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McDonald's wins its proxy battle with Carl Icahn in a blowout

All 12 of the company’s nominees won re-election to the board. The investor’s two nominees received about 1% of the vote. Shareholders reportedly approved a measure requesting a civil rights audit.


Inflation taking its toll on some consumers, but not others

The Bottom Line: On Thursday, Macy’s said its consumers were fine, while Burlington said its consumers were not, showing that inflation is first taking its toll on lower-income customers.

The chain’s loyal Wine Club members couldn’t wait to get back to its restaurants last year, helping it to become one of the fastest-growing brands in the country.

The company, which has been shedding locations, wants more drive-thrus, nontraditional locations and bigger franchisees.

The burger chain, which also operates Del Taco, said it is getting traction with efforts to improve profits and recruit and retain more workers, such as self-cleaning shake machines.

A Deeper Dive: Lance Trenary, CEO of Golden Corral, joins the podcast to talk about labor, supply chain and Congress’s failure to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

The company is buying Nestle Toll House Café by Chip and will convert the locations into Great American Cookies.

The Bottom Line: The burger chain tried operating other brands and then sold them to focus on its core brand. But that may not be doing the company any favors on Wall Street.

The four-day event brought us a major focus on robots and other technologies, plant-based meat and strategies to find lost sales. And everything was about efficiency.

The seven-unit salad concept, founded by John Bornoty in 2008, was sold to Jamba franchisee Brent Sheena.

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