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Sep 26, 2013

Want fruit with your burger? McDonald’s expands anti-obesity push

By Lisa Baertlein

(Reuters) – Hold the fries, pass the salad. McDonald’s Corp on Thursday said it would offer healthy options as part of its popular value meals, letting customers choose a side salad, fruit or vegetables instead of french fries.

The announcement by the world’s largest fast-food chain comes as more companies respond to government and consumer pressure to address the global obesity epidemic.

Sep 20, 2013

Darden profit flops, squeezed by U.S. economy and rivals

Sept 20 (Reuters) – Darden Restaurants Inc reported
dismal quarterly results on Friday as the casual dining
restaurant sector that includes its Olive Garden and Red Lobster
chains turned in its weakest sales at established restaurants in
more than three years.

Shares in Darden slid 5.5 percent to $46.61 in midday
trading after analysts said the company’s lowered restaurant
sales forecast for the full fiscal year appeared too rosy amid
intensifying discounting by Darden’s key rivals.

Sep 18, 2013

Starbucks asks U.S. customers to leave guns at home

Sept 17 (Reuters) – Coffee chain Starbucks Corp has
asked U.S. customers to leave their guns at home after being
dragged into an increasingly fractious debate over U.S. gun
rights in the wake of multiple mass shootings.

While many U.S. restaurant chains and retailers do not allow
firearms on their properties, Starbucks’ policy had been to
default to local gun laws, including “open carry” regulations in
many U.S. states that allow people to bring guns into stores.

Sep 18, 2013

Starbucks changes course, asks U.S. patrons to leave guns at home

By Lisa Baertlein

(Reuters) – Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Executive Howard Schultz requested on Tuesday that the coffee chain’s customers leave their firearms at home, shifting company policy amid an increasingly fractious debate over U.S. gun rights in the wake of multiple mass shootings.

The request is being made in part because more people have been bringing guns into Starbucks over the last six months, prompting confusion and dismay among some patrons and employees, Schultz told Reuters in an interview.

Sep 10, 2013

Europe buoys McDonald’s in August, but worries linger

By Lisa Baertlein

(Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported a bigger-than-expected 1.9 percent increase in global sales at established restaurants in August, after a revival in France helped drive solid results in Europe, its top market.

Although the results from the world’s biggest fast-food chain soundly beat the average estimate of a 0.3 percent increase from 16 analysts polled by Consensus Metrix, McDonald’s shares rose only slightly in morning trading on Tuesday.

Sep 9, 2013

Traditional U.S. stores fight Amazon for online sales

By Phil Wahba and Lisa Baertlein

(Reuters) – U.S. bricks and mortar retailers are racing to catch up with e-commerce giant Amazon.com in fast-growing online sales.

Retailers ranging from department store Macy’s Inc (M.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to discounters like Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) are linking online and in-store inventory systems, speeding shipping and promoting exclusive products to counter Amazon, which dominates U.S. online sales.

Sep 9, 2013

REUTERS SUMMIT: Traditional U.S. stores fight Amazon for online sales

By Phil Wahba and Lisa Baertlein

(Reuters) – U.S. bricks and mortar retailers are racing to catch up with e-commerce giant Amazon.com in fast-growing online sales.

Retailers ranging from department store Macy’s Inc (M.N: Quote, Profile, Research) to discounters like Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) are linking online and in-store inventory systems, speeding shipping and promoting exclusive products to counter Amazon, which dominates U.S. online sales.

Aug 18, 2013

Insight: Some U.S. feedlots rue loss of ‘Vitamin Z’ Zilmax

By Lisa Baertlein and P.J. Huffstutter

(Reuters) – After nearly a decade of relying on weight-gain feed additives as a lifeline to survival, some of the 75,000 U.S. cattle feedyards that dot rural America in places such as Texas and the Great Plains, suddenly must do without the leading product Zilmax – nicknamed “Vitamin Z.”

Merck & Co’s announcement on Friday that it was suspending the sale of Zilmax in the United States and Canada surprised many cattle owners and feedlot operators, who say Zilmax and other beta-agonists have been a godsend for a struggling U.S. beef industry that saw overall domestic consumption fall more than 8 percent between 2002 and 2011.

Aug 18, 2013

Some U.S. feedlots rue loss of “Vitamin Z” Zilmax

Aug 18 (Reuters) – After nearly a decade of relying on
weight-gain feed additives as a lifeline to survival, some of
the 75,000 U.S. cattle feedyards that dot rural America in
places such as Texas and the Great Plains, suddenly must do
without the leading product Zilmax – nicknamed “Vitamin Z.”

Merck & Co’s announcement on Friday that it was
suspending the sale of Zilmax in the United States and Canada
surprised many cattle owners and feedlot operators, who say
Zilmax and other beta-agonists have been a godsend for a
struggling U.S. beef industry that saw overall domestic
consumption fall more than 8 percent between 2002 and 2011.

Aug 16, 2013

Analysis: U.S. retailers say uneven recovery keeps consumers cautious

By Phil Wahba and Lisa Baertlein

(Reuters) – From Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Gap Inc to Macy’s Inc and McDonald’s Corp, chains that cater to middle- and lower-income Americans say they are feeling the pinch of an uneven economic recovery.

A host of retailers have reported tepid sales lately, highlighting the stress that consumers are feeling because of higher payroll taxes, expensive gasoline and a slow job market four years after the U.S. economy started to rebound.

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      "Lisa writes about restaurants and grocery stores. She is based in Los Angeles and previously has covered computer software, Internet companies, video games, prescription drugs and municipal bonds."
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