The results are in: pizza lovers don’t hate Domino’s quite as much as they used to. In fact, since Domino’s introduced its new recipe late last year, people seem to actually like its pizza. This would explain the historic sales increase for the company. Dominos saw its revenue leap 18.4 percent in the first quarter of the year, one of the biggest quarterly jumps ever for a major fast-food chain. The results are even more startling when you consider that the $22 billion pizza-delivery business fell 3 percent overall, according to research firm Technomic. It’s amazing what can happen when you finally make a pizza that doesn’t taste like ketchup-flavored cardboard.
The spy who loved Big Macs. McDonald’s, a beacon of free enterprise, is being accused of running its German operations like a Communist-era police state. A group of franchisees says the burger chain hired a former informant from the East German secret police, the Stasi, to spy on them and dig up dirt. The franchisees say McDonald’s was hoping to uncover violations that would allow it to severe their franchise agreements and take over their stores. The mole allegedly planted by McDonald’s was identified by German newspaper Der Spiegel only as Bernd R. He reportedly began his Stasi career in the 1980s by snitching on soldiers who were stealing fruit. The report claims that McDonald’s has rewarded their local spymaster for his hard work by being put in charge of three corporate-run restaurants.
Artery-clogging aromatherapy. Can’t get enough of that greasy burger smell? Well, White Castle is now selling scented candles that emit the distinct odor of its signature Slider burgers. But before you praise White Castle for being wildly original, you have to give credit to Burger King, which really pioneered this whole grilled meat scent phenomenon. It was about a year ago when BK launched its burger-scented body spray called Flame by BK. White Castle, for its part, hired renowned fragrance designer Laura Slatkin – who has developed fragrances for the likes of Vera Wang, Princess Diana, and Elton John – to design its candles. At $10 a pop, the candles are far pricier than an actual slider. But at least proceeds go to a good cause, autism advocacy group Autism Speaks.