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Mar 18, 2015

Kraft issues big Mac & Cheese recall, metal pieces reported

By Ramkumar Iyer and Lisa Baertlein

(Reuters) – Kraft Foods Group Inc said on Monday it
was recalling about 242,000 cases of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
dinners, due to the risk that they may contain small pieces of
metal.

The recall comes at a time when Kraft’s Macaroni & Cheese
products, a staple for generations of American children, face
increasing competition from smaller brands with more natural
ingredients.

Mar 16, 2015

McDonald’s workers claim hazardous conditions in 19 U.S. cities

By Lisa Baertlein

(Reuters) – McDonald’s restaurant workers from 19 U.S. cities said on Monday they have filed 28 health and safety complaints with federal and state regulators, alleging hazardous working conditions that led to severe burns from hot grills and fryer oil.

The complaints opened a new front in a more than two-year-old campaign by workers and unions seeking to roughly double pay to $15 per hour and improve working conditions for U.S. fast-food workers.

Mar 12, 2015

KFC faces pressure after McDonald’s says no antibiotics in chicken

LOS ANGELES/CHICAGO (Reuters) – KFC, the world’s largest chain of fried chicken restaurants, may face pressure from consumer and environmental groups to change how its poultry are raised after McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said it would switch to chicken raised without human antibiotics.

McDonald’s will phase out chicken raised with antibiotics that are important to human health over two years to allay concern that use of the drugs in meat production has exacerbated the rise of deadly “superbugs” that resist treatment, Reuters reported last week. Within days, retailer Costco Wholesale Corp (COST.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) told Reuters it aims to eliminate the sale of chicken and meat raised with human antibiotics.

Mar 12, 2015

Insight – KFC faces pressure after McDonald’s says no antibiotics in chicken

LOS ANGELES/CHICAGO (Reuters) – KFC, the world’s largest chain of fried chicken restaurants, may face pressure from consumer and environmental groups to change how its poultry are raised after McDonald’s Corp said it would switch to chicken raised without human antibiotics.

McDonald’s will phase out chicken raised with antibiotics that are important to human health over two years to allay concern that use of the drugs in meat production has exacerbated the rise of deadly “superbugs” that resist treatment, Reuters reported last week. Within days, retailer Costco Wholesale Corp told Reuters it aims to eliminate the sale of chicken and meat raised with human antibiotics.

Mar 10, 2015

Corrected – Los Angeles water sommelier wants bottled water treated like wine

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – (This March 2, 2015, story was refiled to correct the name of bottled water in 10th paragraph)

Water sommelier Martin Riese has seen the eye-roll and heard it before: “Water tastings? Only in L.A.”

Mar 10, 2015

Los Angeles water sommelier wants bottled water treated like wine

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (Reuters) – Water sommelier Martin
Riese has seen the eye-roll and heard it before: “Water
tastings? Only in L.A.”

Los Angeles, birthplace of many food trends, may prove the
perfect setting for the next phase in Riese’s campaign to make
people think about water in the same way they think about wine.

Mar 9, 2015

McDonald’s vows ‘modern’ makeover amid U.S. sales struggle

By Lisa Baertlein

(Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Monday vowed to remake itself as a “modern, progressive burger company” after aggressive competition from Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Chick-fil-A and myriad “better burger” chains bit into U.S. restaurant sales last month.

February ended the run of former Chief Executive Don Thompson. His short tenure included 2014, when falling profit, revenue and traffic resulted in one of McDonald’s worst years in decades.

Mar 8, 2015

Insight – Chicken growers set to pay price for no-antibiotic McNugget

CHICAGO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp’s decision last week to phase out human antibiotics from its U.S. chicken supply will add to costs of production in a tight-margin business that are likely to be borne mostly by poultry companies.

McDonald’s, whose top chicken suppliers include giant Tyson Foods Inc, has given its producers two years to eradicate all antibiotics used on humans from barns and hatcheries. It’s going to be expensive and may take longer than planned: switching to antibiotic-free chickens could increase on-farm costs by up to 3 percent. Perdue Farms, a supplier with about a third the volume of Tyson, told Reuters it’s taken more than a decade and millions of dollars to make such a change.

Mar 8, 2015

Chicken growers set to pay price for no-antibiotic McNugget

CHICAGO/LOS ANGELES, March 8 (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp’s
decision last week to phase out human antibiotics from
its U.S. chicken supply will add to costs of production in a
tight-margin business that are likely to be borne mostly by
poultry companies.

McDonald’s, whose top chicken suppliers include giant Tyson
Foods Inc, has given its producers two years to
eradicate all antibiotics used on humans from barns and
hatcheries. It’s going to be expensive and may take longer than
planned: switching to antibiotic-free chickens could increase
on-farm costs by up to 3 percent. Perdue Farms, a supplier with
about a third the volume of Tyson, told Reuters it’s taken more
than a decade and millions of dollars to make such a change.

Mar 5, 2015

McDonald’s antibiotic-free move could prompt U.S. chicken squeeze

March 4 (Reuters) – A plan by McDonald’s Corp to
phase out chicken raised with certain kinds of antibiotics at
its 14,000 U.S. restaurants will put additional pressure on an
already-stressed supply chain.

Antibiotic-free chicken currently accounts for a tiny
portion of total U.S. supplies, and an increasing desire on the
part of consumers for more “natural” products has meant that
demand sometimes exceeds supply.

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