Fast Food

2:20pm

Tue April 22, 2014
The Salt

Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 7:09 am

According to a new report, YUM! (owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) compensated its CEO $22 million in 2013.
Paul Sakuma AP

At a time when fast-food workers make an average of about $9 an hour, what are the chief executives bringing home?

According to a new report, YUM! (owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) compensated its CEO $22 million in 2013.

Chipotle's CEO took home $13.8 million in total compensation. And McDonald's CEO compensation totaled $7.7 million. (Compensation includes salary, bonus and the value of exercised options.)

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12:49pm

Mon March 31, 2014
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The Waffle Taco From Taco Bell

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 12:05 pm

Taco and waffle go together even better than Terry Gross and Gene Simmons.
NPR

For most people, the morning goes like this: Wake up, take a shower and wait six hours in painful agony until it's an appropriate time to eat Taco Bell.

But, finally, times have changed: Taco Bell has introduced a breakfast menu. The centerpiece is unquestionably The Waffle Taco.

Peter: I was driving in after picking them up, and I was terrified of getting in a fatal car crash. "Local radio host found dead next to bag of four Taco Bell Waffle Tacos."

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10:45am

Tue March 25, 2014
The Salt

Food Giants Want 'Sustainable' Beef. But What Does That Mean?

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 1:07 pm

Customers order food from a McDonald's restaurant in Des Plaines, Ill. The company has promised to start buying "verified sustainable beef" in 2016.
Scott Olson Getty Images

McDonald's made a big green splash a few months ago by announcing that it will start buying "verified sustainable" beef in 2016.

A chorus of voices responded, "What's 'verified sustainable' beef?"

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12:05pm

Mon March 17, 2014
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The Subway Flatizza

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 2:40 pm

"Flatizza" is not to be confused with "Flatzilla," the two-dimensional lizard monster.
NPR

Whether it's James Franco writing novels or Pablo Picasso scrapbooking, all great artists move outside their medium. Subway has recently been experimenting with pizzas. The latest is the Flatizza, which is a combination of "flatbread" and "pizza," and is also embarrassing to say when you have to order one.

Mike: Subway pizza is a tough sell. "Five-dollar foot-wide" feels wrong.

Miles: I just don't understand why Subway demands we wash down the Flatizza with a FlatSoda.

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1:22pm

Fri March 14, 2014
The Salt

See More, Eat More: The Geography Of Fast Food

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 3:16 pm

The density of fast-food joints where we live, work and commute could be a problem for our waistlines.
David McNew Getty Images

When it comes to avoiding unhealthy food, it might be that out of sight means out of mind.

The more fast-food joints people encounter around their homes and workplaces, the likelier they are to be obese, according to a study published Thursday.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge found that the people who are most exposed to fast food were almost twice as likely to be obese as those who were least exposed.

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