In our new series, Fast Food Scramble, Youth Radio reporters partnered with NPR’s Sonari Glinton to capture stories about today’s fast food market — everything from companies using emojis to help sell tacos to teens, to the disappearing $5 meal, to seventh graders cooking up profits for their school by selling pre-prepared meals online.
By: Natalie Bettendorf
Not so long ago, takeout meant cheap, quick, greasy meals. But today, younger consumers say they want a different kind of fast food — fresh, healthy and, if possible, connected to community. In Berkeley, California, one startup is putting the future of fast food into the hands of less than conventional cooks, including a middle school garden program.
By: NPR’s Sonari Glinton & Billy Cruz
Teens love fast food. But they hate listening to adults. That’s a real problem if you’re a modern fast food company. Many are trying their hand at social media to reach teens…with mixed success.
What’s for Dinner?
By: NPR’s Sonari Glinton
Eighty percent of Americans say they don’t know what they’re having for dinner at 4 p.m. This is creating opportunities and challenges for fast food and fast casual restaurants, supermarkets and even drug store chains.