McDonald’s strengthens its commitment to customers through “The Good Food Story”

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Announces re-engineering of its menu to make food more wholesome and nutritious

Mumbai, April 3, 2018: Hardcastle Restaurants Pvt Ltd (HRPL)is in an exciting phase in India with new store formats, digital interventions and menu innovations. Business has been on an upswing with 10 consecutive quarters of positive same store sales growth. To add to this excitement, the company, master franchisee for McDonald’s restaurants in west and south India,today announced‘The Good Food Story’to reinforce its commitment towardspromoting nutritive and wholesome food.

McDonald’s has beenservingthe Indian palatefor the last 22 years. Over the years, it has developed an indigenous menu completely unique to India.The brand has always been cognizant ofIndian sensibilities.It has kept its vegetarian kitchen separate from the non- vegetarian kitchen. The company also does not serve pork and beef in any of its restaurants in India.

McDonald’s strength lies in its ability to continuously evolve and remain relevant to its consumers.The Good Food Story is one such journey that the company has undertaken to bring nutritious and wholesome food to them.

The food giant has developed a menu that offers a wide array of choices to suit different preferences.There is a range of high protein products that have paneer, chicken, egg and fish. McDonald’s is the only restaurant chain in the Quick Service Restaurant space in India that has a special breakfast menu. The Sausage & Egg McMuffin, the Egg & Cheese McMuffin and theScrambled Eggs give just the right start to the day.

Outside of the signature burgers and fries, the company has launched ChatpataNaan- a truly Indian delicacy with an international form. With the recentlaunch of rice with the goodness of bulgar, basmati rice and fresh vegetablesin select markets, McDonald’s has ensured there is something for everyone.The menu also offers a plethora of sides and desserts to complete a meal.Through McCafé, itoffers a range of over 30 cold and hot dairy and fruit based beverages.

Amit Jatia, Vice-Chairman of Westlife Development Limited, said, “Our customers are increasingly adopting healthier lifestyles and trust the brands that behave responsibly and transparently, especially when it comes to food options. Ourgoal has always been to build a better McDonald’s by making little changes that add up to a big difference. All the modifications in ‘The Good Food Story’ have been a result of over three years of persistent re-engineering of our products just so that we could offer more wholesome and balanced food choices to our customers at a great value.”

This part of the company’s Good Food journey is what the customer will be able to see in the stores. But there is another path that the company has taken to ensure nothing but the best is served to its consumers.

· The sodium across fries, nuggets, patties and sauces has been reduced by over 20%. Limiting sodium intake is good for health

· The oil content in mayonnaise has been reduced by 40%, making it the first ever low-fat mayo in the Indian Quick Service Restaurant industry. This has brought down the fat content by up to 25% in its products resulting in calorie reduction by up to 11%

The result of these changes has been that the iconic McAlooTikkiBurger is now a balanced meal, in that it has the right balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat as recommended in the guidelines issued by the National Institution of Nutrition or NIN

· The other flagship product McVeggieBurger too, has the right balance of carbs and proteins. The patty has the goodness of five vegetables

· McDonald’s patties are 100% artificial preservative-free. While the patties never had artificial colour and flavour, they are now completely free of any artificialpreservatives

· The patties have been fortified with natural dietary fibreto make them wholesome.This also helps reduce oil absorption. The dietary fibre content in our flagship patties has gone up by as much as 20-25%

· All the wraps are now whole grain. The refined flour wraps have been replaced with whole grain wraps to increase their nutritional value

· The Soft Serve is made of 100% milk and is 96% fat-free. Itnonetheless retains the richness and mouthfeel that is expected of it

Commenting on this initiative by Hardcastle Restaurants Pvt Ltd Dr JS Pai, Executive Director, Protein Foods & Nutrition Development Association of India said, “The overall lifestyle of Indians is changing as many of them are leading a sedentary life with very little physical activity. This may cause obesity and deficiency of essential nutrients. It is a good step that restaurants are now offering food choices with better nutritional profile which are richer in protein and dietary fibre as well as lower in fat and sodium. This along with nutritional awareness will go a long way in ensuring a healthy lifestyle.”

Dr NileshAmritkar, Managing Director, Envirocare Labs Pvt. Ltd added that, “It is indeed good to know that fast foods can be health positive. I think this is a good effort and will have a positive impact on the food industry.”

NaazninHusein, President, Mumbai Chapter of the Indian Dietetic Association (IDA)said, “Reducing the salt and overall sodium content of the products are small yet significant steps initiated by McDonald’s. The effort taken to re-engineer their food towards a healthy shift is a good initiative. Using technology innovations to reduce overall fat content may be a sustainable solution towards responsible nutrition.

As Indians, majority of our population is protein-deficient. In the future, more concentration could also be placed on increasing protein in all products. The steamed egg is a great value-add. Healthier choices like wraps, steamed eggs and other such options should be added to the basket of products. Lastly but most importantly, portion control is important. Also, a takeaway message is that these foods are ’sometimes’ food and need not necessarily replace every day healthy balanced meals.”

For HRPL,nutrition and wholesomeness is not a ‘tickbox’. The company has worked on products across the board to make them better. Food is like technology, ever evolving and McDonald’s promise is to keep changing and responding to its customers to give them the best experience. This by no means is the end, the company will continue this journey and come back with more of what its consumers want!