Burger Dominance In The USA

Posted By Ben Goulding, 8 March, 2010 | permalink

Take a look at this ironically beautiful map which illustrates the territory controlled by seven of the largest burger chains in the USA compared to McDonald’s.

Link Via Consumerist

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America’s Worst French Fries

Posted By Ben Goulding, 1 March, 2010 | permalink

Men’s Health magazine have been searching the US to find the worst french fries in the country – in particular, the ones with the most calories, fat and salt content. The winner is Chili’s Texas Cheese Fries with Jalapeno Ranch, which contains a whipping 1,920 calories, 147 grams of fat (63 g saturated) and 3,580 mg of sodium. That’s a heart-attack on a plate.

The only thing that comes close to redeeming this cheesy mound of lard and grease is the fact that it’s ostensibly meant to be shared with a few friends. Even so, you’ll collectively be taking in an entire day’s worth of calories, three days’ allotment of saturated fat, and a day and a half’s allotment of sodium. What’s even scarier, if you can imagine, is that even if you try to order more sensibly and ask for the “half” order of Texas Cheese Fries, you’ll still receive a disastrous dish that packs in 1,400 calories. There’s one French fries side dish at Chili’s that’s acceptable, although even in its much-reduced form, you’d be better off splitting it.

Click the link if you want to find out the whole list of bad fries, and ‘what you should eat instead’.


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McDonald’s Adds Extra Drive-Through Lane In UK

Posted By Ben Goulding, 23 October, 2009 | permalink

mcdonalds two lane drive through

The UK recession has led to a boom in McDonald’s sales as people opt for cheap fast food, rather than splashing out on more expensive meal. As a result, McDonald’s is to open two lane drive-through restaurants to help cope with the increasing demand.

Despite numerous government campaigns for health eating, McDonald’s had its best summer ever in the UK this year, serving 100 million customers a month.

Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s UK chief executive. told The Sun: “We simply don’t have the capacity to serve the number of customers as quickly as we want to”.

The fast food chain has responded by opening dual entrances so that two drivers can order their meals simultaneously. Menus are also being printed on kerbside signs

The new system is being tested at outlets in Telford, Shropshire, Kent and Edinburgh. If successful, the scheme will be extended to up to 50 McDonald’s restaurants across the country.

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How Far Can You Get Away From McDonald’s?

Posted By Ben Goulding, 23 September, 2009 | permalink


We all know that McDonald’s is a huge company, and it seems like you can’t go anywhere in the U.S. without seeing one.

Stephen Von Worley created this map of the U.S. illustrating where all the McDonald’s outlets are. The most depressing fact came from this though, is that you’ll have to go to South Dakota to get 107 miles away from one.

Link (Thanks Matt!)

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McDonald’s Loses Trademark Battle With McCurry

Posted By Ben Goulding, 8 September, 2009 | permalink


McDonald’s has lost an eight year trademark battle, to prevent a small Malaysian restaurant using the “Mc” prefix, Malaysia’s highest court has ruled.

“The McCurry restaurant serves mainly roti and curries and opened in 1999.

Its logo does not resemble that of the burger chain and the owners say the name is a shortening of Malaysian Chicken Curry.”

McDonald’s now have to pay 10,000 ringgit ($2,900) to McCurry.


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How Long Do You Have To Work To Buy A Big Mac?

Posted By Ben Goulding, 21 August, 2009 | permalink

Big Mac

This chart shows the relative purchasing powers of major cities, based on the time needed to work in order to be able to buy a Big Mac.

“Fast-food junkies are best off in Chicago, Toronto and Tokyo, where it takes a mere 12 minutes at work to afford a Big Mac. By contrast, employees must toil for over two hours to earn enough for a burger fix in Mexico City, Jakarta and Nairobi.”


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Update: New Fast Food Mafia Characters

Posted By Ben Goulding, 30 July, 2009 | permalink

So, on July 22, I posted a great little illustration by Andrew Shirey of the fast food mafia. Well, since then it has been updated and there are new characters.

The new version features Jack in the Box, Papa John, Taco Bell, Panda Express, Quiznos, Subway, Sonics, and Dairy Queen as well as the original mafia. Check it out!

Updated Fast Food Mafia


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100% Computer Generated Burger, Fries And Drink

Posted By Ben Goulding, 23 July, 2009 | permalink

This may look like a normal McDonalds advertisement, but watch up to 28 seconds in.

They always look better in the commercials, don’t they?

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Fast Food Mafia

Posted By Ben Goulding, 22 July, 2009 | permalink

A great work of art illustrating a different side to iconic fast food characters.

Fast Food Mafia. By Andrew Shirey

Fast Food Mafia. By Andrew Shirey


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Burger King Goes Green

Posted By Ben Goulding, 9 July, 2009 | permalink

Burger King Goes GreenMcDonald’s is widely regarded as one of the most environmentally friendly fast food chains in the world with it’s recycling and tree planting schemes, however Burger King is now following in it’s footsteps to create a greener world.

A Burger King franchise in New Jersey said it would test out new speed bumps which would utilize kinetic energy when a vehicle passed over the bumps in the drive-through lane, which could then be used to power equipment in and around the restaurant.

Andrew Paterno, who owns twelve Burger Kings in the New York Metro area said “More than 150,000 cars drive through our Hillside store alone each year, and I think it would be great to capture the wasted kinetic energy of these hundreds of thousands of cars to generate clean electricity.”

This plan was announced on the same day that a McDonald’s in Cary, N.C stated that it would be setting up an electric vehicle charging station.

This is a move in the right direction for both Burger King’s PR and the environment, however now that it is clear that the restuarant has innovative potential, should it use it’s innovation and make it’s food healthier for us all?

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