Fast Food/Quick Service Restaurants

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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: See on[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 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 More…]

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Vietnam: No carcinogens detected in snacks, KFC potato chips

The Department of Food Safety, Ministry of Health said they had not found carcinogens like acrylamide and PAHs in samples of snacks and KFC potato chips collected in Hanoi. The test was conducted after the Health Ministry received a warning from the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) on the discovery of a carcinogen called acrylamide which was found in snacks, coffee, potato chips, burnt toast, crisps and some fast food for kids.


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A Step-By-Step Guide To How McDonald’s Fries Are Made

See on – Potato News McDonald’s sells 13 billion servings of fries every year. And the fast food giant has the system for the signature item down to a science. McDonald’s Canada has a great video that breaks down the process of making the classic menu item. See on

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US: No fries with that – McDonald’s HQ closes before worker protest

See on – Potato News The world’s largest fast-food chain’s corporate headquarters near Chicago closed Wednesday after hundreds of McDonald’s employees threatened to protest demanding higher wages. Public advocacy group Demos released a report recently saying fast-food company CEOs earn 1,000 times what the average worker receives. See on

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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 More…]

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

See on – Potato News McDonald’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[Read More…]

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