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Entries Tagged as 'Fast Food and Franchises'

Hamburglar Locked Up, Grimace and His McPosse AWOL in McDonaldland

June 2nd, 2012 · 1 Comment

OAK BROOK, IL – Ask a group of kids who the Hamburglar is, and they don’t know. Could it be that the Hamburglar was the victim of multiple mandatory sentences? Perhaps he was locked in a private prison, and forgotten? Or is he living the good life in Brazil? Not so fast. Hamburglar is still […]

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Landor Exec On Word-less Starbucks Nymph

January 10th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Landor Associates Managing Director Allen Adamson

We sent some email questions about the new Starbucks logo to a veteran branding executive, Allen Adamson of the New York office of Landor Associates. Above, an explanation of these evolutionary changes from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. Below, some straightforward explanation from Adamson: BrandlandUSA: What do you think about the changes? Adamson: The changes strengthen […]

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Marketing To Kids Through Noble Aspirations

October 6th, 2010 · 3 Comments

SARASOTA – A kid threw up last Sunday in the McDonald’s Playplace here. Not that that is a surprise. Stuff like that happens all the time, and it was cleaned up. It could have been me throwing up, however, as my daughter got yet another stinky Strawberry Shortcake Happy Meal toy, and it was sitting […]

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Consumer Group to Sue Over Happy Meal Toys

June 22nd, 2010 · 2 Comments

pp Multisource political news, world news, and entertainment news analysis by Newsy.com Yes, it has come to this. A D. C. watchdog group will sue McDonald’s if the fast-food chain continues to use toys to promote Happy Meals. The Center for Science in the Public Interest says using toys to lure small children into McDonald’s […]

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Chains That Were Once Chains, Chains No More

April 19th, 2010 · 3 Comments

ST. PETERSBURG – Across the U.S., you can sometimes find a one-off restaurant that was once a larger chain. Call them the broken chain retailers. When a retail or restaurant chain falls apart, the company infrastructure that at one time enforced the rules and helped promote the chain goes away. Very often, there are leftover […]

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Ronald McDonald, a Powerful American Icon

October 8th, 2009 · No Comments

McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) knows what it is doing. How do I know? I saw Ronald McDonald in action, first hand, when Ronald McDonald made a visit to our local Sarasota McDonald’s. It made me again see how a great company controls its brand. And it made me realize how McDonald’s should never be underestimated in […]

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IHOP and DineEquity Inc. Prove Casual Sector

July 24th, 2009 · No Comments

SARASOTA – Many of us can recall when IHOP wasn’t cool. Somewhere between 1980 and 1990, the chain got into the category of undesirable. It was so much so that the chain became a joke; comedienne Paula Poundstone’s “IHOP: It was a dream, I made it happen” routine about working at an IHOP came to […]

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Village Inn Pies Are Safe

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

DENVER – Vicorp Restaurants Inc. announced today the sale of the pie restaurant Village Inn to American Blue Ribbon Holdings LLC, a new entity formed by Fidelity National Financial Inc. and Newport Global Advisors. American Blue Ribbon Holdings, LLC will own and operate the Village Inn and Bakers Square restaurant brands as well as the […]

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Darden’s Olive Garden Presses On

January 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Drive Thru Restaurant Analysis? SARASOTA – Here in this retiree mecca, you can get a pretty good indication of the health of America’s restaurants as you drive down our highway strip, Tamiami Trail. Of the chains along U.S. 41, a newly opened Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) is packed, and all the fast food restaurants are […]

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Fast Food Design at Not Foolin’ Anybody

December 15th, 2008 · No Comments

We love www.notfoolinganybody.com. It’s a website of fast food architecture; the premise is that once a building is a fast food building, it is ALWAYS a fast food building. The site is quite addictive. Once you start looking at roadside chains, you can always spot them. And it is not just Pizza Huts and Long […]

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