Tag Archives: Wendy’s

Wendy’s Size Issue

Wendy’s, the fast food giant based out of Columbus, Ohio, is removing their “Biggie” designation from their drinks. Instead, they are going back to the “small”, “medium” and “large” options. From another article:

Wendy’s International Inc. research shows demand for big drinks, but people were confused by the designation of Biggie and Great Biggie, the former extra-large size, spokesman Denny Lynch said. Switching to a more straightforward small, medium and large sizes made sense, he said.

Instead, they are now re-sizing their drink sizes. A 20 ounce drink is a small, a 32 ounce drink is a medium and the new 42 ounce drink is a large.

I’m wondering if the guys at Wendy’s are perhaps overcompensating for some other shortcomings.

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Wendy’s, Fast Food and Politics

Consumerist recently pointed to a Businessweek article which detailed the politics of shopping. Me, being the somewhat politcal person, took note and read joyfully, at least up until I read this bit that Consumerist folks had also highlighted:

Take Wendy’s, for example. Although the hamburger chain’s PAC has given 93% of its campaign contributions to Republicans over the past five years, it views itself as a “nonpolitical company” that does not take positions on controversial issues, says spokesman Denny Lynch: “We serve customers on both sides of the aisle.”

Uhhh….okay. Let me get this straight. You have your very own Politcal Action Committee (PAC), which has given money to other institutions such as:

  • Every Republican is Crucial PAC
  • Keep our Majority PAC
  • New Republican Majority Fund
  • Promoting Republicans You can Elect PAC

…yet you view yourself as a “nonpolitical company”.

Riiiight….

My response is below:

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Dear Denny Lynch,

You can’t sleep with half the lobbyists of K Street and still claim to be a virgin. – Sorry.

Love,

Kate

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Of course his remarks do answer a long standing question I had when I lived in Columbus (home of Wendy’s International) — I now know what they do with all the cow manure from their slaughtered cattle…They package it up and the Senior Vice President of Communications hands it out to the press.

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McDonalds and Quality

Thanks for those of you who e-mailed me the latest news in the comic opera that is McDonalds and their need to be loved by all.

Yes, putting nutritional information on their wrappers is a good thing.

Yes, McDonalds using organic coffee is an interesting choice, and hopefully indicative of other choices to come.

I’ve even noted the Golden Arches touting their quality, which is all well and good if you don’t realize that “quality” is defined by the company and not by the customers.

But none of this changes the spots on the McDonalds Leopard. They are still a fast food restaurant. All of their low selling yogurt parfaits, and their chemically treated apple slices do not change this fact.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate the food at McDonalds. I don’t choose to eat it, but I also don’t raise my nose at those who do. Choices are everyone’s responsibility afterall.

What I do have a problem with is their denial of who they are. Burger King, Wendy’s and Jack in the Box don’t go out of their way to try to promote how healthy they are. Why? Well because they’re not. In fact, the most press that Burger King has gotten over the past year has come from new products that push the envelope in calories and fat.

My point is not a new one.McDonalds is a fast food restaurant. They should stop trying to pretend otherwise.


Food and Political Contributions

I know that the past election hit some sore spots with various members of the food blogs. And so, I offer the following information to do with as you please.

It’s a list of major corporations and the percentage of their political donations that went to republican candidates or causes.

And in case you were wondering, I went over to Politcal Money Line to find any corporation that gave 80% or more over their political contributions to democrats…and found none.

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Flowers Industries (100%) – food maker, mostly of well-known bakery products like the following bread brands: Flowers, Nature’s Own, Sunbeam, Bunny, Dandee, Cobblestone Mill, Holsum, Mary Jane, Evangeline Maid, and ButterKrust. Flowers also sells snack cakes and pastries under these brands: BlueBird, Mrs. Freshley’s, Bishop’s. Its frozen bakery products are sold under the European Bakers brand.

Outback Steakhouse (96%) – restaurant chainsm, including Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Lee Roy Selmon’s, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Bonefish Grill, Roy’s, Paul Lee’s Chinese Kitchen and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.

Wendy’s International (93%) – fastfood chain including Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, Tim Hortons, Baja Fresh Mexican Grill (with investments in Cafe Express and Pasta Pomodoro).

Darden Restaurants Inc. (90%) – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Smokey Bones BBQ and Grill, Bahama Breeze.

Smithfield Foods Inc. (88%) – food products; Smithfield (hams, deli), Farmfield Foods, Gwaltney, John Morrell & Co., Patrick Cudahy, Cumberland Gap, Krakus Foods, Stefano Foods

Conagra Foods (83%) – ACT II (popcorn), Andale Gourmet, Andy Capp’s snacks, Angela Mia (pasta and sauces), Armour (hot dogs, meats, etc.), Award (side dishes), Banquet (frozen meals), Big Mama Sausage, Blue Bonnet (margerine, spreads), Butterball (turkey products), Chef Boyardee, Chun King (noodles and other Chinese food products), Cook’s Hams, County Line (cheese), Crunch ‘n Munch, Culturelle (food supplement), DAVID (sunflower seeds), Decker (meats), Dennison’s (chili), Eckrich (meats), Egg Beaters (egg substitue), Fernando’s (Mexican entrees), Firecracker (hot sausage), Fleishmann’s (spreads and oils), Gebhart (texmex), Gilardi Foods (Italian foods), Golden Cuisine (senior meals), Gilrot (powders and spices), Gulden’s (mustard), Healthy Choice (frozen foods and other diet foods), Hunt’s (ketchup and tomato products), Hunt’s Snack Pack (pudding), JSH/J. Hungerford Smith (syrups), Jiffy Pop, Kid Cuisine, Knott’s Berry Farm (jams), La Choy, Lamb Weston (potato products), Libby’s (meats), Life Choice, Lightlife (soy products), Longmont, Louis Kemo Foodservice, Luck’s (beans, etc.), Lunch Makers, MaMa Rosa’s (Italian foods), Manwich, Margherita (Italian meats), Maria Callender’s (frozen dinners), Meridian (shrimp and shellfish), Move Over Butter, Oldham’s Farm, Orville Redenbacher’s, PAM (cooking sprays), Parkay, Patio (tex-mex dinners), Pemmican (jerkies), Penrose (meats), Peter Pan (peanut butter), Ranch Style (beans), Ready Crisp (Armour dinners), Reddi-wip (whipped cream), Ro*Tel (canned tomatos), Rosarita (Mexican meals and products), Singleton (seafood), Slim Jim, Swiss Miss (hot cocoa), Van Camp’s (pork and beans), Webber Farms, Wesson (oils), Wolf Brand (chili), Wolfgang Pucks (meals).

This info was pulled from DailyKos