‘We Don’t Sell Junk Food’ – McDonald’s CEO Claimed To A 9-Yr-Old Little Girl
By Staff Writer | May 30, 2013 12:23 AM EDT
'We don't sell junk food' - this is what the CEO of the giant fast food chain, McDonald, insisted during its yearly shareholder meeting on Thursday.
A little girl, only 9 years of age, raised the issue of healthy eating when questions about global obesity epidemic are thrown to the executives of McDonalds.
9-year-old Hannah Robertson told McDonald's CEO, "Something I don't think is fair is when big companies try to trick kids into eating food that isn't good for them by using toys and cartoon characters,"
Don Thompson, CEO of McDonald answered her concern with, 'We don't sell junk food.' He then further continued with, "We sell a lot of fruits and vegetables at McDonald's and we're trying to sell a lot more."
The McDonald CEO also said during the meeting that he is interested in expanding the food items they are selling with menus like kiwi on a stick and pineapple. Thompson shared that these kind of food are aready being offered in other countries.
Furthermore, to prove his statement, 'We don't sell junk food', the CEO told that their fast food chain are already offering healthier food options to customers and that include egg whites on their breakfast sandwiches, smoothies, and a new product they call McWrap sandwiches which has cucumbers and other vegetables inside.
Right now, their most popular McDonald's items like French fries, Big Macs, fried chicken and chicken nuggets only account for the 25 percent of their total sales.
The investors of McDonald have voted down the proposals made by shareholders including a request to make an annual report about the fast food chain's impact on global nutrition. The proposal only received 6 percent of the vote.
A shareholder from Crystal Lake, Michael Cain, who attended the annual gathering stated, "If you're concerned about the nutrition, you can drive past McDonald's. Go home and make sure (your kids) eat what you want them to eat." He also said that whenever they eat at Mcdonald's, it was kind of a treat. "It wasn't an everyday affair," Cain stated.
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