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The company reaffirms its commitment to families and updates its children's menu with more nutritious and balanced options.
Arcos Dorados , McDonald's largest independent franchise in the world, continues to use its large scale to generate a positive impact on communities. From now on, the Happy Box menu will include more fruits and vegetables; and fewer fats, sodium, and added sugars. In this way, on average all the combinations of Box Feliz offered in all local McDonald's in Argentina will have a better nutritional offer with less than 600 calories and 20% less total fat, 14% less saturated fat, 20% less sodium and 78% less added sugars.
Child nutrition has always been a strong commitment to the company. Since 2011, the company has been making changes to improve the nutritional balance in the Box Feliz. This makes it the first fast food chain to carry out this type of initiatives, making a difference and taking advantage of its large scale to offer the food that families like the most because it is delicious, balanced and always fun. In recent years, new flavors and ingredients have been added, such as yogurts, apples and cherry tomatoes. This year, the menu evolves towards a more nutritious and complete meal for children with less fats, sodium and added sugars, offering combinations that include:
— 100% applesauce without added sugar or artificial dyes or flavorings.
— 100% fruit juice, no added sugar, no artificial dyes or flavorings.
— McFiesta Jr. burger with lettuce and tomato (or customizable, lettuce only or only
“At Arcos Dorados we are committed to society and to the thousands of families who visit us every day in Latin America. Therefore, we constantly evolve our menus paying attention to the new habits of life and consumption of our customers to offer products and experiences aligned with their expectations. The new Happy Box offers a tempting meal for children to be delicious and fun, and for parents for being nutritious,” says Marcelo Rabach, CEO of Arcos Dorados.
The nutritional changes of the Happy Box announced today are aligned with the eating habits that evolve with changes in society. Families currently have more information and that is why there is a greater awareness of feeding children better than in previous generations. This is described by an opinion study conducted by the research consultant Trendsity**, in conjunction with Arcos Dorados. Despite challenges to a more nutritious diet, 60% of fathers and mothers surveyed believe that their children eat better than they do at the same age. In turn, 7 out of 10 have incorporated or increased the consumption of natural juices in the diet. On the other hand, the study reflects a growing concern about the consumption of sugar-containing products, indicating that 8 out of 10 fathers and mothers reported to have reduced sugar-containing foods or beverages.
The company will continue to evolve with news on its children's menu as these changes are part of a long-term plan. That's why he is exploring to work in the food groups that the World Health Organization recommends to incorporate into a balanced diet such as whole grains, lean proteins, dairy and more fruits and vegetables. At the same time, it will also be focused on offering more novelties through innovative packaging and more playful formats, so that the Happy Box is increasingly nutritious and fun.
“The nutritional changes of the Happy Box are aligned with the eating habits that evolve with changes in society. Families currently have more information and that is why there is a greater awareness of feeding children better than in previous generations. Child nutrition has always been a strong commitment to the company. We seek to take advantage of McDonald's large scale to offer a balanced nutritional proposal for the whole family,” says Natalia Archimede, Manager of Menu Innovation at Arcos Dorados.
“We will continue to be committed to the demands of our customers. We are already working on the next steps to continue evolving food and ingredient options with regard to our children's menu over the next few years. We have as a priority to serve quality food, generating delicious moments,” complements Marcelo Rabach .
The new nutrition policy led by the company is developed with the highest standards of responsibility. “Knowing that many children eat at McDonald's quite regularly, menu reformulations have the potential to have a significant impact on risk reduction (cardiovascular disease). Restaurant offerings and advertising practices play an important role in the demand for healthy products. We believe that the entire restaurant industry can help improve heart health by making healthy menus the norm for children's meals,” said Dr. Jorge Tartaglione, president of Fundación Cardiológica Argentina .
In addition to this local support, nutritional changes in the Box Feliz have the endorsement of the main nutrition agencies in different countries such as the Associação Brasileira de Nutrologia (ABRAN), the Peruvian Nutrition Society (SOPENUT) and the Uruguayan Association of Dietitians and Nutritionists, among other institutions which support the initiative.
In this way, Arcos Dorados aligns itself with the global objectives consolidated by the McDonald's system around the world and reinforces its commitment to generate a positive impact on the communities where it operates.
Publication Date: 12/08/2019
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