NEW YORK (AP) -- Want a side salad with that Big Mac?
McDonald’s says it will start giving customers the choice of a salad, fruit or vegetable as a substitute for french fries in its value meals.
McDonald’s Corp. will roll out the change early next year in the United States, where people will be able to pick a salad instead of fries at no extra cost. McDonald’s says it already lets customers make such swaps in some countries, such as France.
But now it says it now work to make the options available in 20 of its biggest markets around the world, which represent 85 percent of sales. McDonald’s said the change will be in place in 30 to 50 percent of the areas within the next three years and all the regions by 2020.
The world’s biggest hamburger chain made the announcement at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, where CEO Don Thompson made an appearance on stage with former President Bill Clinton.
In an interview before the announcement, Thompson said McDonald’s is looking at developing other healthy sides that will appeal to customers. He noted that McDonald’s could also take the fruits and vegetables it offers in other parts of the world and make them more widely available.
"What is it that customers will choose, and what will they eat?" Thompson said. "What we don’t want to do is just put something on the menu and say, hey, we did it. We really want consumption."