This morning, the official @McDonaldsCorp Twitter account had a very interesting missive on its Twitter account. It read: “@realDonaldTrump You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have @BarackObama back, also you have tiny hands.” The Tweet was not just sent into the wild, but also pinned to the top to the account’s page.
Every March, along with college basketball tournaments and the opportunity to misquote Julius Caesar, another seasonal tradition returns: the Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s. Despite not being the fast-food chain’s best-known (or best) limited-time product, the green beverage has garnered a cult following over the years — and has a surprisingly interesting backstory.
Mark Noltner, who lives in suburban Chicago, heard about McTeacher’s Nights when he found a flier in his daughter’s backpack last year.
“There was a picture of Ronald McDonald [on the flier],” he says, and it was promoting the school fundraiser at a local McDonald’s.
During McTeacher’s Nights, teachers stand behind the counter at McDonald’s, serving up food to their students who come in. At the end of the event, the school gets a cut of the night’s sales.
Noltner complained to the principal at his daughter’s school that he didn’t like brand marketing creeping into the school. Some teachers, he says, wore T-shirts with a McDonald’s logo to promote the event.
The campaign to force America’s farmers to change the way they handle their animals celebrated a victory this week.
McDonald’s USA announced that in the near future, it will no longer buy eggs from chickens that live in cages.
Those cages are still the industry standard, and 90 percent of America’s eggs come from chickens that live in them.
When egg farmers adopted them, decades ago, they thought it was progress. Chicken manure didn’t pile up on the floor anymore. Chickens weren’t walking around in it. “The eggs were super clean. The feed, the water, everything in these houses became super clean,” says Chad Gregory, president of the United Egg Producers, the main industry association.
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Billions and billions of hamburgers, and so many of them, to judge by the Yelp reviews, served to unhappy people. But why would anyone post a review of McDonald’s on Yelp? This is a question that people who post reviews of McDonald’s on Yelp often begin by asking. (“I’m not sure what is compelling me…” writes a Chicago customer). Sometimes the answer is that they want to warn other customers away, in the spirit of good citizenship:
“Oh my gosh… avoid this mcdonald’s if you can.” (St. Louis, Missouri)
“The backyard of an abandoned house is better and more functional than this one. STAY AWAY.” (Miami, Florida)
(Original spelling and punctuation are preserved, by the way, here and throughout).
Things are heating up in Milan between McDonald’s and Slow Food…
It all started on May 19 when, on the occasion of the grand opening of the Slow Food pavilion, Carlo Petrini, its founder and president, critiqued the organization for the presence of participants as different as Slow Food and McDonald’s. “In front of those who sell meat in a bun for 1.20 euro, how do you explain the value and the prices of those who raise and produce according to certain criteria?” he was reported saying during his address. Slow Food’s goal, as stated on its website, is to “ensure everyone has access to good, clean and fair food,” while preventing the disappearance of traditional food cultures and traditions.
Today in celebrity news, James Franco published an editorial in the Washington Post in defense of something very dear to his very famous heart. No, not the Kickstarter to fund the Kickstarter for his upcoming biopic James Franco According to James Franco — McDonald’s.
As it turns out, James Franco (according to James Franco) was once a UCLA dropout and wannabe actor who got a job at McDonald’s and then proceeded to force his customers and co-workers alike to listen to him practice accents.
Fast-food giant McDonald’s shook up the food world last week by announcing that within two years, it will require all 14,000 of its U.S. restaurants to serve chicken that is substantially antibiotic-free. It’s a huge change, because so much of poultry raising has relied on drugs for so long. What will it mean?
The announcement is important news, further evidence of the way that consumer demand has been pushing the food industry toward meat raised without antibiotic use. Customer pressure has achieved results far faster than policy attempts to change meat production, which have been mired in political in-fighting since the 1970s.
With all the recent excitement over Shake Shack — its share price more than doubled the day it went public last week — and Habit Burger, whose share price also more than doubled when it went public in November, you’d think America was entering a new golden age of the burger.
Then there’s McDonald’s, the mother of all burger chains and one of the most potent symbols of America around the globe. Even as Americans flock to so-called fast-casual burger chains, McDonald’s is struggling.
McDonald’s may not have a stellar reputation for being picky about its ingredients, but the company has put its foot down on GMOs. McDonald’s’ largest potato supplier has a hot new GM potato, but the House That Ronald Built has no interest in using them.
McDonald’s isn’t known for being principled about its ingredients; just this year, the company had to issue a major public relations onslaught just to convince people that its Chicken McNuggets are not made from pink slurry. Despite that effort, when you think about fast food chains that are selective about raw ingredients, you think Chipotle, or maybe something like Panera — chains that continuously harp on their bonafides as ethical consumers.