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Analysis: McDonald’s is everywhere, but doesn’t stand for anything

McDonald’s practically invented the concept of fast food. It promised meals that were inexpensive and convenient, that could be eaten on the go and even with one hand while driving. The food wasn’t necessarily healthy, but it didn’t need to be. Now, nearly 70 years after the chain was founded, people everywhere — and Americans in particular — have higher[Read[Read More…]

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Go back to basics, fast, McDonald’s franchisees tell new CEO

McDonald’s franchisees have a fast order for the fast food giant’s new CEO – get back to basics. In interviews franchisees and advisors to restaurant owners say they hope the new chief will clean up a huge menu to focus on burgers and fries. The world’s largest fast-food chain, with more than 36,000 restaurants around the globe, is struggling to[Read[Read More…]

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Australia: Hot chip vending machines set for national release this year

A Perth-based company says it is behind Australia’s first commercial rollout of hot chip vending machines. The Hot Chips Company has spent more than five years developing the vending machines alongside WA potato processor Bendotti Exporters. Bendotti and its affiliate company WA Chip will be the sole supplier to all vending machines, nationally.Source: www.abc.net.auSee on Scoop.it – Global Potato News[Read More…]

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As sales dip, McDonald’s replacing CEO Don Thompson with Steve Easterbrook

McDonald’s announced Wednesday that its chief executive would step down, just days after the fast-food restaurant chain posted one of its worst financial performances in years. Don Thompson, 51, will retire as president and chief executive, effective March 1, McDonald’s said in a statement. He will be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, the chain’s chief branding officer. More You are unauthorized[Read More…]

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US: Here Is Every Ingredient In Your Favorite Fast Food French Fries

With the help of Grant Imahara, a former Mythbuster, McDonald’s has tried to myth-bust their way into explaining why the McRib looks like a frozen sponge and show that their McNuggets aren’t made from pink slime. Now they’re explaining why there’s a crazy amount of ingredients in their fries, which I don’t even think was something we wondered about in[Read[Read More…]

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What are McDonald’s fries really made of?

Are McDonald’s fries even made of potatoes? Why are there 17 ingredients in its fries? The fast-food giant lifted the veil on its fry production line and ingredient list Tuesday to dispel myths about one of its most popular items in two new videos. The fry tour is the latest in a series of segments with former MythBusters star Grant[Read[Read More…]

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The first potato-chip sandwich café

Crisps—otherwise known as potato chips—aren’t just for snacking anymore. The world’s first “crisp sandwich” café opened, where customers can gorge on sandwiches made out of something different from the regular ham and cheese. Inspired by an article on parody news website The Ulster Fry, Simply Crispy in Belfast, Northern Ireland opened its doors on Monday. The pop-up café has already[Read[Read More…]

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New Zealand: Potato shortage has upside in Southland

A nationwide potato shortage is leaving some chip-lovers pining for their favourite flavours, with some Southland supermarkets posting notices in chip aisles apologising for supply shortages. However, one Southland company is making up for a shortage of fresh potatoes in the central North Island – and tip-toeing into exporting fresh potatoes to Asia. More You are unauthorized to view this[Read More…]

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Venezuela’s bizarre response to McDonald’s running out of french fries

Venezuela’s leaders aren’t taking the ongoing McDonald’s french fry shortage in their country too well. Publicly sponsored news outlets, government officials, and even the country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, have all responded to McDonald’s unthinkable french fry shortage, which spans all 100 outlets in the country, by publicly criticizing the chain, and its french fries. One of the loudest responses came[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s Japan sales slide 21% on fries shortage

The operator of McDonald’s in Japan said today that same-store sales plunged 21% in December from a year earlier after it was hit by a shortage of french fries. McDonald’s Holdings Co (Japan) restricted sales of chips to small servings only from December 17 up to January 4, as a labour dispute at US West Coast ports delayed imports. In a new blow,[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s Japan probes tooth in fries, nuggets

McDonald’s Corp.’s Japan business said a human tooth was found in fries, and plastics in chicken nuggets and sundae, in a series of food-safety issues that happened in the past six months. The affected nuggets, supplied by Cargill Inc.’s Thai unit, were sold at two outlets in Japan, including one in Tokyo, according to spokesman Takashi Hasegawa. The fast-food chain[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s fries near extinction in Venezuela

Traditional potato chips from the menus of fast-food chain McDonald’s are set to disappear from Venezuelan franchises in 2015, as a result of widespread shortages being experienced in the country ruled by Nicolás Maduro. There has yet to be an official announcement from the company, but a franchise manager has confirmed that McDonald’s is struggling to import the fries.Source: panampost.comSee[Read[Read More…]

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Emergency airlift puts fries back on the menu at McDonald’s in Japan

McDonald’s has said an emergency airlift of French fries to Japan has eased the nationwide shortage that forced the chain to ration them at more than 3,000 restaurants across the country. From 5 January, medium and large-sized fries will be back on the menu, almost three weeks after the fast-food giant restricted customers to small portions due to import delays.[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s has to ration fries in Japan

McDonald’s has been forced to ration its french fries in Japan due to a severe shortage of imported U.S. potatoes. Medium and large fry orders won’t be available until at least early next year, forcing Japanese customers to cope with tiny bags of fries until then. “We will temporarily change our product lineup…until a stable supply of potatoes is in[Read[Read More…]

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Why McDonald’s is only selling small servings of fries in Japan

Potato shortages are putting McDonald’s customers in Japan on an unsolicited diet. McDonald’s is now only offering small servings of fries in Japan due to a fry shortage in the country, reports Kotaku. The shortage is due to ongoing labor contract disputes with dockworkers on the West Coast of the U.S. The shortage has been a months-long problem for the[Read[Read More…]

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What does McDonald’s have to do to stop its downward spiral?

After months and months of depressing earnings reports, one question must be on every McDonald’s exec’s mind: How on earth can we turn things around? Same-store sales fell 2.2 percent globally and 4.6 percent in the U.S. in November, McDonald’s reported on Monday. The chain hasn’t seen any growth in U.S. sales for over a year. How can the fast-food[Read[Read More…]

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Japan: Airlifting french fries to ease shortage

Restaurants in Japan are rushing to secure supplies of french fries after shipment delays from the US, with one chain readying to airlift 200 tons of chips. Giants of the fast food and “family restaurant” sectors, which serve Western style meals with a Japanese twist, are dependent on imports, Kyodo News reported, citing the chains and the Japan External Trade[Read[Read More…]

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Prediction: McDonald’s will adopt eco-friendly GMO potato

On Friday, November 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture cleared the path to commercialization for a “genetically modified” potato developed by J.R. Simplot. This is big. This is very big. It’s big for a host of reasons, but at the top of the list is one: French fries. Some news stories have reported that McDonald’s won’t be buying Simplot’s[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s transparency campaign failing with the McRib and french fries, why is that?

Earlier this year, McDonald’s started to suffer the after-effects for the lack of transparency when it comes to their food. The True Activist provided insight on the two popular McDonald’s products with details why they are either omitted or generalized in the campaign. The first is McDonald’s french fries. If these fries are truly organic and healthy, they would consist[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s won’t buy Simplot’s GMO potato

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.’s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company’s oldest business partners — McDonald’s — hasn’t. The fast-food giant says it doesn’t use genetically modified potatoes, the Idaho Statesman reported. “McDonald’s USA does not source GMO potatoes, nor do we have current plans to change our sourcing practices,” the[Read[Read More…]

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