Few chief executives know the dangers of Brexit like Annette King. Not only is the UK boss of ad behemoth Publicis dealing with the impact on clients’ marketing budgets, but back in her native Swindon, her brother is about to lose his job at the Honda plant. He will be one of the 3000 to go when the Japanese carmaker closes the factory. “That brought Brexit home to me. My only brother is going to lose his job just as he hits 50,” she says. Before I can interject that Honda might have gone even if the country hadn’t voted Leave, she shoots a piercing look and says: “You are mad if you would think they’d have made that decision if it weren’t for Brexit.” That Paddington stare is one you get to know quickly with King: say something a bit dim or not in line with her worldview, and the beady brown eyes fix you like a blackbird sizing up a worm. As one who knows her puts it: “She’s tough. She doesn’t do bullshit.” … [Read more...] about Business interview: Ad queen Annette King on escaping Sorrell’s shadow
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McDonald’s rolled out its latest breakfast menu item, the McCafé “Doughnut Sticks,” nationwide on Wednesday, February 20. The fried, sugary treats immediately drew comparisons to Dunkin’s since-discontinued “Doughnut Fries” and Burger King’s “Funnel Cake Fries.” I got my hands on McDonald’s Doughnut Sticks and put them to the test against Burger King‘s version of the sweet treat. I thought both snacks were perfect for those who love carnival foods like fried Oreos and zeppoles, but, in my opinion, the Doughnut Sticks are a bit too heavy to qualify as a breakfast food. I also thought both fast-food items could have used a dipping sauce. With its latest breakfast addition, McDonald’s is hoping to make mornings a little sweeter. On Wednesday, February 20, the chain rolled out “Doughnut Sticks” nationwide. McDonald’s is offering the sugary, fried treats through its McCafé brand and … [Read more...] about How McDonald’s new Doughnut Sticks stack up next to Burger King’s Funnel Cake Fries
Islington is one of London's foodie hotspots - with a selection of delicious restaurants to visit on a night out. There is ample cuisine to choose from, all served-up by some wonderful establishments, notably of the Middle Eastern variety.. Whether it is a romantic date, celebration, family time or wanting to chow down and chill out, there is a place ready for everyone. To help you choose your ideal place, we have chosen some vibrant Middle Eastern food joints that may tickle your cultural taste buds in Islington. Here are six restaurants serving delicious Middle Eastern cuisine for you to explore. Be prepared to become very, very hungry. Baba-Boom This place cleverly blends together the flavours of the Middle East with British produce, and the consequences are spectaular. The broad menu includes chargrilled kebabs, smaller eats, desserts, gluten free options and speciality dishes designed for juniors. The 'BoomBox' is an absolute steal at £8.75. The dish is under a cool 500 … [Read more...] about 6 delicious Middle Eastern restaurants to explore in Islington
Worry about what McDonald’s is doing with fresh beef? If only Daniel Schwartz, the CEO of Restaurant Brands International, which owns Burger King, had a spare minute to give it serious thought. Since Schwartz, 38, became CEO of Restaurant Brands (QSR), also the parent of Popeyes and Tim Horton’s, in December 2014, he’s been traveling the world to ensure things are up to snuff at the company’s more than 24,000 restaurants. Schwartz’s freakish work pace and the long-term mindset of private-equity firm and major shareholder 3G Capital (Schwartz joined 3G Capital in 2005 and managed its private equity arm until 2010; the firm holds 43% of RBI’s voting power) has mostly paid off for Restaurant Brands. The company has focused on opening new restaurants at an aggressive pace and controlling costs. Shares have gained about 66% since Schwartz took the top job, outperforming the S&P 500’s 44% increase for the same … [Read more...] about Burger King CEO has plans to take the chain to new heights
A cryptic missive went out Last spring to all 3.6 million people who follow McDonald’s on Twitter. The tweet read, simply: “100% Fresh Beef + John Goodman = ASMR(ish)” and included a link to a video. In the split-screen clip, the Big Lebowski and Roseanne star stares into the camera and—somewhat unnervingly—whispers a carnal ode to the fast-food giant’s Quarter Pounder burger, accompanied by the sounds and visuals of an appetizing-looking patty sizzling on the grill. “Hey, you,” Goodman murmurs intently. “McDonald’s new fresh-beef Quarter Pounder is hotter and juicier. It’ll leave you speech-less. I can almost feel that juice sizzling. . . . Oh baby, the melted cheese is hugging every corner of that grilled patty. . . . That cheese is so hot, so melty.” ASMR videos, named for autonomous sensory meridian response, typically star carefully primped young women tapping on objects and whispering into high-end … [Read more...] about The inside story of how McDonald’s innovated the Quarter Pounder as part of a larger company refresh.