-food franchise where the incident reportedly took place is asking the public to withhold judgment about his restaurant. “Nothing is more important to me than the safety and well-being of my customers," the franchise operator, John Kennedy, said in a statement released to The Times.
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