Katie Little, NBR, CNBC.com’s Posts

Fast food giant McDonald’s has quietly made a change to one its most popular items: the Quarter Pounder. The sandwich now defies burger math and includes 4.25 ounces of beef, slightly more than its former size of 4 ounces before cooking. No word on how much the beef shrinks after hitting the grill, but the …

Not even social media enthusiasm for Chicken Selects could save the popular snack. (Tweet this) Fast food giant McDonald’s does not plan to make Selects a permanent menu item, it confirmed in an email to CNBC. “[S]ome markets are opting to extend the offer longer, but there are no current plans to add them to …

Looking for a new spin on the familiar waffle cone? On April 20, Ben & Jerry’s is rolling out another way for customers to eat ice cream, called the BRRR-ito. (Tweet this) The new dish consists of two scoops of ice cream wrapped in a crepe, topped with crumbled cookie and drizzled with chocolate fudge. …

Even McDonald’s franchisees are not “lovin’” it, according to a new survey from Janney Capital Markets (Tweet This). Franchise respondents rated the chain’s six-month outlook for its domestic business more negatively than at any time in Janney’s 11-year survey history. The group, which represents about 215 U.S. locations, also reported an extremely strained relationship with …

People food is the new dog food. One of every six American households orders fast food for a dog during at least some of their drive-thru or take-out visits, according to a new survey by marketing research firm Relevation Research. About one-third of dog owners report going through the drive-thru with their canines while about …

Fast food giant McDonald’s is betting on premium burgers and launching a new sandwich made with 100 percent sirloin, according to industry sources. The burger is a limited-time offering weighing in at one-third of a pound that will roll out nationally by summer with a recommended price of $4.99, according to one franchisee’s director of …

Members of a group fighting for $15 hourly wages have filed a series of complaints against McDonald’s alleging work conditions at the fast food giant are hazardous. The workers announced Monday they filed 28 health and safety complaints in 19 cities at both corporate and franchised locations. The complaints, filed with both federal and state …

Burger chain Shake Shack reported revenue and earnings that topped Wall Street’s estimates in its first quarterly report as a public company Wednesday, but warned a key industry metric would slow. When the company reported Wednesday after the bell, it was not immediately clear how the company’s loss compared to estimates. Shares traded roughly 4 …

Kale, flax, Greek yogurt—some of fast food’s latest creations have all the makings of an aisle at your local Whole Foods Market. To adapt to shifting customer tastes, restaurant giants are debuting foods that a decade ago would have been more likely relegated to a natural foods market than advertised next to the dollar menu. …

McDonald’s will debut kale as an ingredient in the not-too distant future as the fast-food giant continues its efforts to adapt to changing consumer preferences, according to a recent note from Janney Capital Markets. “Possibilities include kale for use in salads, or perhaps a kale smoothie,” wrote Janney analysts in a note to clients. “More …

Former AIG CEO and President Robert “Bob” Benmosche died Friday at NYU Langone Medical Center. He was 70 and had undergone treatment for lung cancer since 2010. “We announce this news with profound sadness, and our thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s family at this difficult time,” Chairman Robert S. Miller said in a statement. …

LeBron James threw a jab at McDonald’s, which is a problem because the fast food giant has an endorsement deal with the basketball superstar, Cleveland.com reports. Someone asked how old he was when he starting being serious about weight lifting. “Umm, 24. I ate McDonald’s my first couple years in the NBA,” he said. “I …

Wal-Mart will give a half-million employees pay raises, the discount retail giant said Thursday as it announced a mixed quarterly earnings report. Hourly workers will earn at least $1.75 above the current federal minimum wage, or $9 per hour, in April. By next February, it will rise to at least $10 per hour. Some jurisdictions …

Valentine’s Day. Singles Awareness Day—call it what you want, but come Saturday, one thing is for sure: many people mark the day with food. GrubHub crunched its data from last year and found a noticeable change in what diners order alone, and what pairs of diners order for takeout and delivery, compared to what’s ordered …

Touchdown, Pizza Hut. The Yum Brands-owned pizza chain eclipsed its sales record for its biggest digital sales day ever Sunday. “By halftime, the world’s largest pizza company surpassed last year’s sales figure, ultimately surpassing well over $10 (million) in digital sales,” Doug Terfehr, a spokesman for the chain, said in an email. This year’s Super …