Response to McDonald's Happy Meal Food "Experiment" - About McDonald's: "McDonald's hamburger patties in the U.S. are made with 100% USDA-inspected beef. They are cooked and prepared with salt, pepper and nothing else - no preservatives - no fillers. Our hamburger buns are made from North American-grown wheat flour. Our world-famous French fries are made from potatoes and cooked in a canola-oil blend. These are the same foods that consumers buy every day in their local grocery stores - bread, meat and potatoes."
An Expensive Face-Lift On Burger King's Menu - BusinessWeek: "When Joyce Jacaruso Castillo grabbed a quick coffee at a McDonald's (MCD) in Manhattan last month, she was wowed by the low lighting, cushioned stools, and piped-in bossa nova music at one of the chain's newly remodeled units. The 69-year-old New Yorker doesn't feel the same vibe at rival Burger King (BKC), however. 'McDonald's is more uplifting,' she says. 'Burger King is so blah.'
Leveling that playing field could be expensive for the new private equity owners of Burger King Holdings, who agreed in September to buy the chain for $3.3 billion. Burger King Chief Executive Officer John W. Chidsey said last month that 85 percent of the chain's 7,200-plus locations in the U.S. need to be remodeled. Modernizing stores with the company's new '20/20' redesign will cost about $500,000 each, he said in June, with some going as high as $1.1 million. That could push the cost past $3 billion. 'The image is 20 years old,' says Charles M. Fallon, president of Burger King's North American business. 'We're working hard on making the economics work.'"
Watch Six Months of a Happy Meal's Eternal Life: "Sally Davies bought a McDonald's Happy Meal on April 26, 2010. She placed it on her coffee table, uncovered, and took photos every day for six months. This video shows the results, which are quite scary.
Six months—and she says there were no worms, mold, smell, or visible decomposition of any kind.
Perhaps you have seen similar things before, but the fact that anyone can repeat this simple experiment, the fact that a burger and fries can survive through six months—including New York's fierce summer—is just scary and gross. Even more so than knowing how some chicken nuggets are made and sterilized."
Select McDonald’s locations in Hong Kong are going to offer wedding packages for the bride on a serious budget – a banquet feast of fast food only costing hundreds of US dollars as opposed to thousands for a traditional wedding.
On top of the burgers and fries, McDonald’s will supply a wedding cake made of apple pies, said a McDonald’s spokeswoman. However, guests will have to make do without champagne – the restaurants are not licensed to have alcohol in their restaurants."