Category Archives: Fast Food

McDonalds Has A New Meatless Burger In Italy

A new burger has hit the order menu at McDonalds, a meatless burger aimed at the chocolate-loving crowds in Italy. It’s called the Nutella burger, though by traditional standards it might hardly be considered a burger. It does come packaged in a burger box just like the other main meal sandwiches do at McDonalds, and even has the regular buns surrounding it. But take one bite out of it and instead of being greeted by the expected rich beef flavor, you’d find a rich dark chocolate taste instead. This new sandwich is ordered as part or the McCafe menu, and is the second major chocolate experiment put out by McDonalds this year after they introduced chocolate-covered fries in Japan.


So how has this new dessert sandwich performed? Quite well considering McDonalds’ social media page blew up with over 60,000 Facebook shares, and certainly has trended over in Europe. What will the success of this burger mean for McDonalds and the chocolate market in the future? Could we possibly be seeing the start of a side McChocolate franchise? Who knows, but this novelty has certainly gained traction on a pretty large scale. It’s currently only available to order in Italy, but with all the likes and shares its gotten on social media, many are calling for it to make its way to the US.


Willy Wonka would probably have been proud to see the day that chocolate started becoming popular in the fast food markets. Nutella has long been a widely-craved product in Italy, with McDonalds even offering nutella jars for purchase. But one thing is for sure, dessert is just as important a menu as the main course, and soon enough we might see other fast food hubs like Wendy’s, Hardees, and Burger King explore the chocolate markets. But for those who might be planning to travel to Italy some time soon, stopping at McDonalds while there will not be quite the same as home.


Bojangles Makes Move to Target Millennials

The world of fast food is changing. Chains are targeting the newest generation of consumers with updated menus and interior spaces. McDonald’s has added calorie counts, healthier fare and even flavored coffees to its menu in an effort to win over young consumers. Bojangles is taking a hint from the Golden Arches and embarking on its own update.


It’s hard to make fried chicken healthy, so Bojangles is heading in another direction. It’s adding amenities that appeal to Millenials. In Greenville, South Carolina, the chain is showing off its  latest plans.  The cutting edge restaurant is intended to create a hang-out space like a modern coffeehouse, making Bojangles a destination, not a drive-through.


Redesigned stores will feature a number of updates. Free wireless internet will be available. Charging stations for phones, e-readers and laptops will be present throughout the store. Both features will encourage diners to spend extra time in the store. A biscuit theater will let visitors watch dough turn into biscuits. Even the dining space is being redesigned with modern furniture and fewer tables, creating a more enjoyable area.


Every new Bojangles will feature the updates. The dining rooms will host wooden chairs and an elevated table with bar-style stools. Exposed brick walls will create an industrial feel. Bright yellow lights add a splash of color.


It’s not clear how encouraging diners to hang around and take up table space will lead to increased profits. Independent coffeeshops struggle to stay afloat with millennial customers who stay for 8 hours and buy $3 of coffee. Perhaps Bojangles knows something they don’t.




The Origin And Growth Of The OSI Group

In 1909 Otto Kolshowsky, a German immigrant, started a family meat market. It was located in Oak Park, Illinois. Eight years later he moved it to Maywood, Illinois and expended it to include the wholesale meat. By 1928 the company then called Otto & Sons had developed a reputation for offering the best quality meats. In 1955 the company made an agreement to be the exclusive supplier to a new fast food franchise called McDonald’s. As McDonald grew nationally, Otto & Sons grew with them. Otto & Sons opened the first of their high volume meat plants in 1973 in West Chicago. Two years later the company changed it’s name to OSI Industries.

The new facility featured liquid nitrogen freezing tunnels and patty-forming machines. The company also created a separate unit to handle its non-McDonald’s business like providing area restaurants with specialty meats and local supermarkets with processed meats. It was called Glenmark. Today the company is called the OSI Group and its headquartered in Aurora, Illinois.

It’s now a privately owned meat processing company that provides retail stores, fast food chains and other parts of the international food service industry with fresh and processed meat products.

The OSI Group has 65 plants located in Eastern and Western Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and North America. In the U.S. they have processing plants in Chicago, West Chicago and Geneva, Illinois, Riverside, California, Oakland, Iowa, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin and West Jordan, Utah. They produce bacon, fish, hot dogs, meat patties, pizza, pork, poultry, dough and vegetable products for companies like Papa John’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Subway and other western fast food chains doing business in China. The OSI Group also produces and co-packs products for private label brands, retail customers and food service companies.

OSI Group has received numerous awards for health and safety risk management and environmental management. Today they have over 20,000 employees has $6.1 billion in annual assets and is the 58 largest company in the United States. Otto Kolshowsky’s children are no longer part of the company. The OSI Group is now led by Sheldon Lavin the company chairman and CEO as well as CFO Sherry DeMeulenaere. The company is now internationally known and respected for its quality meat, vegetable and dough products. Over the past 100 plus years OSI Group has grown from being a local Chicago area meat market into a global company.

The Flavors Of Summer

When you think about summer, you probably think about grilling hamburgers and hot dogs with family and friends. While the simple dinner items are delicious alone, there are a few ways that you can make them a little better while offering options for your guests.

A burger bar is a fun way for everyone to be able to put what they want on their hamburger. Set up a long table with hamburger that are either already on buns or without the bread at one end of the table with bowls of toppings scattered along the table. Include healthy items, such as lettuce, tomatoes and onions and a few fun items that include slices of bacon and mushrooms. Small jars can be used to hold condiments, such as mustard and mayonnaise.

If you’re looking for a hearty burger, consider one that is made with cheese stuffed in the center. Add a few bacon bits for a flavor that is similar to a bacon cheeseburger. Brush a bit of melted butter on the bun before toasting for a delicious meal once the hamburger is added.

When you grill a hot dog, you probably put a little bit of everything on top. Homemade relish adds a comforting flavor to the hot dog along with a bit of homemade slaw and chili. The hot dog is a food that can be paired with almost anything, and you can usually put anything on it that satisfies your desire for flavor. Whether it’s cheese and chili or sauerkraut, you can make your hot dog to blend with any area of the world.

Sometimes, beef hamburgers just don’t do the trick, especially for those who are trying to eat healthier. Turkey hamburgers are an option. Make them with fresh ground turkey and a few herbs to give a refreshing flavor in a hamburger. Top with bacon and lettuce for a satisfying meal that features fewer calories than the traditional hamburger that is piled with cheeses and other ingredients.

For Many Hungry Olympians, McDonald’s Is The Food Of Choice

A current online article that I just read mentions how the McDonald’s restaurant that is in operation at the site of the 2016 Olympics is attracting steady streams of customers.

According to this article, many of the approximately 10,000 athletes, coaches and staff members who are temporarily staying at the Olympic Village are choosing to eat Big Macs and fries over other types of food that are served at the main food court. From morning until nighttime, there are lines of people from all over the planet waiting to acquire some of this fast food.

It would be logical to assume that the professional athletes at the Olympics would be on special diets that would probably not include lots of McDonald’s food. But, since they are human beings with appetites, the lure of McChicken sandwiches, milkshakes and apple pies is apparently too strong for multitudes of Olympians.

McDonald’s is a longtime sponsor of Olympic events and all of the food for the athletes, coaches and other personnel is provided free of charge. Whether the free status of the food is a large contributing factor in the massive interest in McDonald’s food at the Olympics is up for speculation.

Being a fan of the foods served at McDonald’s restaurants, I can understand the appeal of the chains’ menu offerings. Even though the main dining hall at the village offers free foods such as pizza and pasta, Asian and Brazilian items, BBQ foods, sandwiches, fresh fruit, and traditional dishes from around the world, they seemingly aren’t enough to satisfy the appetites of the masses.

Even while it has been raining outside, hungry and determined Olympians have been standing in lines that have been described as being longer than a football field.

Apparently in an effort to speed up the lines, McDonald’s this week announced that a limit of 20 items per customer can be ordered at one time.

This article really got me to thinking about the McDonald’s operation at the Olympics. With long lines of customers present both day and night, the restaurant must need a lot of employees, as well as regular replenishment of food supplies. I also can’t help but wonder what will become of this McDonald’s restaurant when the Olympic games end.

French Fries With Curry Sauce Are A Tasty And Popular Snack Food

Being a longtime foodie, I just love reading about different types of foods. Earlier today, I came across an online article that was about French fries with curry sauce.

Since I am already a fan of French fries that are seasoned with curry powder, I was interested in reading the article as soon as I saw it.

In this article, the author mentions how much she enjoyed a meal that she recently ate at an Irish pub in Fairfax, Virginia.

The meal that she shared with her husband included fare such as bangers and mash, a burger with gravy, and crab bisque. The food that she enjoyed there the most, however, was an order of French fries served with curry sauce.

The article’s author goes on to say that French fries are not usually one of her favorite foods, but when they are served with curry sauce, they become an addictive snack for her.

Several years ago, I first learned about the popularity of curry-flavored French fries in England and Ireland. When cooking frozen French fries in the oven at home, I often rub some curry powder into the fries before placing them in the oven. The resulting flavors are indeed quite delicious.

Although I’ve never eaten French fries with curry sauce, after reading this short yet appetizing article, I definitely want to try eating this popular taste sensation.

The McGriddle is Now an Option All Day Long

Nine months after McDonald’s announced that they would start offering their breakfast menu throughout the day, the list of available items has expanded to add one item that hadn’t been included in that decree, the McGriddle. Company officials made the announcement on July 6.

First introduced in 2003, the McGriddle had become popular enough to challenge the the Egg McMuffin, which has been the company’s long-standing breakfast leader for decades. The items that primarily make it up include a combination of egg and fried bacon with American cheese, with the buns replaced by smaller maple-flavored griddle pancakes that show the company logo on each side. In some instances, sausage is used, while a few regional options include chicken or spam.

Prior to this decision, McDonald’s customers had the opportunity to purchase the McMuffin after 10:30 a.m., which has usually been made in one of two ways. Restaurants based in the southern United States used biscuits while other outlets used English muffins.

McDonald’s has enjoyed a 5.4 percent boost in same-store sales since making the original decision and in January, posted its largest quarterly sales since 2012. However, throughout the past nine months, continuous requests to also make the McGriddle available were finally listened to by the company’s top brass.

Some areas already had the option of purchasing McGriddles all day, beginning with 72 outlets in Oklahoma on February 1. Less than two months later, a plan to add 1,000 more locations to that list was announced by the company.