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· McDonald's goes bacon crazy: Cheesy Bacon Fries, Big Mac Bacon and Quarter Pounder Bacon
· Tension escalates between McDonald’s and franchisees over remodels
McDonald's goes bacon crazy: Cheesy Bacon Fries, Big Mac Bacon and Quarter Pounder Bacon
Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY
Jan. 9, 2019
McDonald's is going hog wild.
The chain is launching Cheesy Bacon Fries on Jan. 30, along with the Big Mac Bacon burger and Quarter Pounder Bacon burger, the company said Wednesday.
As the fast-food chain explained in its official announcement, "'That’s too much bacon,' said no one ever."
Except maybe a cardiologist.
The trio of new menu items will be available for a limited time at participating U.S. restaurants.
Here are the deets about the trio of new menu items:
· Cheesy Bacon Fries: Fries topped with cheddar cheese sauce and smoked bacon bits
· Big Mac Bacon: Three pieces of Applewood smoked bacon with two beef patties, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun
· Quarter Pounder Bacon: Three pieces of Applewood smoked bacon atop a burger, which at most restaurants in contiguous U.S. is made with fresh beef
"People love bacon, and they love our iconic Big Mac, fresh beef Quarter Pounder burgers and World Famous Fries, so we had to see what would happen if we combined all that tastiness," McDonald’s manager of culinary innovation Michael Haracz said in a statement...
Tension escalates between McDonald’s and franchisees over remodels
‘Stop everything,’ newly formed franchisee group tells operators
Nancy Luna, Nation's Restaurant News
Jan 09, 2019
The tension between McDonald’s Corp. and its operators escalated this week as a newly formed franchisee coalition has asked its members to halt any commitments to new remodels.
“To put it bluntly, stop everything that is not currently in the works,” the National Owners Association told members this week in an email.
The franchisee advocacy group formed in late fall as an independent organization to work with McDonald’s to impact the system positively. Specifically, the group has been concerned about eroding profits, lack of control over menu pricing and costs tied to the “Experience of the Future” remodel program.
McDonald’s declined to comment on the NOA letter. However, in a statement, the company said: “We are committed to continuing to work closely with our franchisees so they have the support they need to run great restaurants and provide great quality experiences and convenience for our guests.”
The modernization project, which McDonald’s slowed last year, is the primary focus of the NOA memo. A small number of NOA members are concerned specifically about the project’s so-called “SAM Wall,” or service area modernization barrier, that separates the front counter from the kitchen.
“The opposition is overwhelming,” according to the NOA email, a copy of which was sent to Nation’s Restaurant News.
A majority of the roughly 180 franchise members surveyed said...
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