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    A fast-food behemoth strikes a blow for better eating.

    When McDonald’s uses its scale for good, the ripple effect through the food chain is massive. Its decisions to offer only cage-free eggs and to adopt a stricter antibiotics policy with its chickens (both in the U.S.) are mainstreaming ideas that were once relevant only to foodies environmentalists and animal-welfare activists. This kind of food news—along with McNuggets free of artificial preservatives and buns made without high fructose corn syrup—is bringing the fast-food behemoth closer in line with how consumers today are eating. The shift is hardly altruistic. CEO Steve Easterbrook is betting that changing its food—and customers’ perception of it—will help revive the company. For more, see “Inside McDonald’s Bold Decision to Go Cage Free.”

    Company Information

    Impact Segment
    Public Health/Nutrition
    Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure
    Food Services
    Stephen J. Easterbrook
    Company Type
    Revenues ($M) (Last Fiscal Year)$25,413
    Profits ($M) (Last Fiscal Year)$4,529
    Market Value ($M)$101,379