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Starbucks' President of U.S. Operations Resigns

By: Emily Bryson York on March 03, 2008

CHICAGO (AdAge.com) -- In yet another management shake-up at Starbucks, Launi Skinner, president of the chain's U.S. business, has resigned. According to the company, Ms. Skinner is leaving to spend more time with her family. Ms. Skinner, who was only appointed to the position last July, could not immediately be reached for comment.

McDonald's Posts 12% Rise in February Same-Store Sales

By: Emily Bryson York on March 10, 2008

CHICAGO (AdAge.com) -- McDonald's pulled another rabbit out its hat today -- reporting February same-store sales that clobbered rivals and came in double what analysts had projected.

Recession Batters Plans for New-Product Launches

By: Emily Bryson York on April 28, 2009

CHICAGO (AdAge.com) -- Another sign of a tough economy: a lot fewer new-product introductions. According to Mintel, new food and beverage product launches fell 51% to 2,660 during the first quarter of 2009 compared with the same period a year ago, taking a bite out of potential ad spending.

McDonald's Mary Dillon

By: Emily Bryson York on March 05, 2008

Mary Dillon, McDonald's global chief marketing officer, talks with Ad Age about marketing to kids, Darfur and its Olympic-marketing menu, and other people news in Greater China.

Wrigley, Mars Announce $23 Billion Merger

By: Emily Bryson York on April 28, 2008

CHICAGO (AdAge.com) -- The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. this morning announced it will merge with Mars, the maker of M&M's. The $23 billion deal, if approved, will create one of the world's largest confectionary companies.

Calif. County May Ask Kids to Choose Between Fries and Toys

By: Emily Bryson York on April 28, 2010

CHICAGO (AdAge.com) -- Reasoning with a child, especially when toys are involved, is a tough proposition. But California's Santa Clara County might be about to make it tougher with a proposal that takes on major kids-meal franchises at fast feeders such as McDonald's by banning toy giveaways with meals high in calories and sodium -- a move that could lead to regulation in other places in the country.

McD's Grande Plan: Become Java Giant

By: Emily Bryson York on January 14, 2008

CHICAGO (AdAge.com) -- As little as two months ago, critics scoffed at the idea of high-end coffee drinks succeeding at McDonald's. But that was before Starbucks reported a bad quarter, posted its lowest share price in more than three years and brought back Howard Schultz as CEO. Now, those who laughed off the idea that the Golden Arches could actually take on Starbucks are waking up and smelling the beans.

Disappointing Sales Lead Wendy's to Consider New Hairstyle

By: Emily Bryson York on January 14, 2008

CHICAGO (AdAge.com) -- Wendy's looks ready to flip its wig. The Saatchi & Saatchi campaign has been popular with customers but unpopular with franchisees. Add in disappointing sales results and the December departure of the campaign's champion, Chief Marketing Officer Ian Rowden, and reports are circulating that the $435 million push is being primed for an overhaul.