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McDonald’s pledges to spend £79m on British potatoes

The potato industry is to get a £9m boost after McDonald’s UK said 100% of its French fries are now made from British potatoes. About 87% of the company’s fries were made from British potatoes last year, totalling about £70m and the move to 100% British represents an additional £9m. The fast-food giant’s hash browns and potato rosti are now 100% British as well,[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s hopes to hold on to its UK market success with push to promote the quality of its food

McDonald’s is continuing to invest heavily in dispelling myths over the quality of its food with another instalment in its advertising series intended to instil trust in the brand while helping to maintain its success in the UK market. The ad campaign, developed by Leo Burnett London and OMD UK, follows on from the myth busting approach adopted in ‘The[Read[Read More…]

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About McDonald’s

McDonald’s has long been a premiere American brand and a global force. Changes under the golden arches, like the gradual rise in prices, are readily apparent to consumers. It’s what you didn’t know about this company’s rich and colorful history that will surprise you. With more than 35,000 restaurants in over 100 countries, the fast food king is bigger than[Read[Read More…]

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About McDonald’s

McDonald’s has long been a premiere American brand and a global force. Changes under the golden arches, like the gradual rise in prices, are readily apparent to consumers. It’s what you didn’t know about this company’s rich and colorful history that will surprise you. With more than 35,000 restaurants in over 100 countries, the fast food king is bigger than[Read[Read More…]

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New fully automated french fry vending machine developed in Wageningen

Dutch start-up Caenator, in collaboration with StartLife and Wageningen University & Research Centre, presented a new fully automatic french fry vending machine. On 2 September, in the Restaurant of the Future on the Wageningen Campus, the President of the Executive Board of Wageningen UR, prof. Louise Fresco, tried the first portion of fries from the machine. By doing so, she[Read[Read More…]

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UK: McCain brings out new quick-bake jacket potatoes

McCain Foods has brought out its new Signatures Jackets which have been developed in response to research showing customers want great tasting, filling and healthy value-for-money options. The jacket potatoes can be baked in under 15 minutes to help the time-consuming task of making them from scratch. The new potatoes also guarantee consistent sizes and help reduce waste, and can be made[Read[Read More…]

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Will Potato Chips Become Extinct in Europe?

Craving something greasy from the vending machine? If one World Health Organization (WHO) adviser has his way, you won’t be able to get your hands on those salty snacks too much longer—at least in Europe. Francesco Cappuccio, M.D., professor of Cardiovascular Medicine & Epidemiology at the University of Warwick Medical School has spent 30 years researching the diets of populations[Read[Read More…]

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Promoting spud consumption in China

In China, the government has launched an “eat more potatoes” campaign – and Washington state could benefit as a result. Crops like rice and wheat, the Chinese staples, are far more water-intensive than the low-maintenance potato. Even though China grows a quarter of the world’s potatoes, the Chinese frown on tubers. Spuds have traditionally been viewed as a poor man’s food,[Read[Read More…]

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New UK shop serves only potato chip sandwiches

After Belfast, a second shop serving sandwiches stuffed with potato chips — or crisps, as the Brits would say — has opened for junk food junkies. Mr. Crisp opened in Keighley, West Yorkshire in northern England this week, where customers can choose from 50 varieties of chip and crisp flavours and a selection of conveyor buns such as white or brown[Read[Read More…]

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Burger King is winning burger wars thanks to chicken fries

Maybe life at McDonald’s would be less depressing if it had invented chicken fries. New menu items launched by McDonald’s (MCD) have so far failed to stop its sales from shrinking. But they are really doing the trick at Burger King, which released new numbers on Monday that show the fast food chain is growing at an impressive pace. The[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s promotions, new menu items fail to jolt U.S. sales

Sales at McDonald’s U.S. stores slipped again in the second quarter, as efforts to generate business with new featured menu items and promotions failed to lift traffic at the fast-food operator’s restaurants. The burger chain, which is facing pressure as more consumers defect for rival chains such as Chipotle, reported same-store sales for the second quarter dropped 2% in the[Read[Read More…]

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McCain Hellas: An economic crisis never seen before in Greece

Georges Ghonos, the managing director of McCain Hellas, the Greek division of Canada’s McCain Foods, is a pickpocket’s dream. His black, leather wallet is as thick as a hockey puck. That’s because it is stuffed with €1,200 ($1,670) in cash. “The banks are shut and I need to give some cash to my wife so she can get to the island,”[Read[Read More…]

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Fancy this: French fries are going fancier…

With fast-food companies today emphasizing the use of locally-sourced vegetables and continuing to refine menus to include healthier alternatives, the new desire to market fancier french fries may seem puzzling. But, in fact, it’s rather straightforward — the french fry is often a go-to profit machine. More You are unauthorized to view this page.

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How McDonald’s is changing its food: One small tweak at a time

Shortly after becoming CEO at McDonald’s, Steve Easterbrook told investors, “We intend to make meaningful impact with customers and how they perceive our brand and our food.” Yet little was said about what, exactly, Easterbrook had in mind beyond the broadly described goal of being a “modern, progressive burger company.” In the months since, clues about what McDonald’s executives are planning[Read[Read More…]

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On farm-vertising: How fast-food chains have gone small to sell big

Modern markets have found that we like to know we can trace our grocery-store buys back to a human being and a specific, even though we know little more about them than their names. Call it farm-vertising. These ads promise to demonstrate that fast food isn’t the product of a global industrial complex shipping food in to a central processing kitchen and[Read[Read More…]

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Two of the biggest things happening to the simple fast food french fry

Who knew the ordinary fast food French fry could become so fancy? That’s exactly what’s happening, though, as several fast-food companies search for an easy way to serve up better profits this summer. Suddenly, the French fry is being used as a base for crispy bacon and gooey cheese sauce toppings, or something on which to sprinkle artificial powdered flavors.[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s to shrink in US, 1st time in decades

The burger chain that put “supersize” into the American vernacular is slimming down: For the first time in more than 40 years, and perhaps ever, McDonald’s says the number of U.S. restaurants it has is shrinking. McDonald’s plans to close more restaurants in the U.S. than it opens this year, according to the world’s biggest hamburger chain. That hasn’t happened[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s ‘customizes’ its fries

McDonald’s is trying Shakin’ Flavor Fries again, but this time with a new positioning that’s in line with its Create Your Taste platform and with millennials’ affinity for DIY dining. Shakin’ Flavor Fries now have their own webpage on the McDonald’s USA site–suggesting a wider rollout is likely soon – and a new pitch: “Customize Our World Famous Fries With Your[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s diners are still staying away in droves

The world’s largest restaurant chain has reported another month of poor U.S. sales. The much hoped for McDonald’s turnaround can’t come soon enough. The struggling hamburger chain reported that comparable sales in its biggest market, the United States, fell 2.2% in May, much worse than the 1.7% Wall Street analysts were anticipating, according to Consensus Metrix. This is the last[Read[Read More…]

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Potato Corner to open 60 stores in the Philippines, 10 in Indonesia

Flavored french fries retailer Potato Corner is planning to expand its operations by opening 60 new stores in the country and setting up 10 new stores overseas this year. Potato Corner chief executive officer Jose Magsaysay Jr. told reporters the brand is planning to expand its business by opening stores in the country and overseas. Amid strong demand in the country, 60[Read[Read More…]

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Cutting-edge science proves chips are addictive

There are certain foods that we really, really like. In fact, they are clinically addictive. The U.S. National Institute on Drug Addiction has produced a report detailing some groundbreaking discovery of the scientific variety that reveals something we never could have imagined. Potato chips are addictive.Sure, the scientist Mark Messier hypothesized this years ago when he appeared on television with[Read[Read More…]

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US: Minnesotans protesting potato pesticides turned away from McDonald’s meeting

A group of rural Minnesotans hoping to present their concerns about McDonald’s use of potato pesticides were denied entrance to the company’s shareholder meeting Thursday, they said. Kathy Connell, Larry Heitkamp and Amy Mondloch of the Toxic Taters Coalition said in a news release that they had worked with a McDonald’s shareholder to enter the meeting, but McDonald’s security turned them[Read[Read More…]

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