From today we are starting our new Did you know series, for Fast Food Facts. Globally, fast food generates revenue of over $570 billion – that is bigger than the economic value of most countries. In the United States, revenue was a whopping $200 billion in 2015 – quite a lot of growth since the 1970 revenue of $6 billion.
There are over 200,000 fast-food restaurants in the United States and it is estimated that 50 million Americans eat at one of them every single day. Overall, 31.7% of lower-income, 36.4% of middle-income, and 42% of higher-income adults said they had eaten fast food.
The data revealed that fast food consumption varied by age, income level, race, and sex. For instance, 44.9% of adults ages 20 to 39 said that they consumed fast food on a given day, compared with 37.7% of adults 40 to 59, and 24.1% of adults 60 and older.
- McDonald’s is the World’s Largest Toy Distributor
The world’s largest toy distributor is none other than McDonald’s, thanks to their Happy Meals according to QSR magazine in 2004. And since transitioning to including more books rather than toys, McDonald’s has sold more books to kids as part of happy meals than are housed in the Library of Congress. (Source)
- A Photoshopped Ad Led to a New Arby’s Sandwich
A 2014 ad designed to showcase Arby’s array of meat options, depicted a photoshopped sandwich stacked high with every variation available. When customers began asking for the exact sandwich they saw depicted in the ad, Arby’s “Meat Mountain” sandwich was born. (Source)
- Colonel Sanders Opened Another Restaurant After KFC
After perfecting his fried chicken recipe, Colonel Sanders saw KFC grow to be a billion dollar company. KFC also changed their chicken and gravy recipes to something that didn’t meet the Colonel’s standards. Since the KFC founder hated the new food so much, he opened a new fried chicken restaurant to compete with the chain he started.4
- Subway Was Sued for Short Sandwiches
Customers who doubted the name of Subway’s foot-long sub broke out the rulers and sued the sandwich chain for making sandwiches that were only 11 inches in length. Subway fought back, saying it was just a “descriptive term,” but ultimately settled the suit and agreed to measure all their sandwich bread. (Source)
- One Buger King Burger Was Made with Black Squid Ink
In 2014, for a limited time only, Burger King customers in Japan could enjoy the Kuro (black) burger, which included black cheese made from bamboo charcoal and a black squid ink sauce on a charred black bun. (Source)
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