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·         McDonald’s still outsells all your favorite fast-food chains

·         McDonald's May Be Getting Ready to Make a Brilliant Move That Will Change Everything



McDonald’s still outsells all your favorite fast-food chains


Dominick Suzanne-Mayer, The Takeout

Aug 5, 2019


These days, just about every major fast-food player is looking for ways to avoid being left behind. From going national with plant-based burgers to speeding up visits, from taking a page out of the competition’s playbook to offering unlimited food and opening hotels, every big chain is chasing the next thing that’ll truly distinguish it from its field of rivals.


However, at least through the end of 2018, McDonald’s continues to reign supreme over all other challengers, old and new alike. The annual QSR 50, a list of the 50 largest fast-food companies in the U.S. by sales, offers an overview of how the biggest “quick-service restaurants” are faring in the U.S. As the 2019 edition indicates, the golden-arched face of American dining is still well ahead of the pack, whether some diners like it or not. Some key takeaways from this year’s list:


·         Not only did McDonald’s double the system-wide sales of second-place finisher Starbucks in 2018, but it reportedly outsold Subway (#3), Taco Bell (#4), and Chick-fil-A (#5) combined.

·         Speaking of Subway, which as you may have heard is going through it right now, the 1,100+ restaurants it closed between 2017 and 2018 are just one of their present woes. Its average sales per store are the second-lowest in the entire top 50, and while the sheer number of Subway locations is likely skewing that figure (there are still 24,798 stores in the U.S., far more than even McDonald’s or Starbucks), it appears that the sandwich chain’s struggles are not over yet.

·         As previously reported here and elsewhere, the average single Chick-fil-A location...


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McDonald's May Be Getting Ready to Make a Brilliant Move That Will Change Everything

Research shows that 18 percent of American adults say they're trying to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diets. McDonald's and other fast-food giants want to help.


Peter Economy, Inc.

Aug 6, 2019


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Meatless, plant-based burgers are currently all the rage. With Burger King rolling out a meat-free Impossible Whopper nationwide on August 8, White Castle offering Impossible sliders, and TGI Fridays offering Beyond Burgers, an increasing number of restaurants are adding meat-free burgers to their menus.


But, where is McDonald's?


Actually, it appears McDonald's is working on its own version of a meatless burger to keep up with its American competitors. A few days ago, Crain's Chicago Business reported that Impossible Foods--one of the leading manufacturers of plant-based burgers--"is teaming up with a local food manufacturer that is a key supplier for McDonald's."


This would seem to indicate that McDonald's is making plans to introduce its own meatless burger in the company's U.S.-based restaurants--likely within the next year or so.


It's no secret that McDonald's has been selling meat-free burgers for some Europe. After testing in Sweden during fall 2017, the McVegan burger--featuring a soy-based patty was created by McDonald's with Swedish vegan food company Anamma--the item was permanently added to the menu of McDonald's restaurants in Finland and Sweden in December 2017.


According to news reports, 150,000 of the vegan burgers were sold in just one month. And in January 2019, McDonald's introduced a vegan McFalafel in Sweden, meatless "chicken" nuggets in Norway, and a vegan Spicy Veggie Wrap in the UK.


Now, it appears that it won't be long before McDonald's starts testing its own meat-free burger in the United States. Referring to McDonald's, Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy said, "By early next year, you will likely see a plant-based burger test in the U.S."


There certainly seems to be plenty of demand in this country for a meatless McDonald's burger. According to healthy living advocate Kathy Freston, whose petition to McDonald's has more than 225,000 signatures...