Since its incorporation in 1955, McDonald's Corporation has not only become the world's largest quick-service restaurant organization, but has literally changed Americans' eating habits--and increasingly the habits of non-Americans as well. On an average day, more than 46 million people eat at one of the company's more than 31,000 restaurants, which are located in 119 countries on six continents. About 9,000 of the restaurants are company owned and operated; the remainder are run either by franchisees or through joint ventures with local businesspeople. In 1954 Ray Kroc, a seller of Multimixer milkshake machines, learned that brothers Richard and Maurice (Dick and Mac) McDonald were using eight of his high-tech Multimixers in their San Bernardino, California, restaurant. His curiosity was piqued, and he went to San Bernardino to take a look at the McDonalds' restaurant.

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Fresh Fruit in Happy Meals

McDonald's Introduces Fresh, Whole Fruit Option in Happy Meals

McDonald’s USA is making nutrition choices fun and easy for families with the introduction of its fresh, whole fruit side option in kids’ meals — Cuties California Clementines.

Starting in December at participating restaurants nationwide, kid sized Sun Pacific Cuties will join McDonald’s lineup of Happy Meal and Mighty Kids Meal side choices that currently includes apple slices and Go-GURT low fat Strawberry Yogurt. Cuties, grown in California, will be available during their peak season through March 2015.

The addition of Cuties supports McDonald’s ongoing dedication to children’s nutrition and well-being. Fresh Cuties offer an excellent source of vitamin C and provide about one-quarter cup of fruit. They can also be purchased a la carte.

The introduction of Cuties supports McDonald’s partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an organization founded by the American Heart Association and Clinton Foundation, to increase access to fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy and to help families make informed choices.

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