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The drama at America's largest fast-food chain is far from over. Amid swirling rumors of a possible sale and growing public discord between franchisees and management, a group of more than 100 anonymous Subway operators on Monday published an open letter to one of the company's owners. Their message, however, appears to have fallen on deaf ears.The appeal to Elisabeth DeLuca, one of the main shareholders at Subway and the widow of founder Fred DeLuca, is part of a public plea by disgruntled franchisees who allege that their operating problems go largely ignored by the company. In fact, some claim that their attempts to communicate with CEO John Chidsey have been completely unreciprocated. (RELATED: This Once Fast-Growing Burger Chain Is Close to Disappearing)In the letter, the operators outline several accusations at the expense of Subway's management, including that they aren't allowed to upgrade the quality of their ingredients, while their signed franchise agreements can be changed by the company at any moment, without notice. The letter also alleges that Subway forced franchisees into money-losing decisions—like opening new locations right next to existing ones—and even recruited competitors to put some out of business, a claim which was confirmed by one of Subway's inspectors in 2019.The letter includes requests for more autonomy in procuring ingredients and leasing their restaurant spaces, and fairer franchise agreements. Also, in the event of the chain's sale, they are asking for 8% of the profits "as a sign of good faith for all the turmoil and heartache that we have endured throughout Subway's 40-plus-year history."Subway denied to Eat This, Not That! that it was readying itself for a sale, saying in a statement that the open letter was not representative of most of its franchisees."This letter is not representative of the opinions of the vast majority of our dedicated franchisee network. Subway is committed to the long-term success of our franchisees and provides multiple forums for franchisees to share feedback, working hand-in-hand with them to ensure decisions are focused on maximizing their profitability," the chain said. "There are many exciting announcements—ranging from menu enhancements to digital upgrades and new delivery options—on the horizon, and we look forward to sharing these with you in the coming weeks. Subway is not for sale."But according to a pair of sources behind the letter who spoke to Eat This, Not That!, the response they are hoping to receive—one from Mrs. DeLuca herself—hasn't yet materialized, and frustration is mounting. Their group of more than 100 operators has now purportedly grown to include more than 200 operators representing more than 500 stores.One of them, a long-term operator of several dozen stores who requested anonymity over concerns of retaliation, acknowledged that problems existed at Subway prior to Mr. DeLuca's death. However, the chain's founder had almost exclusive authority, making it easier to see issues resolved. But Mr. DeLuca seemingly didn't put in place plans for a successor, and the sandwich empire he built from the ground up was left without a true leader after his death in 2015.According to the operator, none of the company's interim CEOs, Mr. Chidsey included, have had enough power to truly affect change. This prompted the group of franchisees to turn to Mrs. DeLuca, the majority owner alongside Dr. Peter Buck, the second original founder. While she has never been involved in the business of Subway, she may be the only individual with any power to do something."The owners are hands-off but own the whole business," the operator said. "It's time for them to take some responsibility."For more on fast-food news, check out the 5 Shortages Affecting Fast-Food Chains Right Now. And don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get all of the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
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If you'll be apart, try shipping one of these sweet treats. There are so many great ways to celebrate Mom on Mother's Day: You can make her breakfast in bed, craft a DIY gift for her, or send her a card with a thoughtful message. Any one of these delicious recipe ideas for Mother's Day desserts is sure to end her day on a high note.
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Microwaves sure are convenient when it comes to heating up your food. You pop in your container or plate, let it heat up for a couple of minutes, and voila! Your food is ready. Or…is it? How many times have you gone to heat up a plate of food, only to find out that the food is still cold in the center? If this has happened to you while microwaving your meals, then you should be aware of the one major side effect of eating microwave meals, because if your food isn't heated through all of the way it could cause some serious issues with your health.What is this one major side effect? If your food isn't fully heated through the center, you are at a higher risk of developing a foodborne illness. Here's how this can happen if you're regularly eating microwave meals, and for even more healthy eating tips, be sure to read up on our list of The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.First, let's look at your typical container of leftovers. Even if your food was fully cooked before, there is always the possibility of cross-contamination if you're reheating a meal. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, cross-contamination can happen simply from the container you put your food in, maybe drippings that happen from a utensil you've used that has been contaminated, or surfaces of your kitchen that have been contaminated that you touched before touching the food.However, if you are heating up your food entirely and keeping the food properly refrigerated or frozen before doing so, you are essentially killing the bacteria which reduces (practically eliminates) your risk of developing a foodborne illness.Now is this true for your favorite healthy pre-packed frozen dinners? While your frozen dinners are neatly packaged and sealed for cleanliness, that doesn't always confirm that you are safe when heating up your food. Making sure your food is fully cooked through before eating anything is massively important for your health. The last thing you want to do is bite into a slightly cold piece of chicken!How does this happen? Unlike a gas stove where the heat comes from below, microwaves heat up food from the side. That's why your food is warm on the outer rims of your dish, but not as warm at the center.In order to ensure that your food is reaching high enough of a temperature when microwaving, make sure to stir the meal after heating it up in the microwave to ensure that it's fully heated through before diving into your dinner. Sometimes even stirring up your food or flipping that piece of meat halfway through warming it up can help ensure that every part of your meal is evenly heated before eating.While the possibility of food-borne illness is one of the major side effects of eating microwave meals that clearly aren't heated through all the way, there are a few other Dangerous Side Effects of Eating Microwaved Meals you probably need to know about!
Boston Market is raising the bar on fast-casual desserts with a newly launched line of seven sweet menu items. "You won't find desserts this good anywhere else. I dare you to stop at eating just one," said Randy Miller, the chain's president, in a press release.The new dessert line includes several single-serving sweets, as well as larger shareable indulgences. Here's what's on offer.RELATED: 8 Healthiest Fast-Food Desserts, According to an RDSingle-Serving DessertsTriple Chocolate Chip Cookie: Fresh chocolate chunk cookie dough, generously topped with Hershey's Mini Kisses, semi-sweet chocolate chunks, and milk chocolate chunks.Lemon Blueberry Cookie: The natural lemon flavor makes this cookie both tart and refreshing while dried wild blueberries contribute a sweet note.Chocolate Brownie: Traditional chocolate decadence with chocolate chips throughout and striped on top.Chocolate Cake: Rich, moist chocolate cake covered in chocolate icing and sprinkled with rich chocolate chunks.Lemon Italian Crème Cake: Cream cake filled with lemon cream and topped with vanilla cake crumbs.Sharable DessertsVanilla Bean Caramel Cheesecake: Vanilla bean cheesecake baked on a graham cracker crust and topped with caramel and crème topping.Salted Caramel Lava Cake: Moist cake with a warm, salty caramel lava filling.You can find all of these desserts at Boston Market's 350 locations nationwide. For more on fast-food news, check out Taco Bell's New Plant-Based Meat Is Here, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
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Taco Bell is slowly but surely making good on their promise to expand vegetarian menu options this year. After reinstituting potatoes, which are a popular vegetarian substitution for protein in their items, the chain is already testing their new plant-based protein which was announced as being in development earlier this year.According to a press release, the chain's first proprietary plant-based protein is a boldly spiced concoction made from a blend of peas and chickpeas, which is currently being tested in a new Cravetarian Taco (which rhymes with "vegetarian"). The taco itself is similar to the Crunchy Taco Supreme and includes shredded cheddar cheese, crisp lettuce, diced tomatoes, and reduced-fat sour cream, served in a crunchy corn shell. So now even vegetarians can enjoy Taco Bell's classic items without sacrificing any of that signature flavor. Not to mention, this option is about 10 calories lighter than the one including beef.RELATED: Taco Bell Is Making This Big Move With Its Sauce PacketsAnd vegans can rejoice as well—the new protein is certified vegan by the American Vegetarian Association, which opens up a whole new world of options for vegan menu customizations.The only negative side is that the new plant-based protein and the Cravetarian Taco are currently only being tested at a single Taco Bell location in Tustin, Calif., and will be gone after April 29. But rest assured, the chain will likely roll the new vegan protein nationwide soon enough. For more on Taco Bell's menu, check out The Best&Worst Menu Items at Taco Bell, According to an RD, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.