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McDonald’s elevates dairy with three new menu items


We all know that there is currently an overabundant supply of dairy on the market. In an effort to help that industry, which has been seeing historic hardships as of late, McDonald’s is pledging to use more dairy moving forward.

The fast-food giant, which has more than 14,000 restaurants in the U.S. alone, has worked with Dairy Management Inc. to create the following menu items:

  • McDonald’s Signature Crafted Recipes sandwiches and the Egg White Delight McMuffin will now feature sharp white cheddar cheese slices that are more than 30 percent larger than the pasteurized process version previously used. In conjunction with this change, a Signature Crafted Recipe — Garlic White Cheddar — will be added to the Signature Crafted Recipes lineup.
  • McDonald’s launched limited-time-offer McCafe Turtle Coffee Beverages with advertising starting April 2. Consumers can choose Turtle Macchiato Iced, Turtle Macchiato Hot, and Turtle Iced Coffee. These beverages join a McCafe lineup that offers dairy in 90 percent of its items.
  • McDonald’s in partnership with Coca-Cola recently launched a line of ready-to-drink McCafe Frappes at grocery stores nationwide. Three flavors — caramel, vanilla, and mocha — are available, and McDonald’s plans to expand its line-up later this year.

DMI manages the national dairy checkoff, and checkoff scientists who work onsite at McDonald’s headquarters helped to develop and launch these items containing real dairy.

“The McDonald’s employees are just as excited as we are to showcase the goodness and versatility of dairy,” said Porter Myrick, who has been working with the McDonald’s culinary team for five years. “They understand, as we do, that creating offerings such as these gives consumers what they want, and it’s also good for dairy farmers.”

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