Meet the Black History Makers of Today
As we celebrate Black History Month this February, dozens of Michigan high school seniors are being recognized for their ability to uplift their peers or their community through academic achievement and positive behavior. Meet the students who won the Black History Makers of Today Scholarship.
Surge in COVID cases leaves businesses with major staffing issues throughout Michigan
Some businesses around Metro Detroit could not open their doors to consumers on New Year’s Eve due to a staff shortage. Today, Jan. 3, some McDonald’s locations have added a help wanted note alongside serving their food to entice the frequent customers to join the understaffed franchise.
How one mainstream restaurant is helping women become the boss
In fact, about 22% of McDonald’s owner-operators in Michigan are women. Those women own a combined 133 restaurants, which accounts for 29% of the locally-owned McDonald’s restaurants in Michigan. According to Schulz-Rogers, McDonald’s is very flexible and has been a good career for her to have while also being a mother. Schulz-Rogers’ family has owned and operated McDonald’s for four generations, and owning her own restaurant was always a career goal for Schulz-Rogers. If you are interested in the job opportunities at McDonald’s click or tap here, or text “APPLY” to 36453.
McPlant and more: Beyond Meat inks McDonald's, Yum deals
Beyond Meat on Thursday announced distribution agreements with McDonald's as well as with Yum Brands, the parent company of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. Beyond Meat had limited partnerships with McDonald's and Yum Brands before, testing its products in limited geographies or with only an item or two. Chicago-based McDonald's will use the Beyond Meat partnership to roll out what it is calling the “McPlant” burger, as well as eventually plant-based pork, egg and chicken products. AdYum will use Beyond Meat to expand its “Beyond Fried Chicken” products, as well as pizza toppings at Pizza Hut. Burger King has partnered with Impossible Foods to provide products that use plant-based products as well.
Black franchise owner sues McDonald's, cites persistent bias
Washington, the Black owner of 14 McDonald's franchises in Ohio has sued the corporation in federal court asserting numerous instances of unfair treatment compared with white owners. “By relegating Black owners to the oldest stores in the toughest neighborhoods, McDonald’s ensured that Black franchisees would never achieve the levels of success that White franchisees could expect,” the lawsuit said. “Black franchisees must spend more to operate their stores while White franchisees get to realize the full benefit of their labors." He blames his advocacy on behalf of Black McDonald's owners for his troubles with the company. According to the lawsuit, the number of Black McDonald's franchise owners in the U.S. has fallen from 377 in 1998 to 186 today.
The Latest: Keselowski has no regrets about Daytona 500 end
Racers crash during the last lap in the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local):12:35 a.m.Brad Keselowski has no regrets about the way he handled the final lap of the Daytona 500. ___12:15 a.m.Michael McDowell won the Daytona 500 after Penske Racing teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski wrecked on the final lap. ___3:25 p.m.Derrike Cope was knocked out after only three laps, an ignominious end for the 62-year-old driver who won the 1990 Daytona 500. ___2 p.m.Bubba Wallace’s car failed inspection twice for the Daytona 500 and will have to start at the back of the field. AdWallace drives a new entry owned by NBA great Michael Jordan and three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin.
McDonald's US sales strong in Q4, but COVID drags elsewhere
U.S. same-store sales jumped 5.5% in the October-December period, pumped up by new menu items like spicy Chicken McNuggets and a meal deal collaboration with Colombian singer J Balvin. For the full year, McDonald's said U.S. same-store sales __ or sales at stores open at least a year __ were up less than 1%, their sixth consecutive year of growth. But worldwide, same-store sales were down 1.3% for the quarter, reflecting store closures and limited operating hours in various markets across Europe, Latin America and Asia. For the full year, global same-store sales were down 7.7%, a bigger decline than the 7% drop Wall Street had forecast, according to analysts polled by FactSet. Earlier this week, Starbucks said its global same-store sales fell 5% in the October-December period.
Detroit fast-food workers join protests across US aimed at raising federal minimum wage
DETROIT – The battle over the minimum wage heated up Friday. A Fight for $15 rally took place at a McDonald’s near the intersection of Livernois Avenue and West McNichols Road on Detroit’s west side. They want the minimum wage to increase to $15 an hour. Demonstrators want the incoming Joe Biden administration to raise the federal minimum wage within Biden’s first 100 days of taking office. The federal minimum wage hasn’t been raised since July 2009.
Does fast food get a bad rap?
Grab a burger and some French fries, What’s the Buzz is all about fast food because it is National Fast Food Day! First up, does fast food get a bad rap? Both Blaine and Melanie like fast food for the unhealthy guilty pleasure that it is. Are there too many fast food options? Now many chains are offer meat substitutes so vegetarians and vegans can enjoy some fast food as well.
Beyond Meat shares plummet on weak 3Q, McDonald's questions
Beyond Meat's stock plummeted Monday after company executives struggled to explain the company's weaker-than-expected third quarter sales and answer questions about whether it will make plant-based burgers for McDonald's. On top of that, McDonald's raised questions earlier in the day about its relationship with Beyond Meat. McDonald's tested a Beyond Meat burger in Canada earlier this year, and Beyond Meat President and CEO Ethan Brown insisted that his company continues to work with McDonald's on the McPlant. Brown said U.S. retail sales of Beyond Meat slowed in the July-September period despite increased availability in stores. At the same time, Beyond Meat said sales to restaurants and other venues continue to struggle.
McDonald's cult classic, the McRib, is coming back
This photo provided by McDonald's shows the McRib sandwich. McDonalds announced that it was bringing its barbeque slathered sandwich with the cult following back for yet another run on Dec. 2. (McDonald's via AP)NEW YORK – McRib, the fast food sandwich that went viral before viral was a thing, is back. McDonald's announced Friday that for the first time in eight years it will be offering nationwide its barbeque slathered sandwich with the cult following. McDonald's is reintroducing the McRib nationally as it tries to regain its footing during the pandemic, which left many of its dining rooms sparsely populated or empty, though drive-thrus continued to operate.
Someone created a website that tracks broken ice cream machines at McDonald’s, and it’s genius
But alas, while you may have gotten your Big Mac or McChicken, the ice cream machine is yet again broken, and your McFlurry dreams have been crushed. Not only are you upset, but so are the kids in the back seat who just wanted an ice cream cone. If only there was some way you could have known the ice cream machine was down, so you could have gone to a different McDonald’s with a working machine. A version of this scenario inspired 24-year-old software engineer Rashiq Zahid to created McBroken, a new website that tracks whether the ice cream machine at every McDonald’s is working or not. Only a true @McDonalds fan would go to these lengths to help customers get our delicious ice cream!
Drive-thru dominates even as dine-in restrictions ease
In contrast, at overseas McDonald’s locations, where drive-thru windows are less common, same-store sales dipped compared with a year ago. Domino's said its same-store sales overseas climbed 6.2% as stores in hard-hit markets like India and Spain reopened and more business migrated to delivery. Nearly all U.S. McDonald’s have drive-thru windows and its delivery business is rising. When combined with international sales, McDonald's same-store sales fell 2.2%. Still, that was significantly better than the second quarter, when same-store sales fell 24%.
Black former franchisees sue McDonalds for discrimination
According to the lawsuit, McDonalds steered Black franchisees to stores in inner-city neighborhoods with lower sales volumes and higher security and insurance costs. Once Black franchisees owned a store, they would be asked to rebuild or remodel within a shorter period of time than white franchisees without the rent relief and other financial support given to white franchisees, the lawsuit says. Theyre the same everywhere.Ferraro also noted that the number of Black McDonalds franchisees has fallen by half over the last two decades. In 1996, McDonalds leadership acknowledged that Black franchisees werent achieving parity with their white counterparts and resolved to make changes. They claimed McDonalds shifted advertising away from Black customers, graded Black-owned stores more harshly than white ones and implemented business plans that had a discriminatory impact on Black franchisees.
McDonald's internal investigation extends beyond ousted CEO
An internal investigation by McDonalds of potential misconduct has extended beyond its former CEO who was forced out late last year. After Easterbrook was became McDonald's CEO in 2015 he named Fairhurst, a friend, to lead the human resource department. Yet in July, McDonalds received information from another company employee suggesting that Easterbrook had multiple affairs with subordinates. The same person also told the company about issues within the human resources department. McDonalds named Heidi Capozzi, who had worked for Boeing, as human resources chief in March.
Angry McDonald’s customers in Troy yell slurs, throw salad, punch employee
The incident happened at 1:53 p.m. March 9 at the McDonald’s restaurant at 36895 Dequindre Road in Troy, according to authorities. A group of four customers got angry when their order wasn’t delivered to their table, police said. One of the customers began to yell racism slurs toward the employees, and another threw a salad, striking one of the employees, according to officials. When they left the restaurant, an employee tried to look at their license plate, officials said. The group continue to yell racial slurs at the employees as they drove off in the Dodge Caravan, police said.
As McDonald's CEO learned, workplace romance can be perilous
McDonald's sank 2.3% after its CEO was ousted after violating company policy by having a relationship with an employee. McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook is only the latest chief executive to be ousted over a consensual relationship with an employee. Increasingly, U.S. companies are adopting policies addressing workplace romances, a trend that began well before the #MeToo movement galvanized a national conversation surrounding sexual misconduct. Easterbrook's departure comes as McDonald's steps up its efforts to stop sexual harassment after dozens of employee complaints. Over the last three years, more than 50 McDonald's employees have filed cases alleging sexual harassment with the U.S.
McDonalds CEO pushed out after relationship with employee
NEW YORK, NY McDonald's chief executive officer has been pushed out of the company after violating company policy by engaging in a consensual relationship with an employee, the corporation said Sunday. In an email to employees, Easterbrook acknowledged he had a relationship with an employee and said it was a mistake. McDonald's board of directors voted on Easterbrook's departure Friday after conducting a thorough review. The board of directors named Chris Kempczinski, who recently served as president of McDonald's USA, as its new president and CEO. He was instrumental in the development of McDonald's strategic plan and oversaw the most comprehensive transformation of the U.S. business in McDonald's history, said Enrique Hernandez, chairman of McDonald's board, in a statement.
Woman demands justice for sister killed in brutal Detroit hit-and-run
DETROIT - A Grosse Pointe woman is demanding justice after she said her sister was "tossed like a McDonald's wrapper" in a fatal hit-and-run. Anna Philpot is accused of hitting and killing Rebecca Sherrill with her car, dragging her for blocks and then leaving her for dead. Standing at the intersection of Van Dyke and Nevada avenues on Detroit's east side brings back a lot of terrible memories for Tina Sherrill Kanou. My sister went through the front windshield, rolled on top of the vehicle, went through the back windshield and then left attached to the vehicle," Sherill Kanou said. It doesn't matter why my sister was down here or what the situation was, no one deserves to be thrown and disposed of like they're throwing a McDonald's wrapper out the window," said Sherill Kanou.
The McRib is back! Find the nearest participating McDonald's location here
DETROIT - McDonald's announced the popular McRib sandwich is back for a limited time, and thousands of chain branches are participating. The sandwich is a fan favorite that includes a pork patty, barbecue sauce, onions and pickles on a hoagie bun. It's listed at 480 calories on the McDonald's website. The company is offering a "McRib finder" for customers to type in their ZIP code and find the nearest restaurant offering the McRib. Click here to find the closest McRib near you.
The McRib is back, but why doesn't McDonald's sell it year-round?
(CNN) - McDonald's McRib is back again. For example, when the weather turns colder, Starbucks customers habitually get excited about Pumpkin Spice Lattes. When Starbucks announced the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte last year, it also unveiled the Teavana Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte. And Chernev pointed out that seasonal menu items mean brands have something new to talk about every quarter. Hottovy explained that sales typically rise for a short time when companies unveil seasonal items.
McDonald's premieres cinnamon cookie latte, brings back donut sticks
New seasonal menu items include a cinnamon cookie latte and the return of donut sticks with chocolate dipping sauce. (WDIV)Fall is officially in full swing now that McDonald's has announced its seasonal menu lineup. The lineup includes the cinnamon cookie latte, which is the company's first seasonal beverage in five years. "We were inspired by our customers' excitement for the holidays when crafting our Cinnamon Cookie Latte." Also on the limited-time menu is the return of the donut sticks, this time with an accompanying chocolate sauce dip.
McDonald's is bringing back its popular Donut Sticks
The burger chain is bringing back its popular Donut Sticks and introducing a cinnamon cookie latte, its first seasonal drink in five years. Donut Sticks, fried dough rods that McDonald's added to its menu earlier this year, are returning Nov. 6 and will be available for a limited time throughout the holiday season. The Donut Sticks come six or a dozen in a pack, and they will be served warm with cinnamon and sugar. The Donut Sticks were a hit for McDonald's when they sold them earlier this year, and the company reported strong first-quarter earnings partly because of the new and limited time item. It is McDonald's first seasonal drink since 2014, when it started selling the white chocolate mocha latte.
'OK' is now a hate symbol, the ADL says
The "OK" hand gesture is now a hate symbol, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League. NEW YORK - The "OK" hand gesture is now a hate symbol, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL added that symbol along with several others on Thursday to its long-standing database of slogans and symbols used by extremists. The finger-and-thumb OK sign is universally known for meaning everything is all right or approval of something. Tarrant was pictured using the OK symbol during a courtroom appearance soon after his arrest.
Beyond Meat stock soars on McDonald's deal
But McDonald's is partnering with Beyond Meat on a plant-based burger in Canada. Shares of Beyond Meat surged 10% Thursday morning after McDonald's announced plans for a limited-time offering of a P.LT. Beyond Meat's stock, trading around $150, is now up about 500% from its initial public offering price of $25. It also has a deal with Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons, which is also owned by Burger King parent Restaurant Brands. If Beyond Meat is able to land a broader deal with McDonald's, that would be a big win for the company as the plant-based burger business heats up.
Beyond Meat burger is coming to McDonald's
Chris McGrath/Getty Images(CNN) - McDonald's will begin testing a Beyond Meat burger, giving the plant-based meat craze a major endorsement. Some food industry insiders had speculated that McDonald's could partner with Nestle to bring a vegan burger to market in North America. Nestle made McDonald's vegan burger, the Big Vegan TS, in Germany, one of McDonald's top 5 international markets. The company said it's still in "learning mode," so it will review the test's results before adding the Beyond Meat burger elsewhere. So far, McDonald's plant-based burger sales have been limited.
Fast food companies betting big on delivery
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CNN) - This is the golden age of food delivery. The promotion, which let customers order both the regular and Impossible Whopper for $7, was only available through DoorDash. "We have seen very little guest overlap between our own in-app delivery and our third-party delivery partner apps," he added. The holdoutFor Domino's, delivery is a big deal. By outsourcing delivery, food companies are essentially outsourcing their brand management, as well.
McDonald's new paper straws aren't recyclable. The plastic ones were
Mario Tama/Getty ImagesLONDON - McDonald's has reportedly admitted that its new paper straws, rolled out last year to help "protect the environment," can't be recycled unlike the plastic versions they replaced. The straws were introduced to all 1,361 McDonald's restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland after a trial last year. McDonald's UK and Ireland has not yet responded to CNN's requests for comment. When the firm announced the introduction of paper straws in June 2018, it said the move was "part of wider efforts to protect the environment." The plastic straws previously used could be recycled, but the British government has moved to ban plastic straws by 2020 and encouraged chains to ditch the products.
McDonald's banned from site near ancient Rome baths
Chris McGrath/Getty Images(CNN) - McDonald's fast-food outlets are ubiquitous sights around the world, but Italy's culture ministry has banned the chain from building yet another restaurant in the capital, Rome. The proposed restaurant would have been built next to the ancient Baths of Caracalla, but plans were rejected. "Already expressed my opposition to a fast food in the archaeological area of Caracalla Terme," wrote Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli on Facebook. The Italian capital already has 40 McDonald's restaurants, according to Reuters, with outlets close to famous landmarks such as the Vatican and the Spanish Steps. There are 578 McDonald's restaurants in Italy, trailing only Germany, France and the UK in a ranking of European Countries on statista.com.
McDonald's cheap, classic food is driving sales
Joe Raedle/Getty Images(CNN) - The new look of McDonald's is helping bring people into its restaurants, and its cheap, classic foods are driving sales. Sales at US restaurants open at least 13 months rose 5.7% in the second quarter, McDonald's said Friday. It cited growth in the burger chain's core menu items, along with strength in its two-for-$5 mix and match promotion and its modernized stores. Earlier this year, the company brought international menu items to locations in the United States. In addition to focusing on its core foods and values, McDonald's is using advanced technology to make its restaurants sleeker and attract customers.
Watch Local 4 News at 5 -- July 25, 2019
DETROIT - Here's what is coming up on Local 4 News at 5:Clerk shoots manProtestors would like to see a Detroit gas station shut down after a clerk shot a man. Detroit stabbingPolice are investigating at a McDonald's restaurant on Detroit's west side after a nearby double stabbing spilled into the restaurant. Training campThe Lions reported to Allen Park Wednesday and Thursday was the first day on the field. Gator shotA Detroit man shot and killed an alligator he found in his backyard. Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Watch Local 4 News at Noon -- July 25, 2019
DETROIT - Here's what is coming up on Local 4 News at Noon (watch the episode above).Man stabbed at McDonald's restaurant on Detroit's west sideA man is in critical condition after a violent incounter at a Detroit McDonald's. Detroit gas station shooting under investigationA Detoit gas station clerk is in police custody after firing shots at a thief inside his store. Novi police: Suicidal man barricaded inside homeNovi police are asking people to avoid the neighborhood near 10 Mile and Beck roads as officers work to safely resolve this situation. Metro Detroit weather: Afternoon isolated shower not ruled outIts not quite as comfortably cool this Thursday morning, but still a decent start around Metro Detroit with morning lows in the 50s to low and mid 60s. Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
New York to start enforcing foam container ban
Getty Images(CNN) - New York City will begin officially enforcing its ban on Styrofoam beginning Monday. "New York City's ban on Styrofoam is long overdue, and New Yorkers are ready to start using recyclable alternatives," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said last year when he announced the ban. The Styrofoam ban in New York makes it the largest US city to ban the material. Maine announced last month that it will ban foam food containers statewide beginning in 2021. So did McDonald's, which said it would use renewable or recyclable materials in all of its packaging by 2025.
Once again, Chick-fil-A is named America's favorite restaurant chain
For the fourth year in a row, the Georgia-based chicken chain has been named America's favorite restaurant, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. The chain, whose customer service is perhaps just as well-known as its food, scored an 86 on the 100-point scale, down one point from last year. Four chains tied for fourth with a score of 80: Arby's, Chipotle, Papa John's and Pizza Hut. Other popular chains scored much lower. 3 in the industry behind McDonald's and Starbucks, according to Nation's Restaurant News.
Have any foreign currency lying around? Use it Thursday at select McDonald's
Well youre in luck, because those pieces of currency might be able to buy you some food at McDonalds on Thursday. Be sure to call your local McDonalds to make sure it is participating in the promotion before sifting through drawers or couch cushions to find any extra foreign money. One piece of foreign currency can be exchanged for the following items on the Worldwide Favorites menu. Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger (Spain): A quarter pound burger topped with applewood smoked bacon, smoky McBacon Sauce, real Gouda cheese and slivered onions. Cheesy Bacon Fries (Australia): Fries topped with real cheddar cheese sauce and chopped applewood smoked bacon.