A YouTuber journalist visiting a rebranded McDonald's in Russia says the air smells different, the buns aren't the same, and the Coke is flatter and not as sweet as the original
After McDonald's restaurants pulled out of Russia amidst the war in Ukraine, the restaurant was bought and rebranded as Vksuno i tochka.news.yahoo.com
The CEO of the rebranded Russian McDonald's isn't happy that some old franchisees are still using McDonald's branding and selling Big Macs
Some former McDonald's restaurants in Russia are selling Big Macs under a different name and are using packaging with its branding, Reuters reported.news.yahoo.com
McDonald's Russian restaurants have just reopened. Photos show thousands of people queueing for their first Big Mac when the chain arrived in Moscow in 1990.
The opening of Russia's first McDonald's, synonymous with capitalism and American culture, symbolized the impending collapse of the Soviet Union.news.yahoo.com
A fix for McDonald's soft-serve machines?
As the fast-food chain's non-functioning ice-cream machines became a national punchline, tech startup Kytch developed a device that helped franchisees get their machines back online – and that's when the fight over soft-serve began to really heat up.cbsnews.com
McDonald's says it will sell its Russia business after previously pausing operations due to Ukraine war
McDonald's said Monday that it would sell its business in Russia, a little more than two months after it paused operations in the country due to its invasion of Ukraine. "The humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, and the precipitating unpredictable operating environment, have led McDonald's to conclude that continued ownership of the business in Russia is no longer tenable, nor is it consistent with McDonald's values," the company said in a news release. McDonald's has more than 800 restaurants and 62,000 employees in Russia. McDonald's exit from Russia is a bitter end to an era. The company, among the most recognizable symbols of American capitalism, opened its first restaurant in Russia over 30 years ago as the communist Soviet regime was falling apart and Western businesses and ideas infiltrated the Iron Curtain.cnbc.com
McPlant and more: Beyond Meat inks McDonald's, Yum deals
Beyond Meat on Thursday announced distribution agreements with McDonald's as well as with Yum Brands, the parent company of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. Beyond Meat had limited partnerships with McDonald's and Yum Brands before, testing its products in limited geographies or with only an item or two. Chicago-based McDonald's will use the Beyond Meat partnership to roll out what it is calling the “McPlant” burger, as well as eventually plant-based pork, egg and chicken products. AdYum will use Beyond Meat to expand its “Beyond Fried Chicken” products, as well as pizza toppings at Pizza Hut. Burger King has partnered with Impossible Foods to provide products that use plant-based products as well.
Black franchise owner sues McDonald's, cites persistent bias
Washington, the Black owner of 14 McDonald's franchises in Ohio has sued the corporation in federal court asserting numerous instances of unfair treatment compared with white owners. “By relegating Black owners to the oldest stores in the toughest neighborhoods, McDonald’s ensured that Black franchisees would never achieve the levels of success that White franchisees could expect,” the lawsuit said. “Black franchisees must spend more to operate their stores while White franchisees get to realize the full benefit of their labors." He blames his advocacy on behalf of Black McDonald's owners for his troubles with the company. According to the lawsuit, the number of Black McDonald's franchise owners in the U.S. has fallen from 377 in 1998 to 186 today.
The Latest: Keselowski has no regrets about Daytona 500 end
Racers crash during the last lap in the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local):12:35 a.m.Brad Keselowski has no regrets about the way he handled the final lap of the Daytona 500. ___12:15 a.m.Michael McDowell won the Daytona 500 after Penske Racing teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski wrecked on the final lap. ___3:25 p.m.Derrike Cope was knocked out after only three laps, an ignominious end for the 62-year-old driver who won the 1990 Daytona 500. ___2 p.m.Bubba Wallace’s car failed inspection twice for the Daytona 500 and will have to start at the back of the field. AdWallace drives a new entry owned by NBA great Michael Jordan and three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin.
Here’s how you can get a 25-cent milkshake at McDonald’s today!
ROANOKE, Va. – Some days we could all use a sweet treat as a pick-me-up. Today, Jan. 28, McDonald’s is offering those who order through its app a small milkshake for $0.25 with a minimum $1 purchase. Make sure you don’t just roll up to the drive-through window because you will need to first make the order in the McDonald’s app. So, if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, you can purchase two cookies for $1. Or, if you want some health value, why not go with apple slices for $1.19?
McDonald's US sales strong in Q4, but COVID drags elsewhere
U.S. same-store sales jumped 5.5% in the October-December period, pumped up by new menu items like spicy Chicken McNuggets and a meal deal collaboration with Colombian singer J Balvin. For the full year, McDonald's said U.S. same-store sales __ or sales at stores open at least a year __ were up less than 1%, their sixth consecutive year of growth. But worldwide, same-store sales were down 1.3% for the quarter, reflecting store closures and limited operating hours in various markets across Europe, Latin America and Asia. For the full year, global same-store sales were down 7.7%, a bigger decline than the 7% drop Wall Street had forecast, according to analysts polled by FactSet. Earlier this week, Starbucks said its global same-store sales fell 5% in the October-December period.
Beyond Meat shares plummet on weak 3Q, McDonald's questions
Beyond Meat's stock plummeted Monday after company executives struggled to explain the company's weaker-than-expected third quarter sales and answer questions about whether it will make plant-based burgers for McDonald's. On top of that, McDonald's raised questions earlier in the day about its relationship with Beyond Meat. McDonald's tested a Beyond Meat burger in Canada earlier this year, and Beyond Meat President and CEO Ethan Brown insisted that his company continues to work with McDonald's on the McPlant. Brown said U.S. retail sales of Beyond Meat slowed in the July-September period despite increased availability in stores. At the same time, Beyond Meat said sales to restaurants and other venues continue to struggle.
McDonald's cult classic, the McRib, is coming back
This photo provided by McDonald's shows the McRib sandwich. McDonalds announced that it was bringing its barbeque slathered sandwich with the cult following back for yet another run on Dec. 2. (McDonald's via AP)NEW YORK – McRib, the fast food sandwich that went viral before viral was a thing, is back. McDonald's announced Friday that for the first time in eight years it will be offering nationwide its barbeque slathered sandwich with the cult following. McDonald's is reintroducing the McRib nationally as it tries to regain its footing during the pandemic, which left many of its dining rooms sparsely populated or empty, though drive-thrus continued to operate.
Someone created a website that tracks broken ice cream machines at McDonald’s, and it’s genius
But alas, while you may have gotten your Big Mac or McChicken, the ice cream machine is yet again broken, and your McFlurry dreams have been crushed. Not only are you upset, but so are the kids in the back seat who just wanted an ice cream cone. If only there was some way you could have known the ice cream machine was down, so you could have gone to a different McDonald’s with a working machine. A version of this scenario inspired 24-year-old software engineer Rashiq Zahid to created McBroken, a new website that tracks whether the ice cream machine at every McDonald’s is working or not. Only a true @McDonalds fan would go to these lengths to help customers get our delicious ice cream!
Drive-thru dominates even as dine-in restrictions ease
In contrast, at overseas McDonald’s locations, where drive-thru windows are less common, same-store sales dipped compared with a year ago. Domino's said its same-store sales overseas climbed 6.2% as stores in hard-hit markets like India and Spain reopened and more business migrated to delivery. Nearly all U.S. McDonald’s have drive-thru windows and its delivery business is rising. When combined with international sales, McDonald's same-store sales fell 2.2%. Still, that was significantly better than the second quarter, when same-store sales fell 24%.
McDonald's internal investigation extends beyond ousted CEO
An internal investigation by McDonalds of potential misconduct has extended beyond its former CEO who was forced out late last year. After Easterbrook was became McDonald's CEO in 2015 he named Fairhurst, a friend, to lead the human resource department. Yet in July, McDonalds received information from another company employee suggesting that Easterbrook had multiple affairs with subordinates. The same person also told the company about issues within the human resources department. McDonalds named Heidi Capozzi, who had worked for Boeing, as human resources chief in March.
Warrants reveal suspect in fatal shooting at Roanoke McDonald’s near Berglund Center
ROANOKE, Va. – LATESTCourt documents reveal the suspect in a Roanoke shooting on Wednesday afternoon that left one man dead. 18-year-old Arieon Roane allegedly killed 21-year-old Sincere DeGroat in the parking lot of a McDonald’s near the Berglund Center, according to court documents. Warrants claim Roane and DeGroat met at the McDonald’s, got into an argument and then shot each other. UPDATEThe Roanoke Police Department announced the name of the man who was shot and killed Wednesday in a McDonald’s parking lot. ORIGINAL STORYOne person is dead and a second person was shot at the McDonald’s on Williamson Road on Wednesday afternoon.
McDonald’s will soon require customers nationwide wear a mask
ROANOKE, Va. – While Virginians already have to wear them, soon, McDonald’s customers across the country will be required to wear a mask as well. The fast-food giant announced on Friday that beginning, August 1, all customers will be required to wear some type of face covering while inside a McDonald’s. The company has developed a series of divider panels to allow for safer order taking and it’s pausing reopening its dining rooms for another 30 days. This means that the company will not approve the re-opening of any additional dining rooms for the next month. McDonald’s joins a large number of other national businesses that are requiring masks.
McDonald’s giving frontline workers free ‘Thank You Meals’ for two weeks
To show its thanks to frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic, McDonald’s is offering health care workers and first responders free “Thank You Meals” from April 22 to May 5. Each meal, whether you choose breakfast, lunch or dinner, is free through the drive-thru or carryout at participating McDonald’s. A note of appreciation will also be served alongside the food in its iconic Happy Meal box. The meal choice for breakfast includes an Egg McMuffin, Chicken McGriddles or a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit. “We are proud to be able support our neighbors who are on the frontlines as first responders and healthcare workers with Thank You Meals.”A valid ID will be required to claim the free meal.
Kyle Larson fired after sponsors drop NASCAR driver over slur
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As sponsor after sponsor dropped Kyle Larson after he used a racial slur during a live-streamed virtual race, his NASCAR team owner was backed into a corner. “I told Kyle he can come back from this; he can even come back from this with our team,” Ganassi told The Associated Press. Ross Chastain, under contract as a development driver for Ganassi, will likely replace Larson whenever racing resumes. “After much consideration, Chip Ganassi Racing has determined that it will end its relationship with driver Kyle Larson,” Ganassi said in a statement. Larson was thought to be deciding between Ganassi or a move to Tony Stewart’s NASCAR team.
NASCAR’s Kyle Larson suspended for racial slur in virtual race
FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2020, file photo, Kyle Larson gets ready to climb into his car to practice for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Kyle Larson used a racial slur on a live stream Sunday. The decision came hours after NASCAR and Chip Ganassi Racing suspended Larson indefinitely, his team doing so without pay. Larson was parked during the race Wallace quit a week earlier by iRacing officials for intentionally wrecking another driver. Larson, in his seventh full season racing at NASCAR's top Cup level, is in the final year of his contract with Chip Ganassi Racing. Larson used the slur during a race for fun against drivers from various series.
Well that’s one way to describe how big a hailstone is...
One storm moved through Jones County, dropping large hail near Jeffery Craig’s home in the Tuckers Crossing community. Storm Reports (3/4/2020) (WSLS)Yes, he used a McDonald’s sauce packet! Jeffery, by chance could you measure the length of that sauce packet? — NWS Jackson MS (@NWSJacksonMS) March 4, 2020Jeffery responded that the sauce packet measured 2.375 inches, so the NWS meteorologists concluded that the hailstone was close to tennis-ball sized, about 2.5 inches. While this is a hilarious way to send in a storm report, we suggest you use the typical objects to measure hail size the next time we see any in southwest Virginia.
How You Can Get a Hold of Nostalgic Toys Like Tamagotchi and Furby Again
The chain is reintroducing timeless toys that appeared in Happy Meals throughout the years to celebrate the childhood staple's 40th birthday. The current toys are being swapped for play things of old, like Furby, Hello Kitty and the beloved Tamagotchi. TamagotchiMcDonald'sWho didn't love to feed and care for their Tamagotchi in the 90s and 2000s? FurbyMcDonald'sA mini version of another Hasbro toy that most kid had the Furby will be available too. Hello KittyMcdonald'sThe Hello Kitty brand was an extreme craze in the 2000s, and in 2013, McDonalds introduced the Sanrio toy into their Happy Meals.