Posts tagged "McDonalds"

Maccas beef milestone

[26 September/Rural Life] Since its launch in 2009, McDonalds customers have consumed more than five million kilograms of locally sourced Angus beef patties. That is roughly the same weight as nine Airbus A380 aircraft. McDonalds were one of the first to jump on the gourmet burger trend almost a decade ago. The burgers changed with...

Five Star Beef notified of 44 suspected cases of Mycoplasma bovis on feedlot

[23 August/Stuff] New Zealand’s largest beef farming operation, Five Star Beef, has been served a notice that 44 of its 16,000 cattle could have Mycoplasma bovis. The feedlot currently houses around 16,000 cattle but has resource consent for up to 19,000 cattle. They live in pens for two to eight months before being sent to...

Waste crackdown: McDonald’s commits to renewable, recyclable packaging by 2025

[16 January/Global Meat News] McDonalds have announced that all packaging across its global restaurant network will come from renewable, recycled or certified sources by 2025 as well as having plans to recycle packaging in all of the networks 37,000 stores in more than 100 countries.  Currently only half of packaging comes from such sources and...

Cargill to double cooked poultry output on mainland

[29 December /South China Morning Post] Agricultural trader, Cargill, will invest USD50 million to double its cooked poultry foods capacity in China in response to changing consumer tastes and growing demand from key customers like McDonalds and KFC. The company’s plant which is a fully integrated facility covering breeding, raising and processing, was opened in...

Orkla and McDonald’s launch McVegan burger

[15 December/Food Navigator] Nordic food group, Orkla, is working with McDonalds to launch a new McVegan burger in Scandinavian markets. The burger has been designed to tap into the strong trend for plant-based foods and is based on soybean protein. The burger which was created for Nordic tastes and has been designed to be neutral...

McDonald’s name change signifies shift in strategy

[28 October/China Daily] McDonald’s China has changed its name to the Mandarin translation of the Golden Arches: Jin Gong Men. The iconic logo has subsequently gone viral on Chinese social media. In an official statement, the name change occurred on October 12 and will remain on the licence level, leaving daily operations unaffected. The name...

McDonald’s released a millennial burger with sriracha and kale and its divided opinion

[16 October/ The Independent UK] The new McDonalds ‘millennial burger’ includes a Sriracha Big Mac sauce and kale. This burger has caused controversy online due to its millennial title, with one internet user commenting that instead, the burger should include emotional exhaustion, avocado toast, and a front-facing camera to justify its name. The new McDonalds...

Vegans may soon be loving it too

[7 October/ Independent] McDonald’s has released a vegan burger called the McVegan. The burger consists of a soy-based patty topped with tomato, salad, pickles and vegan McFeast sauce, sandwiched between a bun. The McVegan is currently available in Tampere, Finland, from 4 October to 21 November.

McDonalds sets out vision to reduce antibiotics

[24 August/Global Meat News] McDonalds has updated its vision on reducing the usage of routine antibiotics in its food supply chain globally through the introduction of a global strategy. The strategy sets out policies operating units are expected to develop and timelines for reducing and eliminating where possible antibiotic use. There is also a new...

McDonalds’s buys $238 m of New Zealand food

[14 May/ Stuff National] McDonalds has revealed that its New Zealand business bought more than $150 million of local produce for use of in its restaurants to feed New Zealanders.  The grocery list includes 5,700 tonnes of beef, 3,190 tonnes of chicken and 315 tonnes of hoki fish.  The beef sales included 600 tonnes of...

McDonald’s testing out crab sandwich in San Francisco area

[10 February/ New Zealand Herald] McDonalds plans to launch a crab sandwich in the San Francisco Bay area. The sandwich, created in collaboration with former Top Chef contestant, Ryan Scott, includes snow crab meat with mayonnaise, tomato and lettuce on a sourdough bun. The sandwich is being tested in 4 San Jose restaurants, and dependent...

The burger and the vending machine

[26 January/ The Boston Globe] A McDonalds store in Boston is to offer customers the opportunity to use a customised digital Big Mac ATM at a central city store for no charge in return for the customer allowing the machine to send a tweet from their twitter account, promoting two new Big Mac burgers.  The...

Fast-Food Chains Find Some Health Nuts Too Tough to Crack

 [11 November/ Bloomberg] George Washington University Prevention and Community Health Professor, Douglas Evans said most fast-food customers did not seem to care about healthier options. However, McDonald’s Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Steve Easterbrook said Chicken McNuggets sales rose by 10 percent after the company declared all its poultry was now free of antibiotics that were...

Taking some junk out of junk food; Happier Meal? McDonald’s nixing some unpalatable ingredients

 [2 August/ The San Francisco Chronicle] McDonald’s has announced that it would be eliminating some ingredients from its most popular menu items, including the removal of artificial preservatives from Chicken McNuggets and fructose corn syrup from its burger buns. Centre for Science in the Public Interest Executive Director, Michael Jacobson said the changes did not...

Mars in talks to take M&M’s out of McDonald’s and Burger King desserts to cut sugar intake

[16 June/ The Independent] Mars has been in talks with McDonald’s and Burger King to remove M&M’s from their McFlurry ice creams and Snickers pies. The move came after Mars promised to reduce the amount of sugar in its products in the United Kingdom and the United States. A Mars representative said the company was...

McDonald’s Canada finishes beef project

[2 June/ The Globe and Mail] McDonald’s Canada has announced a two year partnership with the beef industry to advance environmental and ethical standards. Through a pilot project, the company has verified 180 beef operations in Canada as sustainable, based on factors such as animal welfare and community engagement. McDonald’s would now create a verification...

McDonald’s is quietly testing a huge change that everyone is underestimating

[1 June/ The Independent] McDonald’s has begun using fresh beef that had never been frozen in 14 of its Dallas restaurants in the United States. Nomura Analyst, Mark Kalinowski said investors were underestimating just how serious McDonald’s was about a larger rollout which could result in better tasting burgers, faster cooking times, and speedier customer...

Food industry makes first moves in transformation to going antibiotic-free

[27 January/ Irish Examiner] McDonalds has committed to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine in chicken production for its American restaurants by March 2017. Subway aims to serve chicken raised without antibiotics across the United States by next March, with antibiotic-free turkey, beef and pork to be served by 2025. Institute of Global Food...

McDonald’s french fries to be British

[25 September/ The Times] McDonald’s has announced that its British restaurants are to buy all of their potatoes from British growers. The move will result in a further GBP 9 million investment into the sector. McDonalds United Kingdom Supply Chain Director, Connor McVeigh said the company has always attempted to buy potatoes from British farmers,...

McDonald’s to switch to cage-free eggs over next decade

[10 September/ NZ Herald] McDonald’s is to switch to cage-free eggs in the United States and Canada within the next ten years. Humane Society of the United States Vice President, Paul Shapiro said the decision by McDonald’s showed that battery caged birds do not have a future in the egg industry. McDonald’s said it currently...

McDonald’s all-day breakfast might make America’s egg shortage worse

[5 September/ NZ Herald] Technomic Executive Vice President, Darren Tristano said McDonald’s plan to sell breakfast sandwiches throughout the day will increase the strain on the United States egg industry. The United States egg industry is struggling due the country experiencing its worse bird flu epidemic in history, with over 48 million fowl being killed...

McDonald’s, Tyson Drop a Supplier

[28 August/ The Wall Street Journal] McDonald’s and Tyson Foods have severed ties with Tennessee-based poultry farm, T&S Farms, after video footage from the farm that showed chickens being stabbed, clubbed and crushed to death. McDonalds said the company, alongside Tyson Foods, were investigating the farm and will reinforce McDonalds’ expectations for animal treatment. Tyson...

McDonald’s moves to free range eggs

[13 July/ Otago Daily Times] McDonald’s is to introduce free range eggs in all of its New Zealand outlets by the end of 2016. The move means the company will buy around 9 percent of all free range eggs sold in New Zealand annually. McDonald’s New Zealand Managing Director, Patrick Wilson said an 18 month...

McDonald’s adding kale to the menu [8 May/ NZ Herald]

McDonald’s are including Kale in some of their new meals. The company is attempting to shake its junk food image, as sales in the United States declined for the sixth straight quarter. McDonalds’ CEO, Steve Easterbrook said he wants to turn the company into a modern progressive burger company. The burger chain is currently testing...