Across the United States workers in fast food operations are holding rapid strikes during prime service time to highlight their low pay. The action began in New York in January, and has since spread across the East and into the mid-West in McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Long John Silver and Popeye outlets.
International fast food chain, McDonald’s is predicting tough trading conditions for its operations in the coming year. In spite of a 4% rise in profits for the second quarter of the current year, slow trading around the world in July and a mere 1% increase in sales for the last quarter are signs of coming difficulties.
Seventy years after the US Army began research into a war-on-food strategy and the scene of the most bitter defeat in US history, Vietnam, is the setting for a remarkable reversal. This time the attack on Vietnam’s food industry and culture has been achieved by stealth rather than the massive herbicide bombardments by military aircraft initiated in 1963, with the announcement that McDonald’s has opened its first outlet in Vietnam.
US restaurant chain has joined KFC, Burger, King and others in the Vietnamese market with opening of an outlet in Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam joins Trinidad, Bosnia and Armenia as new outlets for the world’s largest fast food chain, which has expanded by 3000 outlets worldwide over the past five years.
The fad diet of the moment involves regular fasting, which, according to research improves general health by more than just the reduction in calorie intake that the diet demands. Whether this is good news for the challenge being posed by our increasing levels of obesity is a moot point, and one that begs the question; what is causing our obesity crisis?
McDonald’s New Zealand today announced that after 15 years, it will be launching a pilot to bring back the Kiwi legend, Georgie Pie.
Lamb has lost the battle for favoured Kiwi icon at the golden arches. April saw the end of the lamburger from McDonald’s standard menus around the country, but today’s announcement from McDonald’s that Georgie Pie is being relaunched has been expected.
Fast food chain operator, McDonald’s has been fined US$1.6 million for targeting advertising at children “not yet mature enough to make reasoned decisions”, by a Brazilian court. The charge was brought by consumer advocacy, Procon which cited, amongst other abuses, the toys McDonald’s gives away to attract children.
If food’s intrinsic qualities reflect its influence on human biology, eating McDonald’s hamburgers could be the perfect answer to ageing without wrinkles. A burger stored in a domestic cupboard for the past 14 years has just emerged in Utah looking much as it did the day it was filed away.
Our children should be made aware that there are different types of happy meals – and some are better food choices. If parents, educators and the food industry start putting more emphasis on animal welfare, our children will carry that message through into their future consumer behaviour.
An Adelaide woman is suing McDonald’s after she was burned by a takeaway coffee.
RSPCA UK has announced McDonald’s will switch to 100% British Freedom Food labelled pork – across its entire UK menu.