McDonald’s is an American fast food company, founded in 1940 as a restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald, in San Bernardino, California, United States. They rechristened their business as a hamburger stand, and later turned the company into a franchise, with the Golden Arches logo being introduced in 1953 at a location in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1955, Ray Kroc, a businessman, joined the company as a franchise agent and proceeded to purchase the chain from the McDonald brothers. McDonald’s had its original headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, but moved its global headquarters to Chicago in early 2018.
McDonald’s is the world’s largest restaurant chain by revenue, serving over 69 million customers daily in over 100 countries across approximately 36,900 outlets as of 2016. Although McDonald’s is best known for its hamburgers, cheeseburgers and french fries, they also feature chicken products, breakfast items, soft drinks, milkshakes, wraps, and desserts. In response to changing consumer tastes and a negative backlash because of the unhealthiness of their food, the company has added to its menu salads, fish, smoothies, and fruit. The McDonald’s Corporation revenues come from the rent, royalties, and fees paid by the franchisees, as well as sales in company-operated restaurants. According to a BBC report published in 2012, McDonald’s is the world’s second-largest private employer (behind Walmart) with 1.9 million employees, 1.5 million of whom work for franchises.
|Genre||Fast food restaurant|
|Founded||McDonald’s: May 15, 1940; 78 years ago San Bernardino, California McDonald’s Corporation: April 15, 1955; 63 years ago Des Plaines, Illinois|
|Related Food and Drink Companies:||Starbucks, Coca Cola, PepsiCo, Red Bull, Krispy Kreme, Wrigley, Heineken, Boost Juice, Absolut Vodka, Hardee, Tim Hortons, Hard Rock Cafe, KFC, Gold Star Chili, Mac Cosmetics, Dominos, Frito Lay, Red Lobster|