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Fast-Food Fantasy Come to Life? the 'McWhopper'

This could be happening if Burger King gets its wish to team up with McDonald's

(Newser) - Imagine Ronald McDonald and the Burger King monarch working the grill together for one glorious day. That's BK's proposal to its No. 1 rival, put forth on its McWhopper.com , which suggests the two fast-food foes team up on Sept. 21 to create a sandwich by that very... More »

'Quarter Pounders' Are No Longer Quarter Pounders

McDonald's quietly beefs up burger

(Newser) - The McDonald's Quarter Pounder, aka the "Royale With Cheese," no longer lives up to its name: According to its website, the chain has upped the beef content to 4.25 ounces, which shrinks to a little over 2.8 ounces after cooking, reports CNBC . Whether the price... More »

McDonald's New Menu Item: 'Lettuce' Burger

It's part of new burger-building option

(Newser) - McDonald's has become the latest fast-food chain to offer a bunless burger and the bread replacement is something a lot healthier than the fried chicken in KFC's Double Down: lettuce. The "lettuce burgers" have been introduced as part of the chain's "Create Your Taste" burger-building... More »

Parents: McDonald's Minion Toy Has Potty-Mouth

Some claim they hear WTF

(Newser) - McDonald's says some customers have complained that a talking toy included in recent Happy Meals uses a vulgar phrase: WTF, only not abbreviated. The fast-food restaurant introduced a Happy Meal on July 3 with toys inspired by the movie Minions, and reports started trickling out after that of parents... More »

McDonald's US Store Count to Shrink for First Time

Rep says move should help prepare for future growth

(Newser) - McDonald's will close more US locations than it opens this year for what the AP reports is "the first time in more than 40 years, and perhaps ever." While it isn't clear how many of the chain's 14,300 American stores will close, a rep... More »

Ex-Obama Spokesman Gibbs Is Now a Fast-Food Honcho

He'll run global communications for McDonald's

(Newser) - From the White House to the ... golden arches? Former Obama spokesman and adviser Robert Gibbs is now in charge of global communications for McDonald's, reports Politico . CEO Steve Easterbook explains that Gibbs, who left the White House in 2011, brings “experience and outside perspective to McDonald’s as... More »

McDonald's Is Changing How It Preps Its Buns

Fasten your seatbelt: the toasting times, they are a-changing

(Newser) - McDonald's has floated some pretty radical changes in its apparently relentless zeal to reboot , or as CEO Steve Easterbrook puts it, the chain's "recommitting to hotter, tastier food." The latest is literally "hotter," but not so radical: As Time reports, the chain will begin... More »

No More Big Macs for Gitmo Inmates in Lawyer Meetings

Food during Guantanamo legal consults forbidden for 'health,' 'safety' reasons

(Newser) - Guantanamo Bay inmates accustomed to snacking on falafel, hummus, and kebabs—as well as fare from the on-base Pizza Hut or Mickey D's—brought in by their legal teams during visits will now have to confer on an empty stomach. In a "procedural modification" to existing rules about... More »

Man Sues Over 'Unreasonably Dangerous' McNugget

Zebadiah Anderson said it landed him in the ER

(Newser) - "The Subject Chicken McNugget constituted an unreasonably dangerous product when put to use for which it was intended." So read court documents filed yesterday by Zebadiah Anderson in relation to a nugget he consumed at a Chicago McDonald's in May 2013. The Cook County resident claims that... More »

McDonald's Is Actually Testing Kale

And the Hamburglar is back after biding his time in the suburbs

(Newser) - McDonald's is bringing back the Hamburglar, but maybe they should rename him the Kale Kidnapper: The company announced yesterday that nine locations in California are testing breakfast bowls that include kale, reports Reuters . The chain poked fun at kale in an ad earlier this year , declaring it would never... More »

How McDonald's Plans to Turn Itself Around

CEO Steve Easterbrook expects 'bumpy' path ahead

(Newser) - It's been a difficult few years for McDonald's, with sales falling. Now the company is unveiling a plan to address what CEO Steve Easterbrook calls the "urgent need to reset this business," CNBC reports. "The reality is our recent performance has been poor. The numbers... More »

McDonald's Ditches 7 Sandwiches in Menu Reboot

Say goodbye to the Quarter Pounder Deluxe and a lot of chicken

(Newser) - If the McDonald's Quarter Pounder Deluxe is a staple, you'll need a new go-to meal. The Golden Arches is axing that particular burger, six chicken sandwiches, and a handful of other offerings, Bloomberg reports, in an initiative meant to cut service times and even add healthier fare. The... More »

McDonald's to Raise Pay 10% for Workers

But move doesn't affect most stores, those owned by franchisees

(Newser) - It's good news for McDonald's workers in the US, or at least for the ones who happen to work in restaurants owned by the chain instead of by a franchisee: The Wall Street Journal reports that starting on July 1, the company will pay its workers at least... More »

McDonald's Cuts Some Additives From Chicken

'Artisan Grilled Chicken' won't contain sodium phosphates, maltodextrin

(Newser) - McDonald's says it's simplifying its grilled chicken recipe to remove ingredients people might not recognize, marking the latest sign the company is rethinking its menu to keep up with changing tastes. The company says it expects the new "Artisan Grilled Chicken" to be in its more than... More »

Can All-Day Breakfast Turn McDonald's Around?

Chain needs to solve griddle riddle first

(Newser) - Forget kale burgers . McDonald's latest strategy to turn around sagging sales is giving customers something they've apparently been long clamoring for: breakfast for lunch or dinner. The company says it's going to try out serving McMuffins, hash browns, and so on throughout the day at some outlets... More »

Taco Bell Is Turning a Biscuit Into a Taco

We know what you're eating for breakfast come Thursday

(Newser) - The newest weapon in the breakfast wars is a biscuit shaped like a taco. Taco Bell is launching a "biscuit taco" this week and ditching its "waffle taco," which got widespread attention last year when it was included in the rollout of the chain's breakfast menu... More »

Workers: McDonald's Told Us to Put Mustard on Burns

Condiments replaced first-aid kits, safety complaints say

(Newser) - Instead of being offered burn cream, McDonald's workers who suffered severe burns on the job were asked if they wanted mustard or ketchup on that, according to recently filed safety complaints. In some of the 28 safety complaints filed in 19 states over the last couple of weeks with... More »

McDonald's Savior: Kale?

One analyst thinks it's coming to the menu

(Newser) - In January, a McDonald's ad for the Big Mac made a point to make fun of kale. Funny how fast things can change when a new CEO comes aboard amid declining store sales. A market analyst says McDonald's will be adding kale as an ingredient to something on... More »

McDonald's Chicken Will Soon Be Free of Human Antibiotics

Move could help fight drug-resistant superbugs

(Newser) - As experts warn of the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," one culprit is the drugs used to treat farm animals . McDonald's is now taking a step to fix the issue: The restaurant chain's US operation will no longer use chicken that's been treated with human... More »

20-Year-Old Quarter Pounder Looks About the Same

Aussie mates promote aging burger for charity

(Newser) - Wonder how long a Quarter Pounder with cheese can last? Two Australians say they bought a few McDonald's burgers for friends back in 1995, when they were teens, and one of the friends never showed up. So the kid's burger went uneaten—and stayed that way, Australia's... More »

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