by Victoria Phillips in Food News & Trends, September 6, 2012
by Victoria Phillips in Food News & Trends, October 27, 2011
- McDonald's new Mcaloo Tikki will make its debut in India in 2013.
McDonald’s may best be known for its hamburgers, but the fast-food chain is changing out its trademark beef patties for the potato variety—well, in India at least. The fast-food chain is planning to open two new vegetarian-only restaurants in the predominately Hindu and Muslim country next year; menu items will include locally-inspired dishes like the Mcaloo Tikki, a burger made with a breaded potato and pea patty, special vegetable sauce, ketchup, red onion and two slices of tomato. The restaurant will also offer the McCurry Pan, a dish of curried broccoli, baby corn, mushrooms and red bell pepper that’s baked in a crust.
McDonald’s locations in India already don’t sell beef or pork, and the kitchens are separated into vegetarian and non-vegetarian sections. The new restaurants are set for locations in “northern Indian cities that are pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Sikhs,” according to Rajesh Kumar Maini, a spokesman for the company’s north and east Indian operations who was quoted in a recent article.
To learn more, read the full article.
What do you think about the chain’s vegetarian options? Is it a ploy to get customers in the door, or just a new localized offering?
by Victoria Phillips in Dining Out, Food News & Trends, July 28, 2011
- Trick-or-treaters will recieve a much healthier snack than candy or fries from McDonald's this Halloween.
It’s common for stores and restaurants to hand out treats on Halloween, but a few McDonald’s locations won’t be handing out candy this year. A handful of McDonald’s locations in Southern California are doling out apples. That’s right — trick-or-treaters under 12 years old will receive a free bag of apple slices. The campaign is designed to promote the new Happy Meal option of apple slices instead of french fries.
Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura county residents can stop by any McDonald’s location from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday for the free apple slice giveaway.
“We’re excited to offer this nutritious treat for children this Halloween season,” said Michael Mangione Jr., president of the McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California, or MOASC, which represents about 600 franchised and company-owned locations.
To learn more, read the full release.
What do you think about this treat? Is it a trick to get customers in the door, or just a healthy offering?
by Toby Amidor in Dining Out, Taste Test, April 5, 2011
- McDonald's is giving kids apples with their fries. Think it'll make a difference?
Are McDonald’s Happy Meals getting healthier? The fast food chain is making changes to the items in its kids’ meal as part of a long-term menu evolution. The company hopes to improve nutrition choices and awareness—starting with the new Happy Meal. Read more
by Toby Amidor in Food News & Trends, November 1, 2010
Oatmeal is the latest healthy food to hit fast food joints around the nation. But how healthy (and tasty) are these fast food versions? We tested some of the most popular offerings to see how they stacked up.
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by Toby Amidor in Food News & Trends, June 25, 2010
Whoever came up with the marketing for Happy Meals toys is a genius. Kids are drawn to popular characters and love the trinkets even more than the food. But this type of marketing comes a with a price: a fat- and calorie-laden meal that leaves many child obesity advocates feeling decidedly unhappy. San Francisco is proposing a ban on toys paired with unhealthy kids’ meals — should it go nationwide? Here’s our take.
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by Toby Amidor in Food News & Trends, May 29, 2009
In this week’s nutrition news: Exploring the link between depression and obesity, Ohio passes law to combat childhood obesity and CSPI threatens to sue the golden arches over Happy Meal toys.
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by Dana Angelo White in Dining Out, February 26, 2009
From this week’s healthy headlines: Weeds for dinner, Obama’s new food safety website, the most popular grilled foods, a new beef recall and McDonald’s egg-cellent decision.
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Mickey D’s has been talking up their healthier menu items, but what do the nutrition facts have to say? Here’s what to order — and what to avoid — next time you have to stop at the “golden arches.” (And, no, fries don’t make the good list.)
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