Fast Food/Quick Service Restaurants

The “Truth” about McDonald’s burger and fries

People may deny it, but there are times when you really crave a McDonald’s burger, fries, or at least a Shamrock Shake. We all know that fast food isn’t really good for you, even if you just order a salad, but how bad is it really? People all over the world eat McDonald’s, and it looks really different depending where you[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s adding new french fry flavor just for Japan based on nostalgic student snack

Fast food giant is looking to school its rivals with new “college potato” fries. To succeed in the Japanese fast food industry, you’ve got to continually present people with new reasons to come through your doors. Just rolling out new main dishes isn’t enough, either. If you really want to stay ahead of your competitors, you need to regularly shake up[Read[Read More…]

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Europe: McDonald’s used a quip about eating disorders from the SKAM hit series to market french fries

McDonald’s has joined the SKAM fad in what Resumé calls a ‘jackpot’ blitz ad campign. The social media ad quotes the Norwegian hit series, which has reached such popularity outside Norway that the music rights holders complained and forced the Norwegian broadcasting company to withdraw SKAM’s international online streaming availability. In Sweden, SKAM is the most streamed show ever on the[Read[Read More…]

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Consumers need not fear acrylamide levels in fries: McDonald’s

A McDonald’s spokesperson said consumers had nothing to fear from indulging in their favourite meal from the fast food store in view of the FSA’s warning earlier this week about the high levels of acrylamide present in fries, toast and other carbs. According to the spokesman, when the warning was released, fast-food chain McDonald’s meals already contained lower levels of acrylamide[Read[Read More…]

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McDonalds’ crackdown on ‘cancer-causing’ chemical – as nanny state warns of link between fries and killer disease

McDonald’s said today it has been taking steps to reduce levels of acrylamide in its food for ten years. Earlier this week the Food Standards Agency warned high levels of the toxic chemical in fries, toast and other carbs could increase the risk of developing cancer. Animal studies have shown a link, but critics erupted with anger at the “nanny[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Fast food chains introduce new controls on storage and cooking of potatoes after acrylamide warning

Fast food companies including McDonald’s are taking steps to reduce levels of a cancer-risk chemical in their fries. All the major chains, including KFC and Burger King, have been told by the Food Standards Agency of the dangers of acrylamide. The agency has this week issued warnings about levels of the chemical in fried and toasted food, as well as crisps, biscuits[Read[Read More…]

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‘The Founder’: Burgers, fries and a couple of wiseguys

Whether or not you eat what McDonald’s serves, let’s at least agree the fast-food giant has a knack for putting together unexpected ingredients in a way that no one had seen before. The same could be said about “The Founder,” the biographical film about Ray A. Kroc (played by Michael Keaton), the onetime milkshake-machine salesman who helped transform McDonald’s from[Read[Read More…]

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Film Review: In ‘The Founder’ backstabbing at McDonald’s with fries on the side

In John Lee Hancock’s “The Founder,” about Ray Kroc and the making of McDonald’s, the ingredients for success are ruthlessly simple. When Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling traveling salesmen selling milkshake mixers, first beelines to San Bernardino, California, in 1954 to get a look at Dick (Nick Offerman) and Mac (John Carroll Lynch) McDonald’s burger joint, he stands agog at[Read[Read More…]

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Curly fries now on the menu at McDonald’s Japan

The classic french fry may be deliciously addictive, but let’s face it– there’s something pretty special about those perfectly twisted, slightly crispy, delicately seasoned and of course, bended and curled curly fries. For fast food lovers in Japan, the new year is already off to a spicy start as McDonald’s locations in the country have announced the return of its take[Read[Read More…]

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Pringles gets ‘loud’ with line of potato-free chips

Pringles is once again experimenting beyond the potato. The iconic snacks brand is rolling out a new chip line made of corn, grain and vegetables. (Don’t worry. Its classic line is staying put). Called “Loud,” the new line’s name emphasizes its five bold flavors: Fiery Chili Lime, Mighty Margherita Pizza, Salsa Fiesta, Spicy Queso and Super Cheesy Italian. Although ingredients such as grain[Read[Read More…]

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McDonald’s gives up control of its China business in $2 billion deal

McDonald’s is selling off most of its China business in a deal worth as much as $2.1 billion. Citic, a massive Chinese financial firm, is taking the majority stake in McDonald’s operations in mainland China and Hong Kong. U.S. private equity giant The Carlyle Group, is also buying into the investment combo, taking a 28% stake. McDonald’s will hold the remaining 20%[Read[Read More…]

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People must need coffee more than fries: Starbucks set to top McDonald’s as No. 1 chain

Starbucks is poised to overtake McDonald’s as the world’s most valuable restaurant chain, and the coffee giant could ultimately have a staggering 50,000 locations. That’s the prediction of Nomura analyst Mark Kalinowski, who named Starbucks his top restaurant stock for 2017 in a report on Tuesday. He estimates that the company will increase its worldwide restaurant count by 8.4 percent this[Read[Read More…]

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PepsiCo wants to sell healthy food, consumers want chips

An array of new products at a trade show in Atlanta this fall told the story of two PepsiCos. Anchoring one part of the display was a fiber-filled nut and fruit bar called Init and a sparkling lemonade with real lemon juice called Lemon Lemon. Nearby sat an assemblage of bright bags of Mac N’ Cheetos, new frozen cheese sticks resembling Cheetos,[Read[Read More…]

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US: WSU researchers celebrate after McDonald’s chooses their potatoes

In the search to find the perfect potato for its iconic french fries, McDonald’s sets the gold standard among researchers and growers, and officials have recently selected two potato varieties developed in part by Washington State University researchers. The Clearwater and Blazer russets will join the Ranger and Umatilla russets, which were selected in 2000, as the four potato varieties[Read More…]

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New McDonald’s french-fry video stars Idaho potato farmer, a Simplot supplier

In 1967, Idaho potato magnate J.R. Simplot shook hands with McDonald’s CEO Ray Kroc, sealing a deal that made Simplot the first frozen french-fry supplier to the fast-food chain. That deal brought billions of dollars to the Idaho economy. Until then, McDonald’s had purchased only fresh potatoes. The J.R. Simplot Co. had supplied about 20 percent of the spuds that became[Read[Read More…]

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US: New potato varieties chosen for McDonald’s fries

When it comes to potatoes, french fries are the big outlet for Columbia Basin farmers. And when it comes to selling french fries, McDonald’s is the holy grail. So for Washington State University potato researchers Rick Knowles and Mark Pavek, having a new variety chosen by McDonald’s is a big deal. In September, the worldwide fast-food chain chose two relatively new[Read[Read More…]

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Table service, touch-screen order kiosks coming to all U.S. McDonald’s

McDonald’s on Thursday announced a bold plan to roll out its “experience of the future” concept, including kiosk ordering and table service, to restaurants in Chicago and other big U.S. cities in an effort to better compete with “better burger” rivals. The Oak Brook-based burger chain has nearly 500 redesigned restaurants around the country so far. The world’s largest burger chain[Read[Read More…]

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