Welcome to our round-up of the top fast food news stories of the
The Better of Two Evils
Fast food may take all the flak for its not-so-nutritious
offerings, however, a survey of 19 sit-down chains done by
University of Toronto researchers found that the average meal
contained 1,128 calories, compared to the fast food average of 881,
to ABC News
Popular lunch and dinner meals at small chains across the country
were also found to contain a whopping 1,327 calories on average by
researchers at Tufts University in Boston.
"Considering that more than half the restaurants in the US are
independent or small chain and won't be covered by labeling
requirements in the future, this is something consumers need to pay
attention to," said Lorien Urban of the Tufts study. "It's also
important because nearly 40% of meals are now eaten outside the
With obesity continuing to become synonymous with America, the fast
food industry, with its massive reach and worldwide reputation, has
faced the brunt of the backlash.
The days of sit-down meals with the entire family are slowly fading
away as people head out to restaurants more often, but nutritional
research has made it clear that this is not a healthy step.
As healthier offerings continue to pop up on menus and research
continues to be compiled, fast food may have an opportunity to
finally shirk its reputation -- perhaps the industry can position
itself as a surprisingly healthier alternative when eating out?
Milwaukee to Continue Fast Food Strikes: Will Minimum Wage
Become a Thing of the Past?
Following in the footsteps of workers in New York City, Chicago,
, Milwaukee fast food and retail workers have started walking off
the job today.
Fast food industry giants like
), and retailers like
), have historically offered minimum or just above minimum wage to
employees, well below what's considered a living wage.
The Milwaukee Workers Organizing Committee (MWOC) intends to have
hundreds of workers abandon their posts in the fight for wages of
$15 per hour, a far cry from the state minimum of $7.25 currently
"If we truly want to stimulate the economy, then we must stimulate
the wages of those who collectively have the buying power to
strengthen the economy. It's simple. I support the workers today
because raising their wage, raises our economy," said Pastor
Charles Williams II of Historic King Solomon Baptist Church, a
leader of the Detroit walk outs, in an e-mail
to the Huffington Post
With the employment rate in the fast food and retail industry still
far above that of overall employment, and demand for jobs high, the
MWOC and its counterparts will likely need a massive mobilization
effort in order to prompt a reaction.
While $15 is almost definitely out of the question, with over four
million employees in the fast food industry alone, any bending on
the part of employers could drastically impact profits.
Taco Bell Introduces the Waffle Taco
Taco Bell, Yum's Mexican eatery and advocator of the late-night
Fourth Meal, began testing a new item for its First Meal breakfast
lineup that launched earlier this year in about 800 locations
across ten states, according to
The waffle taco, composed of a scrambled egg, a sausage patty, and
maple syrup nestled within a fried waffle, is currently available
in select Southern California locations and sells for $0.89.
Should the initial tests go well, the waffle taco will become
available at all Taco Bell locations that offer breakfast, said Rob
Poetsch, a Taco Bell spokesman.
This waffle variation on a Mexican staple joins the ranks of Taco
Bell's vastly successful Doritos Locos tacos, over 450 million of
which have been sold since their launch in 2012.
Despite the waffle taco lacking the brand association of the
Doritos Locos innovation, Yum could have its ticket into the
incredibly valuable fast-food breakfast competition if it takes off
Burger King Takes Aim at the McRib
) may have its sights set on infiltrating the cult that is the
McRib fan base as it's set to release the BK Rib sandwich nation
wide on May 21.
The BK Rib will join the likes of the Carolina-style BBQ
sandwiches, the Memphis pulled pork sandwich, and sweet potato
fries that it introduced recently to meet consumers' varied
"Our guests have grown to look for a variety of options. It's not
just about beef anymore, but other proteins like chicken and turkey
and pork," said Eric Hirschhorn, vice president of global
innovation at Burger King,
to USA Today.
The $3.49 boneless BK Rib follows the 2010 failure by the company
to introduce bone-in fire-grilled ribs that sold for nearly $9 in
This new price point and the more convenient style of the BK Rib
make it a far more direct competitor of the McRib, but
of the limited-time-offer McDonald's sandwich could present an
insurmountable barrier of entry into the rib sandwich game.
Whether it can snag a share of the McRib market or not, Burger King
will have at least made a significant addition to its menu in a
fast food and health-centric era that demands constant innovation
in order to remain relevant.