Twitter CEO Put on Blast for Eating Chick-fil-A During Pride Month

Twitter CEO Put on Blast for Eating Chick-fil-A During Pride Month

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is dealing with a PR nightmare and major backlash from users on his social networking service after he tweeted this weekend about saving money with "boost" while eating at Chick-fil-A.

Dorsey, also the CEO of Square, got a "boost" as part of a cash-back reward from using the payment platform. 

Users were quick to point out that the Chick-fil-A shout-out was insensitive considering it is Gay Pride month. 

"This is an interesting company to boost during Pride month, @jack," tweeted Soledad O'Brien, "CNN" anchor.  

Dorsey responded to O'Brien tweeting "You're right. Completely forgot about their background." 

While the CEO received a plethora of tweets criticising his tweet like "You must love the taste of bigotry!" and "Why is Twitter boosting a notoriously anti-gay company during #PrideMonth?," other users came to the defense of the CEO.

"Don't give in to these people and their complaints. I'm gay and I LOVE ChickfilA. Ridiculous. Go on and eat that ChickfilA and post as much as you want about it!" tweeted a user in response. 

The controversy proves that Chick-fil-A has yet to recover from the anti-gay statements made in the past.

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Industry Leaders on the Move: Todd Penegor Takes Over Wendy’s CEO Role

Industry Leaders on the Move: Todd Penegor Takes Over Wendy’s CEO Role

By Kerri Adams, Editor-at-Large

Former CEO of Wendy’s, Emil Brolick has retired leaving the current president, Todd Penegor to assume the position.

Late last year, Brolick announced that he intended to retire. Since then, he has been working with Penegor to transition his roles over.

Penegor will now be leading the senior leadership team, who he is well acquainted with. He has served as Chief Financial Officer since 2013. The CFO responsibilities will be transitioned to Gunther Plosch, who recently join the company this month.

Another leader on the move at the brand is Bob Wright, who is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. He will now also be in charge of the International division.

"The transition of CEO duties from Emil Brolick to Todd Penegor has been seamless, as expected," said Nelson Peltz, Chairman of the Board of Directors in a press release. "Todd's strong leadership, operational expertise and great passion for Wendy's® will benefit the brand and all of Wendy's stakeholders. We are also very grateful for Emil's many contributions and his efforts to ensure that he retired with an excellent successor in place, and a highly capable senior leadership team."

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Taco Bell Channels the Fast Casual Atmosphere with Re-design

Taco Bell Channels the Fast Casual Atmosphere with Re-design

By Kerri Adams, Editor-at-Large

Say goodbye to Taco Bell’s pink and purple signature look! The brand recently announced that it’s time for a brand refresh.

The quick-serve mogul plans to open 2,000 new stores by 2020, 200 of which will be in urban areas. All the estimated stores will feature one of the four new restaurant designs.

“Building new restaurants is a key component to the overall growth and evolution of Taco Bell,” said Brian Niccol, Chief Executive Officer at Taco Bell Corp in a recent press release. “Great design, Great Food and Great Economics is at the heart of our growth.”

A Whole New Taco Bell

The stores with the fresher look will initially be opened in Orange County, California. Each of the four designs have their own theme that will reflect the communities of where they are located.

Here’s the lowdown of each design:

  1. The “Modern Explorer” will portray a rustic style and is a more elevated version of the chain’s “Cantina Explorer” restaurants. The focus of this design is to offer the customer with more transparency about where the food is coming from.
  2. The “Heritage” design is inspired by the chain’s original Mexican culinary roots. It will mimic the brand’s initial look in the Mission Revival-style. These stores will feature warm white walls and more classic/natural materials (no more plastic.)
  3. The “California Sol” stores are inspired by the California lifestyle. It will offer a “laid-back beach” feel with seating inside and outside.
  4. The “Urban Edge” store look will represent an urban culture with both international and street style.

Each of these styles are channeling the fast casual atmosphere and are drastically different than the current stores of the chain.

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Major QSR Brands Jump on Mobile Payments

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Quick-service is getting even quicker — and more convenient. Major brands in the fast food segment, including McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s, are flirting with the idea of mobile payments. In fact, going even further, Burger King and Wendy’s both claim to be ready to rollout the feature, and will do so throughout the year, while McDonald’s is still testing the addition in smaller markets.

Customer behavior habits beg for convenience, which has made mobile technology so appealing for restaurateurs to adopt — especially in the fast food sector. But how far are brands willing to go? Burger King has admitted to being open to mobile pre-ordering if the mobile payments feature is successful. And, if this is the framework other QSR brands will follow to stay ahead of the curve, what will this mean for the future fast food model? Read More