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Jack in the Box Drops Toy Premiums [Kid's Meal Toys] (Is Michelle winning?)
Media Post News' Marketing Daily ^ | June 21, 2011

Posted on 06/21/2011 2:35:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Jack in the Box restaurants have stopped offering toy premiums with kids' meals--not in response to local government restrictions or nutrition activists, but because offering toys was limiting its growth, the company told Nation's Restaurant News.

"Our advertising and promotions have focused on the frequent fast-food customer, not children," a company spokesperson told NRN, but "parents were generally not choosing Jack in the Box as a dining destination because of a toy."

The San Diego-based restaurant chain, which as 2,200 restaurants i 19 states, is simultaneously introducing healthier kid-oriented menu items, including a grilled-cheese sandwich on sourdough bread, grilled or crispy chicken strips, and Chiquita apple bites with caramel dipping sauce (as an alternative to French fries).

"We believe that providing these kinds of options is more appealing to a parent than packaging a toy with lower-quality fare," said the spokesperson.

Margo Wootan, nutrition policy director for nutritional advocacy nonprofit the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CPSI), hailed Jack in the Box's decision. McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and Taco Bell should follow suit, rather than continuing to resort to the "discredited" kids' toy marketing tactic. It's "too bad" these chains think that they can't compete on the basis of quality, value, taste or nutrion rather than "luring" familes with toys, she asserted.

Two counties in California--San Francisco and Santa Clara--have passed legislation barring toy premiums with kids' meals that do not meet specific nutrional standards. In addition, CSPI is legally representing a California mother who is suing McDonald's over its use of toys to market to children.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Health/Medicine; Politics
KEYWORDS: economy; fastfood; food; michelleobama
Really? Someone is suing McDonald's over that?!
1 posted on 06/21/2011 2:35:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

from “Human Events”...”Under the rubric of combating childhood obesity, The Federal Trade Commission, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are ordering food producers to retool the amount of sugar, sodium, and fats in their products, particularly those marketed to children. If not, come 2016, the violating manufacturers are forbidden from advertising on television, in video games, or in any other venue that children are drawn to”.


2 posted on 06/21/2011 2:58:53 PM PDT by albie
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To: albie

WEENIES IS AS WEENIES DOES...WATCH THE STOCK PLUMMET...


3 posted on 06/21/2011 3:10:46 PM PDT by flat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

their toys suck anyway


4 posted on 06/21/2011 3:16:20 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Funny but when my kids were young, they'd BEG for me to stop at whatever fast food place had the toy they wanted. Supposedly some of the toys were "collectibles" or so my kids told me (eyes rolling).

Is Jack-in-the-Box going to improve the quality of their food items (without raising their prices) now that they don't have to pay for crappy Chinese toys? We all know the answer to that one!

5 posted on 06/21/2011 3:47:10 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hard to consider JITB a “restaurant.”


6 posted on 06/21/2011 4:11:23 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: albie
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7 posted on 06/21/2011 7:39:34 PM PDT by GR_Jr.
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To: albie
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8 posted on 06/21/2011 7:39:48 PM PDT by GR_Jr.
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