Fast Food/Quick Service Restaurants

McDonald’s testing seasoned fries

See on – Potato News Even the iconic McDonald’s french fry, a linchpin to the fast-food giant’s multibillion-dollar success, is getting a second look as the company seeks new product hits. On Thursday, the same day McDonald’s announced that domestic sales were flat in April, the company confirmed to USA TODAY that it will begin testing seasoned fries -[Read[Read More…]

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Hold the fries – McDonald’s sees fewer fast food customers

See on – Potato NewsMcDonald’s is fighting to hold onto customers in the U.S. The world’s biggest hamburger chain said sales at established U.S. locations fell 1.7 per cent in the first three months of the year as guest counts declined. After a decade of consistent growth, sales also declined last year as McDonald’s struggled to roll out an[Read[Read More…]

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Schweiz: McDonald’s lanciert Signature Line

See on – Potato NewsMcDonald’s Schweiz erweitert sein Angebot durch die “Signature Line” und bekommt damit eine neue Hand- respektive Unterschrift. Diese neue Produktlinie steht für überraschende Rezepte sowie authentischen Genuss und wird gemeinsam mit Schweizer Köchen und Genussexperten entwickelt. Für die Lancierung hat sich das Unternehmen mit dem Schweizer Kreativkoch René Schudel zusammengetan und präsentiert nebst dem “Burger[Read[Read More…]

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Fast food giants’ ads for healthier kids meals don’t send the right message

See on – Potato NewsFast food giants attempts at depicting healthier kids’ meals frequently goes unnoticed by children ages 3 to 7 years old according to a new study by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center. In research published on March 31, 2014 in JAMA Pediatrics, Dartmouth researchers found that one-half to one-third of children did not identify milk when[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s poised to embrace new GMO potato farming in 2014 and beyond

See on – Potato NewsMcDonald’s poised to embrace new GMO potato farming in 2014 and beyond. A new variety of genetically modified potato could show up in Idaho as early as 2015.Learn more: on You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Burger King: Satisfries helped boost fry orders

Burger King’s new lower-calorie french fries didn’t spark a stampede to restaurants, but the company says they helped push up sales slightly amid heightened competition. You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Trends: Healthy fries

Fries are undeniably one of the most important food products in the world. As health-conscious consumers are continuously increasing in numbers, the producers are focusing more and more on providing healthy fries. People ordered over eight billion servings of fries over the last year in fast-foods and restaurants in the US, according to the NPD Group. Moreover, fries make for[Read[Read More…]

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Belaya Dacha, Farm Frites in joint venture to supply McDonalds with fries throughout Russia

Agricultural producer Belaya Dacha is ready to begin construction of a factory in the Lipetsk region that will supply french fries to McDonald’s fast food restaurants throughout Russia, Vedomosti reported Friday. Belaya Dacha will work with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which will have 35 percent of the venture, and Dutch potato farmer Farm Frites, which will be[Read[Read More…]

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Farm Frites launches Patatas Bravas potato cubes for pubs

Potato specialist Farm Frites has launched Patatas Bravas potato cubes, which it recommends can be topped with everything from chorizo to seasonings. Positioned as a side dish, recipe ingredient, sharing option to be served with dips or even as part of a child’s roast dinner, the consistently-sized large cubes can be cooked in 15 to 20 minutes, deep fried in[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Potato Council publishes Foodservice Market Update report

According to Potato Council’s latest report on Foodservice Markets (published in January), during the period Oct 2012 to Sept 2013 British consumers bought fewer items when eating out and they also ate out slightly less than last year. Over the year, Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) posted an uplift in total spend, driven by higher prices per item. However, visits remained[Read[Read More…]

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India: Vegit eyes 25% growth in FY’15, plans expansion

Vegit, the agro division of the Rs 950 crore Merino Group which offers ready-to-cook packaged foods, is eyeing 25 per cent revenue growth in the next financial year. “We are expecting a growth of 25 per cent on the back of our continuous addition to product portfolio,” Merino Industries Regional head Madan Singi said. Vegit began with potato flakes and[Read[Read More…]

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US: How big food uses hunger triggers

The old Lay’s Potato Chip challenge, “Betcha can’t eat just one” was not only a testament to the salty-crunchy deliciousness of the chips, it was also an unknowing hat tip to the ingrained human tendency to eat more than is probably good for you, at least in the 21st century. Ever notice how, even if you’re not really hungry, taking[Read[Read More…]

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UK: McCain launches ready baked jacket potatoes with flavoured ad

McCain “planted” giant 3D baked potatoes in 10 bus shelters as part of the UK advertising campaign for its newly launched Ready Baked Jackets. Bus stations in 10 UK cities do not only host the giant spuds, but also their flavour: waiting passengers will be able to smell freshly baked potatoes at the touch of a button on the poster’s[Read[Read More…]

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India: Sizzling business of french fries; sales up 30%

A market that’s growing 30% annually, and can grow even faster, a business big enough to accommodate giant western MNCs and small Indian startups, a supply chain that allows mouth-watering margins to all players and a product that many consumers, adults or children, find addictive – selling frozen French fries in India is a sizzling business that’s set to sizzle[Read[Read More…]

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