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  • Aug 31, 2014
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McDonald's is the world's largest fast food restaurant chain, serving an estimated 68 million customers daily in 119 countries. It was founded in 1940 by Richard and Maurice McDonald, who pioneered the idea of operating a hamburger business using production line principles.

Vietnam tries Big Macs as first McDonald's opens in Ho Chi Minh

Four decades after the Vietnam war ended, US fast-food company McDonald's opened its first restaurant in the communist country, aiming to lure a rising middle class away from rice and noodles.

Sunday, 9 February, 2014, 4:13am

McDonald's to offer more healthy choices to value menu customers

McDonald's says it will offer value menu customers a side order of salad, fruit or vegetables as an alternative to French fries. However, some analysts have attributed the move to an attempt to boost static sales.

29 Sep 2013 - 5:19am

Want fries with that? Why not a salad instead, McDonald's says

Hold the fries, pass the salad. McDonald’s said on Thursday it would offer healthy options as part of its popular value meals, letting customers choose a side salad, fruit or vegetables instead of french fries.

The announcement by the world’s largest fast-food chain comes as more companies respond to government and consumer pressure to address the global obesity epidemic.

27 Sep 2013 - 11:21am 1 comment

Tycoon’s 10-year crusade to get a Big Mac in Vietnam

Tycoon Henry Nguyen mopped floors, flipped burgers and even cleaned toilets over a 10-year campaign to convince McDonald’s Corp to let him bring Big Macs and Happy Meals to communist Vietnam.

6 Aug 2013 - 1:58am

Vietnam PM's son-in-law gets McDonald's franchise

McDonald's will open its first restaurant in Vietnam after awarding the franchise to the son-in-law of the prime minister, the company said yesterday. The burger chain is a relative latecomer to Vietnam, where other Western brands such as Starbucks, Subway and Pizza Hut have already opened stores.

17 Jul 2013 - 4:06am

Never say Dai Mingfang, it sounds too feminine

Why is it that Frank Dai Mingfang, the chairman of solar-panel equipment maker Hanergy Solar Group, is so careful about the use of his name? At a recent press briefing, he was asked by a sharp-eyed reporter why his name always appeared in his company's English-language press announcements but never in its Chinese ones.

12 Jun 2013 - 3:56am

Kerala's anti-US communists allow McDonald's to open first outlet

The opening of a new McDonald's outlet in India is not usually news. The fast-food chain already boasts 300 restaurants. But for McDonald's to open its first outlet in the communist-dominated state of Kerala is remarkable because the party there usually treats burgers, along with nefarious drinks like Coca-Cola, as emblems of American cultural imperialism.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:36am

Talking points

Egg McMuffins will be given away free to early birds up to 11am at about 230 McDonald's restaurants as part of the chain's National Breakfast Day regional initiative.

18 Mar 2013 - 1:41am

Hackers target Burger King's Twitter account

Which burger giant do hackers prefer - McDonald’s or Burger King? According to the latest hacking incident ­– McDonald’s.

@BurgerKing, the official Twitter account of Burger King Worldwide, was hacked on Tuesday after midnight.

19 Feb 2013 - 2:25pm

McDonald’s to become 'Macca’s' in Australia

Global fast food chain McDonald’s is embracing its Australian nickname Down Under, with selected stores around the country changing their signage on Tuesday to “Macca’s”.

The world-first change -- a temporary measure -- comes after a branding survey commissioned by the hamburger restaurant found that 55 per cent of Australians called the company by its shortened name.

8 Jan 2013 - 10:12am