McDonald’s Announces Big Changes To Half Of Their Menu Including Using Real Butter And Healthier McNuggets
McDonald’s has seen customers leave them for healthier options and they are finally making actual changes to their menu in an attempt to serve the health-conscious consumer. McDonald’s announced that they have revamped nearly half of their menu to be healthier including their buns, sausage, and Chicken McNuggets.
On Monday, the fast food giant revealed that their McNuggets, sausage patties, and eggs will not have artificial colors. They also stated that they would no longer use high-fructose corn syrup in their buns, instead they would use sugar. They will now use real actual butter from margarine for its Egg McMuffins. McDonald’s will also make a big change on their most popular item, removing artificial preservatives from their McNuggets.
The changes come after three straight years of declining guest counts at their locations in the United States. Earnings were stagnant with $1.09 billion in 2015, compared with $1.2 billion in the same period the year before.
“Why go to the position of trying to defend them, if the consumer is saying, I prefer not to have that particular ingredient in my food?” said Mike Andres, president of McDonald’s U.S., during an event at the company’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois.
“We’re really cooking with real ingredients,” said Jessica Foust, director of culinary innovation at McDonald’s.
However, some modifications such as substituting sugar for high-fructose corn syrup doesn’t magically make the food healthier.
Marion Gross, senior vice president for supply chain at McDonald’s, revealed the fast food chain are trying to use better alternatives that are more pricey, but are morally superior. They are purchasing some cage-free eggs to hopefully implement into the menu on a nationwide level. The company set a goal to use antibiotic-free chicken by 2017, but they have already achieved that goal.
With a late night “walk-thru” for drunk patrons and a better menu, it seems that McDonald’s is headed in the right direction.