Posted: July 19, 2018

Chick-fil-A discontinuing Cow Calendar after this year


By Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Chick-fil-A will no longer offer its Cow Calendar to customers after 2018.

The company is instead moving more focus on its mobile app, Chick-fil-A One, which offers deals to customers after a number of purchases are registered through the app.

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“We have made the difficult decision to retire our annual Cow Calendars at the end of 2018,” the company said in FAQs for the calendar on its website. “We will continue our commitment to take care of customers and offer new ways for you to interact with Chick-fil-A, including Chick-fil-A One (app) which will have some exciting updates coming this August. For guests who purchased the calendar as a holiday gift, we will offer new Chick-fil-A gift cards to purchase in restaurants this holiday season.”

Those who have the calendar were notified of its retirement via email, and many took to Twitter to express their disappointment.


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Chick-fil-A discontinuing Cow Calendar after this year

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Chick-fil-A discontinuing Cow Calendar after this year

Chick-fil-A announced July 19 that it is discontinuing its popular Cow Calendars. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Chick-fil-A named Americans’ favorite fast-food restaurant

Forget the Golden Arches of McDonald’s, or the Whopper at Burger King, even the double double of In-N-Out Burger. Chick-fil-A is the tops for those wanting a fast meal.

The chicken chain was named the favorite limited-service restaurant by consumers according to the 2018 American Customer Satisfaction Index’s Restaurant Report, USA Today reported.

Chick-fil-A beat out other restaurants like Panera and Taco Bell based on interviews with 22,500 customers. They were asked about the products, services and satisfaction, USA Today reported. Specifically, those polled gave their ranking on a variety of topics including food quality and restaurant cleanliness, Fortune reported.

Georgia-based Chick-fil-A had a rating of 87 out of a possible 100, Fox Business reported. The company earned $8 billion in revenue in 2016, according to Fox Business.

Rounding out the top 10:

  1. Chick-fil-A
  2. Panera Bread
  3. Papa John’s
  4. Pizza Hut
  5. Subway
  6. Arby’s
  7. Chipolte
  8. Domino’s
  9. Dunkin’ Donuts
  10. Starbucks

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A similar report published by Market Force earlier this year named In-N-Out Burger as No. 1, but the ACSI restaurant report doesn’t include the popular burger chain because it only operates on the West Coast. ACSI only examines fully national chains, Fortune reported.

For full-service restaurants, Texas Roadhouse was the top vote-getter followed by Cracker Barrel, USA Today reported

Top 10 full-service restaurants: 

  1. Texas Roadhouse
  2. Cracker Barrel
  3. LongHorn Steakhouse
  4. Olive Garden
  5. Outback Steakhouse
  6. Red Lobster
  7. Red Robin
  8. TGI Fridays
  9. Applebee’s
  10. Chili’s
Twitter CEO creates controversy with Chick-fil-A tweet

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Twitter CEO creates controversy with Chick-fil-A tweet

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey faced online backlash Saturday when he tweeted a picture of a purchase he made at a Chick-fil-A in Los Angeles. Detractors criticized Dorsey for promoting the Atlanta-based fast food company during LGBT Pride month due to the views expressed by Chick-fil-A’s owner regarding gay marriage.

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Dorsey tweeted a screenshot of a purchase made on his phone Saturday evening, and the Twitter co-founder received a multitude of negative replies, criticizing Dorsey for both eating at the restaurant and for promoting the business.

Chick-fil-A’s CEO, Dan Cathy, said in 2012 Chick-fil-A believed marriage to be between a man and a woman, citing the family’s Christian beliefs. Cathy’s father, Truett Cathy, opened the first Chick-fil-A in Atlanta in 1967.

Chick-fil-A did not immediately respond to a request by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for comment.

Other Twitter users came to the defense of Dorsey and Chick-fil-A, saying there was nothing wrong with eating at the fast food restaurant.

Dorsey appeared to express regret for the decision Saturday, responding to a reply to his original tweet, saying he “completely forgot about (Chick-fil-A’s) background.”

Chick-fil-A, which has 2,100 total locations, made nearly $8 billion in total revenue in 2016. The company averaged $4.4 million of revenue per location in 2016, the highest average sales per unit of an American fast food restaurant, according to QSR Magazine.

California Chick-fil-A raises hourly wages from $12 to $18 

A California Chick-Fil-A owner is raising some employee’s hourly wages to $18 and offering benefits like paid time off to others starting Monday. 

Current employees working as “hospitality professionals” making $12.50 to $13 will see their wages increase to $17 to $18, according to KXTV. Supervisor roles will get paid time off. All employees will get paid sick leave.

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"We're looking for people trying to raise families, improve their lifestyle," owner Eric Mason told KXTV. "The people is the real key component to successful businesses. We're looking for people who are looking for long-term opportunity."

The minimum wage in California is $11 and is increasing 50 cents a year so that it will be $15 by 2022, according to KXTV.

Woman pulls gun during brawl at Chick-fil-A drive-thru and it’s caught on tape

A fight at an Atlanta fast food restaurant drive-thru was caught on video as frightened bystanders watched several women jump out of their cars and begin arguing Wednesday morning, and one of them had a gun.

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Police were called to the Chick-fil-A to help get the situation under control.

"I heard yelling and then I saw some woman waving a gun around," a witness told WSB-TV about the escalating argument.

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A short time later, police said they were called to another dispute.

Investigators said both the suspect and the victim met with police and explained that they had been involved in the altercation at Chick-fil-A.

The suspect with the gun -- who was later identified as 24-year-old Vonshay Redding -- told police she has an ongoing dispute with the victim.

Police at the scene said both women had “visible lacerations.”

A gun matching the description of the weapon used during the dispute at Chick-fil-A was located in the vehicle in which Redding was riding, police said.

Redding was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

The woman who recorded the video told WSB that everyone watching was in shock.

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"It was really jarring," she said. "It just kind of shocked me. It was close in front of me."

Largest Chick-fil-A ever opens in NYC

Fans of fried chicken purveyor Chick-fil-A can now dine at the largest version of the restaurant -- five floors and a rooftop terrace overlooking a view of One World Trade and the city’s financial district. 

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The 12,000-square-foot restaurant, which has 140 seats, two kitchens and a private dining area, opened Thursday, according to Eater. The restaurant is expected to employ about 150 people, according to WABC.

It is the fifth location to open in New York City. This one, like others across the country, will be closed on Sundays.

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Texas drill team's Chick-Fil-A cow dance goes viral

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Texas drill team's Chick-Fil-A cow dance goes viral

A Texas high school drill team brought the “moooves” to the Dallas Grand Finale dance competition Saturday with its hilariously entertaining cow number, complete with costumes and creativity.The Hallsville High School Bobcat Belles dressed as Chick-Fil-A cows and danced to a mash-up of songs including “Proud to be a Cow” from Sesame Street and “Milkshake” by Kelis.The group had the entire gymnasium laughing, said Shelbi Nicole Crawford, who shared a video of the routine on Facebook.Since its posting, the video has garnered more than 12 million views on Facebook alone.

"This dance is more of a chance for them to let loose and have fun," Hallsville dance team instructor Kathryn Calaway told KLTV. In the past, Calaway said, such “novelty dances” have featured dancers dressed up as dinosaurs and grannies.

The Belles’ dance was the highest scoring novelty dance that day at the contest.

The team also won grand champion in the super division for both team and officer dances, plus a sweep in each category entered.

Calaway told KLTV the girls deserve all the attention they’re getting. 

"They're here before everyone else," she said about their work ethic. “I feel honored to work with them."

The Belles are headed to Galveston, Texas, later this month to compete in the Showtime International competition.

Breastfeeding woman asked to leave Chick-Fil-A restaurant

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Breastfeeding woman asked to leave Chick-Fil-A restaurant

A woman was kicked out of a Chick-Fil-A restaurant after she started breast feeding her infant daughter.

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Macy Hornung went to the opening of the restaurant Friday, ordered and ate and then was asked by the manager to leave after she started breastfeeding without a cover, according to the West Fargo Pioneer.

"The owner came to our table where I was showing no more than the upper portion of my breast, barely more than what was visible in my shirt and asked me to cover,” Hornung wrote on social media. “I tried to explain that I couldn’t, because my baby refuses to be covered and she started harping about the children and men who can see my indecency and I need to cover. I said they could practice the simple art of looking away and tried to cite North Dakota breastfeeding laws. She told me if I chose not to cover, then she would have to ask me to leave, so I told her my review would reflect my experience and I would be relaying the experience in every local mommy group."

Kimberly Flamm, owner and operator of the restaurant, does not deny asking Hornung to leave.

"My goal is to provide a warm and welcoming environment for all of my guests,” Flamm told Valley News Live. “And I sincerely apologize for the way I handled this situation.”

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