Global flavors, local tastes: The creative twist on McDonald’s fries around the world
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by Lukie Pieterse
3w ago
Fast food in America is known for its consistency, but McDonald's international outlets offer a delightful array of variations, particularly with French fries. McDonald's adapts to global tastes, resulting in unique offerings like gravy-loaded fries in Australia and sweet corn-seasoned fries in the Philippines. With over 38,000 locations, the company ensures local flavors meet the iconic McDonald's experience, making their fries not just famous but culturally versatile too ..read more
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‘A fry above the rest’: McCain Foods celebrated as McDonald’s Top Global Supplier of 2024
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by Lukie Pieterse
1M ago
At the 2024 Worldwide Convention, McCain Foods was awarded McDonald's Global Supplier of the Year out of over 3,000 suppliers for outstanding food safety, quality, sustainability, and supply chain innovation. Celebrating a partnership since 1977, this accolade commends their shared standards in global food service and commitment to excellence. McCain's dedication to sustainable potato supply and enhancing McDonald's offerings is recognized, promising future innovations in the fast-food sector ..read more
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Michigan State University scientists cracking the code to a healthier potato chip
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by Lukie Pieterse
2M ago
Michigan State University scientists made a discovery revealing the genetics behind cold-stored potatoes darkening and health risks. Published in The Plant Cell, the research could lead to new potato varieties resistant to cold-induced sweetening (CIS), reducing harmful acrylamide production during processing. This advancement is crucial for the U.S. snack industry, including Michigan's $240 million potato market, as it could ensure a consistent supply of fresh potatoes year-round while enhancing chips and fries quality ..read more
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Australian supermarkets place buying limit on frozen chips
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by Lukie Pieterse
5M ago
Australian supermarket giant Coles has introduced a two-item limit on frozen chips after flooding across the eastern coast impacted the supply of potatoes, according to a report by 1News. A Coles spokesperson told Nine that the limit, beginning on December 15, will likely be lifted within months. "Poor weather in the eastern states has affected supply of some frozen potato products across the industry," they said ..read more
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Relief to Kenyan potato farmers: New pest-resistant, high yielding variety introduced in the country
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by Lukie Pieterse
5M ago
Kenya's potato farmers are set to benefit from a new pest-resistant, high-yield potato variety. The Potato Consortium introduced the variety, which is in high demand globally, particularly by fast-food chains. The introduction will also usher in contractual farming, ensuring a ready market for farmers. This development is expected to increase yield, eliminate middlemen, and attract younger people to farming, thereby improving food security and farmers' livelihoods ..read more
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National Fish and Chip Day: Just Eat unveils the UK’s biggest fish and chip lovers
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by Lukie Pieterse
5M ago
Just Eat data shows the North East is the UK's top region for fish and chips, with over 50,000 orders this year. Cod is the most popular takeaway fish, and 73% of North East orders are for fish and chips. Across the UK, vinegar is the favourite condiment, especially among over 55s, while 18-34-year-olds prefer ketchup. Fluffy, thick-cut chips are most popular. Fish and chips rank as the seventh most popular UK cuisine on Just Eat, up from eighth in 2022 ..read more
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European frozen fry imports on thin ice: South Africa revives anti-dumping duties
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by Lukie Pieterse
5M ago
The South African government has reinstated anti-dumping duties on frozen potato chips imported from the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium after these imports were found to be undercutting local industry. While industry stakeholders praised the decision, concerns were raised about potential price increases for restaurants and shops. The number of potato farmers in South Africa has decreased by 14% over the past decade due to competitive pressures and production challenges, and further decline is expected ..read more
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Kenya to supply KFC and global restaurant chains with homegrown potatoes
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by Lukie Pieterse
5M ago
KFC and other global restaurant chains will soon be prohibited from importing pre-cut potatoes, as part of a policy change aimed at increasing the capacity of local farmers to supply these international establishments. Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui said: "We foresee that all varieties of potatoes used in KFC [restaurants] and other international food chains will be sourced from Kenya in the future ..read more
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McDonald’s to study pros and cons of reusable packaging
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by Lukie Pieterse
5M ago
McDonald's Corp. said it will weigh the pros and cons of reusable packaging in its restaurants worldwide, addressing an environmental predicament as European laws have begun to force the fast-food titan to offer its fare in more durable containers. Takeaway food and beverage packaging makes up 88% of the world's coastline litter, according to a 2021 study published in the journal Nature. Investors and governments are increasingly pressuring restaurants to cut plastic waste ..read more
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Price of hot chips soars due to Australia’s potato shortage
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by Lukie Pieterse
5M ago
Queenslanders are being burnt by hot chip [fries] prices. They're soaring to as much as $12 for a small serve in the wake of a sorry spud supply. As 7News Australia reports, some stores have had to go to drastic measures to keep their fryer full. Chip shops such as Good Lookin Rooster are now importing chips from countries such as the U.S. for twice the local price ..read more
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