March 20, 2015 |
As I drove into the parking lot of Roberto Clemente Middle School in North Philadelphia to start my cooking classes there, my competition was staring me in the face: a giant Burger King sign. The restaurant is not even a minute's walk from the school. Trying to convince kids to cook healthy meals in a fast-food world is hard enough. But with Whoppers wooing them across the parking lot? There ought to be a law! If I needed confirmation that these students, like so many other American middle schoolers, were eating this junk, I got that pretty quickly: My five eighth-grade girls answered a questionnaire about what they eat for dinner and how often they eat fast food.
August 29, 2014
NOT EVERYONE is outraged at the whopping news that Burger King is reincorporating in Canada in order to avoid taxes. The fast-food giant just bought the Canadian-based Tim Horton's doughnut chain and as part of the deal will keep the BK headquarters in Miami but incorporate the new entity in Canada, which has a lower effective tax rate than the U.S. Supporters of the move say that it's no big deal, that Burger King owes it to its shareholders to...
July 3, 2014 |
AS THOUGHTS turn to the red-white-and-blue and barbecue, what could be more natural than to seek culinary inspiration from our allies in the Revolutionary War and continuing champions on the battlefields of gastronomy: the French. Yes, those guys. Our fledgling country owed a debt of gratitude to the French, acknowledged in Pennsylvania with the naming of Lafayette Hill after the Marquis de Lafayette, a French aristocrat who served as a major general in the Continental Army under George Washington.
September 2, 2013 |
As strikes go, this one was more symbol than shutdown. The Burger King on U.S. 202 in Wilmington, in my neighborhood, was one of the fast-food outlets hit by a national mini-walkout and picketing backed by the Service Employees International Union . SEIU held a pre-Labor Day "action," pushing for higher wages for the army of workers who pack and sell fast-food sandwiches, drinks, fries, and snacks in factory-like conditions. The strikers want to double the minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour, as my colleague Jane Von Bergen reported.
June 9, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co. began a new chapter Friday. The company, which also makes baked beans, vinegar, and Classico pasta sauce, said it completed its acquisition by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and 3G Capital, the Brazilian investment firm that also owns Burger King. With the completion of the deal, 3G is shifting one of its partners from the helm of Burger King to head Heinz. Bernardo Hees, 43, is taking the reins from William Johnson, who was the seventh CEO of the 144-year-old company for the past 15 years.
May 9, 2013 |
There was some leftover meat from cheesesteak night at my house, so I put it on a salad. The meat had been cooked with onions, roasted peppers, and Worcestershire sauce. After two days in the refrigerator, it took on the flavor of the other ingredients. Delicious. I thought myself rather creative. But while eating I opened a magazine and saw a sandwich that rivaled my imagination: a fried egg and two strips of bacon inside a glazed doughnut. Yes, a doughnut sandwich. They are being tested by Dunkin' Donuts in the Boston area.
April 13, 2013 |
The partners buying Pittsburgh's H.J. Heinz Co. have chosen one of their own to take over as chief executive officer after the $28 billion sale goes through. Bernardo Hees, who has been CEO of Burger King Worldwide Inc. and who previously ran a railroad and logistics company, will succeed Bill Johnson, according to an announcement Thursday. Johnson's role after the sale of the company to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital isn't clear. He has led Heinz for 15 years and will continue as chairman, president, and CEO through the transaction.
February 19, 2013
SOMEBODY hacked Burger King's Twitter account on Monday, posting obscene messages and changing its profile picture to a McDonald's logo. The tweets stopped after a little more than an hour, and Burger King said it had reached out to Twitter to suspend the account. A Twitter spokesman did not immediately respond to a phone message left on Monday. Burger King usually tweets several times a week; typical tweets promote sales on chicken sandwiches, or ask how many bites it takes to eat a chicken nugget.
March 29, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Wendy's has dethroned Burger King as the country's second-biggest hamburger chain. Wendy's edged out Burger King in U.S. sales volume last year for the first time since Wendy's was founded in 1969, according to a report by the food industry research firm Technomic Inc. that is to be released next month. Wendy's had sales of $8.5 billion in 2011, compared with $8.4 billion for Burger King. McDonald's remained far larger than both with $34.2 billion in sales. The figures are based on Technomic's estimates of system-wide sales at franchise and company-owned restaurants, rather than corporate revenue, which includes fees from franchise operators.
March 8, 2012
Company description: (Bacon-Cheddar BBQ) A 5.5-ounce, flame-broiled premium ground chuck patty topped with two slices of melted cheddar cheese, three slices of naturally smoked hardwood bacon, fresh-cut romaine lettuce, red onions, ripe tomatoes, creamy mayonnaise and BBQ sauce on an artisan-style bun. Limited time only. Chain: Burger King. Calories: 820, with 56 grams fat, 135 mgs cholesterol, 1,800 mgs salt. Location: The Gallery Food Court (9th and Market)