2014 Burger Brackets Voting is Over

Congratulations to champion Burgatory! Thank you for casting a record 149,789 votes and thank you to A.1. Steak Sauce for making this year’s competition possible.
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McDonald’s Taps New Chief Marketing Officer

McDonald’s Corp. selected Deborah Wahl as senior VP, chief marketing officer for USA operations, effective March 3, 2014. She succeeds Neil Golden, who has been CMO for the past five years and who announced his intention to retire last year. Wahl reports to Kevin Newell, EVP and chief brand and strategy officer for McDonald’s USA.

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Good Times: Four Reasons We Like Bad Daddy’s

In April 2012, Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard hired Heathcote Capital LLC, many assumed the Golden, Colo.-based regional QSR was seeking a buyer. But President-CEO said that on the contrary Good Times was looking to buy. This week 39-unit Good Times announced deals with Charlotte, N.C.-based Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. BurgerBusiness.com spoke with Good [...]

Easterbrook Returns to Guide McDonald’s Marketing

Steve Easterbrook

Steve Easterbrook, the the former president of McDonald’s Europe who left the chain in 2011 to head PizzaExpress (and who then went on to be CEO of Wagamama Limited), rejoined McDonald’s Corp. as EVP-Global Chief Brand Officer. He’ll oversee marketing, menu development and consumer and business insights. It’s a post Easterbrook previously, [...]

Surprise Deal Takes Burger King Public Again

When it launched new advertising this week that teased “Exciting things are happening at Burger King,” it wasn’t clear that the burger chain meant the boardroom as well as the dining room. Privately held Burger King Worldwide Holdings and publicly traded UK investment vehicle Justice Holdings Limited announced a business deal late Tuesday that will [...]

Skinner Retiring at McDonald’s; Thompson Steps Up

Jim Skinner steps down.

Don Thompson was named chief executive officer of McDonald’s Corp., effective July 1, 2012, following the announced retirement of Vice Chairman-CEO Jim Skinner.

Skinner, 67, has worked at McDonald’s for 41 years and has served as CEO since November 2004. Thompson has been with the company for 22 years. A [...]

Burger King Splits with Ad Agency CP+B

That was the sound of the other shoe dropping. When Burger King installed new management last October following the chain’s acquisition by 3G Capital, the question asked here was, “Will Crispin Porter + Bogusky hang on to Burger King’s $300 million-plus ad account?” It did for awhile, but when UK Marketing Director Sarah Power exited [...]

Burger King Realigns Marketing; CMO Out

Burger King’s owners have continued the housecleaning they began by installing Bernardo Hees as CEO last fall. Now the 3G Capital ownership group has reorganized the global brand management and operations functions. The most visible shakeup is the immediate departure of EVP-Global Chief Marketing Officer Natalia Franco after just nine months on the job.

Food Prices Shape Jack in the Box Plans

There may be more grilled sandwiches and new chicken items in Jack in the Box’s menu future, while burger and salad LTOs could be downplayed as a result of rapidly rising costs for many commodities.

Jack in the Box reported positive same-store sales for both company (+1.5%) and franchised stores (+0.9%) for its first fiscal [...]