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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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McDonald’s rejects Simplot’s genetically modified potato

The J.R. Simplot Co.’s freshly approved genetically modified potato is not being welcomed by one of the company’s oldest business partners. McDonald’s, the world’s largest fast-food company and a longtime buyer of Simplot potatoes for french fries, says it doesn’t plan to buy Simplot’s latest genetically modified organism, the Innate potato. “McDonald’s USA does not source GMO potatoes, nor do[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s to enter new market of Kazakhstan in 2015

McDonald’s today announced that it will open restaurants in Kazakhstan in 2015, in conjunction with a local developmental licensee, Kairat Boranbayev. Kazakhstan is McDonald’s 120th global market and the 39th market that will be managed as a part of McDonald’s Europe.  The first McDonald’s restaurant in Kazakhstan is expected to open during the second half of 2015. It will be[Read[Read More…]

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US: Will new genetically-modified potato gain respectability?

Federal agricultural regulators have approved a new genetically modified potato for American farmers to grow that’s aimed at the fast-food market. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision involved the potato identified as Innate, developed by the J.R. Simplot Company, a major supplier to McDonald’s. Innate it is the first GMO potato approved by the USDA that wasn’t created by[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s China: no GM potatoes

McDonald’s China has denied that it has imported or used genetically engineered potatoes after the US Department of Agriculture approved a genetically modified (GM) potato developed by a McDonald’s supplier. “McDonald’s China does not use genetically modified potatoes. The potatoes that McDonald’s China uses are in line with the national laws and regulations,” the public relations department of McDonald’s China[Read[Read More…]

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‘Innate Potato’ heads for market but GM watchdogs chip away at Simplot success

Americans may soon be eating high-tech potatoes, after a genetically engineered (GE) spud that makers say resists bruising and reduces a possible carcinogen was approved by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Friday. The Innate Potato, a trademarked creation of Simplot, has DNA from other potatoes spliced into its own, through a process called RNA interference technology. The USDA[Read[Read More…]

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Simplot’s gmo potato approved by the USDA

A potato genetically engineered to eliminate a potentially harmful ingredient that emerges in the high heat required for French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting, the Department of Agriculture announced Friday. The potato’s DNA has been altered so that less of acrylamide is produced when the potato is fried. Acrylamide has been shown to cause cancer[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s to customers: What do you want to know about our food?

“What is in my hamburger?” “What part of the chicken is a Chicken McNugget™?” “Why are the fries so good?” McDonald’s USA will answer these questions and more from customers, fans and food skeptics through a multifaceted effort called “Our Food. Your Questions.” Starting today, the company invites people to submit their food questions via social media. McDonald’s will respond[Read[Read More…]

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Ranked: The best french fries in America

McDonald’s serves the best french fries in the nation, followed by Burger King and Five guys, according to a new survey from the research firm YouGov. McDonald’s also won first place for best breakfast out of 30 fast food chains, the poll found. But Chick-fil-A takes the crown for best fast food chain overall, followed by Arby’s, Burger King, and[Read[Read More…]

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Brazil: Mix Potato plans on expanding franchises into US and Arab markets

Brazilian franchise chain Mix Potato, whose flagship product is stuffed potatoes, plans on expanding into the Arab market. The brand has 72 restaurants in Brazil and will start going international next year. In Miami, the company will open an office in January and a store in March. Also in March, it will inaugurate two franchises, in Phoenix, Arizona and the[Read[Read More…]

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Calbee North America to build plant in Mississippi

Calbee North America, maker of snow-pea crisps, shrimp chips, and potato chips, will build a production facility in Senatobia, MS, in a former BMW factory. The company, a joint venture founded by Japan’s snack-chip giant Calbee and Idaho potato grower R.D. Offutt in 2010, operates plants in California and Oregon. Calbee North America will invest $51.1 million in the new[Read[Read More…]

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US Fries takes potato staple from side dish to main meal

French fries have never been thought of as a meal without the burger, but a new franchise on Fourth Avenue is breaking the rules with how we think of the starchy sidekick. US Fries makes its debut this Friday with its unique poutine menu — a French-Canadian late-night delicacy that consists of fries traditionally topped with cheese curds and gravy.[Read[Read More…]

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‘Short fries are healthier’

Eat short fries! That’s the outcome of studies reported on by German magazine ‘GEO’ in its September edition. Because in order to meet the currently very high demand for extra long fries, the soil has to be fertilized longer: the thick potatoes need more time to grow, overly exhausting the soil, German website reports.Source: www.freshplaza.comSee on – Potato[Read[Read More…]

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High-protein chips satisfy crunchy and salty cravings

Quest Nutrition introduces the world’s first high-protein snack potato chip, offering consumers a revolutionary potato chip experience that’s actually good for you instead of being just “less bad.” Two years in development, each personal-size (32g) bag of Quest Protein Chips boasts 21g of high-quality whey- and milk-based proteins and only 5g of carbohydrates. Source: See on – Potato[Read[Read More…]

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North America: Burger King gets rid of ‘Satisfries’

After less than a year of being on the menu, Burger King is getting rid of its lower-calorie french fries at most restaurants, according to The Associated Press. The Miami-based chain said in a statement that it gave its franchisees the option to continue selling the french fries earlier this week, but only about 2,500 of the approximately 7,400 locations[Read[Read More…]

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