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May 18, 2011 | By Sharon Bernstein, Los Angeles Times
The restaurant industry is quietly — and successfully — fighting back against the enactment of so-called Happy Meal bans, which forbid restaurants like McDonald's to hand out toys with children's meals that are high in calories. Moving under the radar so stealthily that in some cases local politicians and anti-obesity activists missed it entirely, lobbyists in Florida and Arizona backed successful efforts to take away the power to enact such bans from cities and counties. In Nebraska, a proposed statewide Happy Meal ban died in February, even before its first legislative committee hearing.
November 26, 2008 | Bloomberg News
McDonald's Corp. said Tuesday that it would increase the price of its $1 double cheeseburger to $1.19 in December to cover rising costs, ending the sandwich's run as the top-selling item on the 6-year-old dollar menu. The world's biggest restaurant company will also replace the double cheeseburger with the McDouble. The new sandwich consists of two beef patties and a single slice of cheese, or one slice less than the double, the company said.
August 5, 2008 | From the Associated Press
After watching more of their customers turn to drive-thrus for a quick morning meal, family dining restaurants such as Denny's and IHOP are fighting back. In an attempt to lure diners back to the breakfast table -- or at least to the curb -- the chains are introducing more portable products, offering to-go and curbside pickup programs and remodeling their locations.
May 26, 2008 | Claudia Luther, Special to The Times
J.R. Simplot, whose lifetime fascination with the potato helped change the nation's eating habits and made him a billionaire, died Sunday. He was 99. Simplot, who in his prime drove around Idaho in a Lincoln Continental with the license plate "Mr. Spud," died at his Boise home, apparently of natural causes, according to the Ada County coroner's office. The son of a farmer, Simplot began building his fortune while barely a teenager, finding new ways to bring potatoes and other vegetables to market.
January 22, 2008 | Sandy Shore, The Associated Press
Is it a sandwich or a taco? A snack or a meal? The Sammie, the newest product from Quiznos, can fit just about any category. The 200- to 300-calorie concoction of meats and greens folded into flatbread sells for $2. It's a key ingredient in Greg Brenneman's recipe to reshape the 5,200-restaurant sandwich chain, along with delivery, online ordering, new venues like airport kiosks, colleges and probably a big-box retailer.
December 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
After a year of disappointing results in its U.S. division, Yum Brands Inc. is planning to copy one of its biggest rivals in the fast-food industry. At a meeting with investors and analysts, Yum Chief Executive David Novak said the chain would introduce new products, including beverages and breakfast meals, expand its value menus and offer healthier options at its main U.S. chains, KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. Novak said the U.S.
December 12, 2007 | David Zahniser
A City Council committee Tuesday recommended passage of a temporary ban on new fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles. The moratorium would last for at least a year while city officials devise a permanent policy to lure other restaurants to the area. "I don't think we can ever legislate what people eat," said Marie Rumsey, a legislative aide to Councilwoman Jan Perry. "We can put policies in place to give people more choices because more choices can mean healthy eating."
September 13, 2007 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- Fast-food restaurants may still fry food in artificial fats, but they'll have to tell customers about it under measures dispatched by the California Legislature in a final 17-hour day. The food bills were among hundreds that lawmakers handled before ending their regular session after 3 a.m. Wednesday. Legislators sent to the governor bills to raise car registration fees by $3, ban smoking in cars carrying children and put the source of water on bottled-water labels. Gov.
September 12, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge struck down a New York City rule that required fast-food restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus, but he suggested that expanding the rule to include more restaurants could make it legal. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Holwell said he determined that the rule conflicted with federal law. The city had targeted national fast-food chains by applying the law only to those that served standardized portion sizes and that were already making calorie information available.
July 31, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz said Monday that he might pay as much as $3.6 billion for Wendy's International Inc. In a letter to Wendy's Chairman James V. Pickett, Peltz said his Trian Fund Management would consider paying as much as $41 a share for the chain of hamburger restaurants, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Peltz gave Wendy's until Wednesday to sign a confidentiality agreement. The filing came after the markets closed.
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