Wendy’s roasts McDonald’s over new ‘fresh’ burger offering

After years of run-up, Mickey D’s is rolling out non-frozen, cooked-to-order Quarter Pounders. Its fast-food rival was keen to note that the meat in many of the chain’s other items is still frozen.

Wendy’s never pulls a punch—at least not on Twitter.

On Tuesday, McDonald’s announced it would begin the rollout of fresh-meat Quarter Pounders to selected restaurants, with the full change coming to all its locations by May.

The Associated Press reported:

McDonald’s said Tuesday that it is serving Quarter Pounders with fresh beef rather than frozen patties at about a quarter of its U.S. restaurants, a switch it first announced about a year ago as it works to appeal to customers who want fresher foods. It will roll out fresh beef Quarter Pounders to most of its 14,000 U.S. restaurants by May.

The fast-food giant, which has relied on frozen patties since the 1970s, said workers will cook up the fresh beef on a grill when the burger is ordered.

Many noted that Wendy’s has been trolling McDonald’s for its use of frozen beef, including a savage Super Bowl ad that derided the practice.

The AP continued:

Fresh beef has always been used by rival Wendy’s, which aired a Super Bowl commercial last month criticizing the “flash frozen” beef at McDonald’s. A Wendy’s Co. representative gave a frosty response Tuesday, saying that “it’s awesome” that McDonald’s “is recommitting to using frozen beef on the majority of its hamburgers.”

Others noted that the move comes in response to a general industry trend toward fresh ingredients.

CNN Money reported:

“This coincides with a national consumer demand for items that they perceive as healthier and higher quality,” said Ernest Baskin, an assistant professor of food marketing at St. Joseph’s University.

Yet, Wendy’s wasn’t about to cede ground to McDonald’s, and it took to Twitter to sound off—and score points.

Wendy’s threaded a message showing all the McDonald’s sandwich options that are still prepared with frozen meat.

Twitter users enjoyed the rant:

Some revel in checking Wendy’s Twitter account daily for updates and fun:

Though many acknowledge that Wendy’s is going negative in its attacks on McDonald’s, the deft tone of Wendy’s snark keeps readers from turning away.

Wendy’s stays ready to reply to comments, ensuring it never misses an opportunity for a zinger.

Still, the change for McDonald’s is nothing to scoff at. The giant chain has had to tweak its enormous supply chain and get buy-in from thousands of stakeholders.

AdAge reported:

Since McDonald’s is a behemoth with 14,000 U.S. locations that are mostly franchised, switching to fresh is not so simple. After finding a recipe, McDonald’s had to convince franchisees it’s worth the effort, and get workers ready to make the burgers. It has taken four years to go from the idea of serving fresh beef patties to making it a reality across most of the company’s U.S. restaurants. The burgers won’t be available in Alaska, Hawaii or U.S. territories.


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