For Burger King, less is more

MIAMI – Call it the crinkle-cut crowning achievement of Burger King Worldwide’s third quarter. The September launch of Satisfries, better-for-you french fries with less fat and fewer calories than the competitor’s product, was considered a “major milestone” for the fast-food chain, the company said. “First, french fry sales have been declining across the industry for…

Corn, soybean harvests closing in on five-year averages

WASHINGTON — Despite a cool, wet planting season that included delays, the pace of the 2013 soybean and corn harvests was on track with current five-year averages, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest Crop Progress data reported for the week that ended Oct. 27. The U.S.D.A. pegged the soybean crop at 77% harvested in the…

Burger King satisfied with strong quarter

MIAMI — The launches of better-for-you Satisfries and a value burger topped with french fries helped drive traffic for Burger King Worldwide during the third quarter, but U.S. and Canada comparable sales declined 0.3% on soft consumer spending and continued competitive headwinds. For the three months ended Sept. 30, net income rose sharply to $68,200,000,…

McDonald’s splits with Heinz

OAK BROOK, ILL. — McDonald’s Corp. has announced plans to end its 40-year relationship with supplier H.J. Heinz Co. following recent management changes at the ketchup company that hit too close to the Home of the Whopper. Bernardo Hees, previously chief executive officer at fast-food rival Burger King Worldwide Inc., stepped in to the same…

Saturated fat reduction a focus in the U.K.

LONDON — Leading food companies in the United Kingdom have signed onto a “responsibility deal” and are working with the country’s Department of Health to reduce the amount of saturated fats in food products. Companies that have signed a voluntary agreement include Mondelēz International, Nestle, and Unilever, as well as such retailers as Aldi, Subway,…