Fast Food/Quick Service Restaurants

MacFry Potato Academy opens its doors to spud growers

According to a news report published by Farmers Guardian in the UK, potato growers supplying McDonald’s are set to benefit from the provision of free agronomy skills training to improve crop performance and quality with the launch of the MacFry Potato Academy. The Academy is a joint initiative between NIAB and McDonald’s UK and Ireland, in association with potato suppliers McCain[Read[Read More…]

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Nando’s and McDonald’s admit using McCain frozen chips from Scotland

Nando’s  and McDonald’s has admitted using McCain frozen chips from Scotland in its restaurants. Talk of the fries Nando’s use began when an ex-employee told a local newspaper that not all Nando’s food is fresh. Now the chain has confirmed they use McCain frozen chips claims but insists the chips are not the kind you would cook at home. “Our hugely popular chips are developed[Read[Read More…]

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Hot potatoes: How the chip continues to dominate the British pub menu

Previously the preserve of takeaway restaurants and fast-food joints, the humble chip has evolved into a pub classic. But what makes it such a staple, and what are the latest trends within the sector? It is a phrase uttered so often in the pub it has almost become second nature: “… and a portion of chips”. The go-to side alongside a[Read[Read More…]

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Hot arrival: Lamb Weston introduces ‘Crispy on Delivery’ fries

Lamb Weston introduces a solution for fries that arrive hot and crispy via home delivery – new Crispy on Delivery is a comprehensive solution that goes from store to door. Crispy on Delivery fries maintain heat and crispiness for thirty minutes, while traditional fries start to lose their appeal after only five minutes. New Crispy on Delivery started with extensive[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s french fries might cure hair loss, study finds

Just in case you needed another excuse to supersize your McDonald’s fries, everyone’s favourite crispy potatoes may actually help treat hair loss. Researchers at Yokohama National University in Japan discovered that an ingredient in McDonald’s crispy potato recipe may help with hair regrowth, Refinery29 reports. The study found that “Dimethylpolysiloxane,” a silicone that’s added to the oil to prevent splashing, can aid in the[Read[Read More…]

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Japan now has french fry ice cream sundaes…

Japanese fast food chain First Kitchen has a bit of an image problem, in that it really doesn’t have much of an image. First Kitchen is often so low-key that it’s easy to overlook the chain, but we’re sure that its newest item, french fry sundaes, will help keep it in people’s minds. Going on this week at First Kitchen and First Kitchen/Wendy’s[Read[Read More…]

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US: Will Taco Bell’s new Nacho Fries affect the french fry supply?

When ordering tacos from a food service outlet, the last thing you might expect would be this phrase: “Would you like fries with that?” Yet, on Jan. 25, across the nation, diners at Taco Bell will be presented with that question when the chain launches Nacho Fries. However, at the Food Institute, another question is asked: how will this affect the prices[Read[Read More…]

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Report: 5 Key insights on the frozen potato market through 2022

According to a new study by Fact.MR,  global frozen potato market for frozen potato is estimated to bring in US$ 60,109.5 million revenue by 2022 end. The market is projected to register moderate growth of 4.0% CAGR during the forecast period 2017-2022. The growing business of quick service restaurants and increase in disposable income of consumers are some of the key factors fuelling[Read[Read More…]

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How chocolate fries and Pikachu helped turn around McDonald’s Japan

McDonald’s Japan took a series of hits starting in 2014 that threatened to crack its Golden Arches: a supplier was selling expired chicken, a human tooth was found in french fries and a child was injured by a plastic shard inside a sundae. Sales plummeted to their lowest since the company went public in 2001, and the chain closed hundreds of restaurants. McDonald’s[Read[Read More…]

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Taiwanese french fry suppliers to be checked amid food concerns

Taiwan’s health authorities will conduct stringent checks of potato suppliers after reports that French fries served at fast food restaurants were found with green patches. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official Cheng Wei-chih said that potatoes can turn green due to exposure to enough light. However, consuming a large amount of green potato can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea as it often contains a[Read[Read More…]

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Were McDonald’s fries better before the ’90s?

In February, The Ringer website ranked McDonald’s french fries as the third-best fast food item in America. But some think that McDonald’s fries used to be much, much better. On a recent episode of his podcast Revisionist History, Malcolm Gladwell uncovered a change that McDonald’s made in its fries in 1992. Were the fries better before then? Gladwell and Joe House discussed the change on[Read[Read More…]

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Acrylamide: Save our fries! Belgians say EU spares national dish

According to a Reuters report, Belgium’s national dish, the deep fried potato sticks that much of the English-speaking world gallingly calls “French fries”, has been saved. So, at least, the national government said last week as the European Union agreed to amend food safety rules aimed at curbing cancer. Belgium’s farm minister claimed the EU will now spare the nation’s “friteries”[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s takes on the fast-food dead zone

To lure more mid-afternoon customers, McDonald’s Corp. is rejecting its recent health-food kick and rolling out the sweets: croissants, muffin tops and a new sundae-topping station for ice cream lovers. The challenge is daunting. The hours between lunch and dinner are a fast-food dead zone. Only about 5 percent of McDonald’s customers show up at non-meal times such as 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., according[Read[Read More…]

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This is the little-known ingredient which makes McDonald’s fries so delicious

There’s been some recent confusion over what it is which makes McDonald’s fries so special. It turns out that some branches of McDonald’s are serving up fries with a little-known ingredient added to the mix: “natural beef flavouring”. The beefy addition gives the fries an extra kick of flavour, but it means that they aren’t vegan, since the flavouring is actually made from milk. However,[Read[Read More…]

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US: Fast food makes its biggest change since the drive-thru

Restaurants often lag other industries in adopting new technology, lacking the time or budget for massive digital overhauls. But as industry sales have slowed recently, smartphone conveniences have found their way into the world of burgers and fries. Many in the industry are betting that its future lies in that technology — in large part through mobile orders, payments and delivery. Mobile ordering and delivery from the likes[Read[Read More…]

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US: McDonald’s installs kiosks instead of workers

The next time you head up to the counter to order a Big Mac and some fries, don’t be surprised if there’s something missing: a smiling face. McDonald’s is reportedly moving away from human employees with an automated self-check out system that lets patrons place their own orders, pay for their meals, and then retrieve the prepared food items. The self-service[Read[Read More…]

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Fries over rings: McDonald’s ends 41-year Olympic sponsorship

McDonald’s Corp ended its 41-year-old sponsorship of the Olympic Games three years early, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday, reflecting the U.S. fast-food giant’s focus on its core business as well as rising Olympics sponsorship costs and declining TV ratings. McDonald’s deal would have run through the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, and bowing out will likely to save it hundreds of[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s lays out plan it hopes can reverse drop in visits

McDonald’s acknowledged that it lost 500 million customer transactions in the U.S. since 2012, and said it plans to use tempting value deals to help win people back. The world’s biggest burger chain said Wednesday during its investor day in Chicago that much of that business was lost after it did away with its Dollar Menu. McDonald’s outlined its plans[Read[Read More…]

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Fast-food potato fries come with ecological impacts

The popularity of Russet Burbank potatoes in North America, grown to meet demand for fast-food french fries, is said to have an ecological impact because their long growing season requires lots of fertilizer and fungicides. To grow these “bulked-up” tubers, farmers are encouraged to apply excessive applications of nitrogen fertilizer – recommendations have been designed to provide easy nitrogen access to[Read[Read More…]

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