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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
Sector
Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure
Industry
Food Services
CEO
Stephen J. Easterbrook
Websitehttp://www.aboutmcdonalds.com
Employees420,000
Company Type
Public
Revenues ($M) (Last Fiscal Year)$25,413
Profits ($M) (Last Fiscal Year)$4,529
Market Value ($M)$101,379