November 16, 2012 |
The head of U.S. operations for McDonald's Corp. is on her way out amid the burger chain's efforts to counter intense competition and a string of uncharacteristically sour financial results. Jan Fields will depart Dec. 1 as president of McDonald's USA, a position she has held for more than two years. She will be replaced by Jeff Stratton, currently McDonald's global chief restaurant officer. Both are 57. "The time was right for this leadership change," company spokeswoman Lisa McComb said.
March 17, 2001 |
McDonald's Corp. said it will open a diner in Kokomo, Ind., as the No. 1 fast-food restaurant chain tests ways to attract more customers. The restaurant will have 122 breakfast, lunch and dinner items, in addition to traditional McDonald's food, a spokeswoman said. Customers will be able to order from phones at each table, and an employee will deliver it to the table. McDonald's is trying to lure customers who want table service to its fast-food restaurants.
May 25, 1994 |
Sitting in the parking lot of a McDonald's in Norwalk on Easter in 1987, 17-year-old James V. Beltran thought he held happiness in his hands. He had just bought a Coke and picked up an instant game ticket worth at least $1 million in a restaurant chain promotional contest, and he remembers feeling awestruck. "I realized it would change my life," he said. "I thought it would make me the happiest person I could be."
July 10, 2009 |
Every day at the Distant Lands Coffee roasting plant here, a river of green coffee beans is transformed into espresso, fuel for McDonald's Corp.'s boldest gambit in decades. Distant Lands' Russell Kramer was skeptical at first that it would ever happen. Could the burger giant really be serious about selling cappuccinos? A bike ride with a McDonald's executive through the coffee-tree-studded mountains of the Indonesian island of Sumatra helped convince him that it was.
October 27, 1989 |
McDonald's Corp. said its restaurants in New England would join forces with a consortium of chemical companies to launch a major recycling effort for plastic food containers. McDonald's is undertaking the program with National Polystyrene Recycling Co., a joint venture formed earlier this year by several leading producers of plastics, including Amoco Chemical Co., Dow Chemical Co. and ARCO Chemical Co.
March 14, 1991 |
Is McDonald's the fast-food industry's boldest innovator--or its best mimic? That is what industry executives and analysts were asking Wednesday on the heels of McDonald's announcement that it will introduce a low-fat McLean Deluxe hamburger by mid-April. The move by McDonald's follows a series of actions that the nation's largest fast-food chain has taken over the past year, all clearly aimed at generating good will--and better business.
November 13, 1989 |
Amid the rhetoric about the Japanese buying up America as they keep would-be business rivals out of Japan, U.S. trade officials recently have had some cause for cheer. Two highly regarded U.S. retailers have joined forces with Japanese counterparts in efforts to crack the tough-to-enter Japanese market. Toys R Us, the nation's largest toy merchant, is hooking up with McDonald's Co.
October 28, 2002 |
OAXACA, Mexico--The zocalo, or central plaza, a 473-year-old colonnaded square, is the heart of this city, and its languid beat almost never changes. In timeless rhythm, people linger in sidewalk cafes under its stone arches, watching passersby stroll in the shade of Indian laurels around its gazebo. The same two dozen local merchants along its perimeters have been fixtures for years, enjoying moderate, easygoing prosperity.
September 16, 2002 |
Taking a page out of Hollywood's product-placement script, Electronic Arts Inc. has inked a deal with Intel Corp. and McDonald's Corp. to incorporate their products into its upcoming computer game, "The Sims Online." The multimillion-dollar deal is a milestone for the game industry, which traditionally has paid to use other companies' logos in their games. Sony Corp., for example, has paid tens of thousands of dollars to car manufacturers such as Honda Motor Co.
August 29, 2002 |
Belarus, the Soviet throwback sandwiched between Russia and Poland, is resisting efforts by McDonald's to turn it into a fast-food nation. The fast-food giant filed a lawsuit this month in a land dispute with authorities--the latest in a string of problems it has had since it opened for business in Belarus in 1996.