In 1992 when Rutgers professor Benjamin Barber coined the term “McWorld,” there were 12,700 McDonald’s worldwide.
Today there are over 33,000.
The relentless spread of McDonald’s over the past 61 years is an incredible business success story. In some markets the burger chain is just getting started, with plans to open 200 stores in China this year.
Source: McDonald's Operations and Training Manual via Side Dish
This estimate from Fast Food Nation assumes a 700,000 domestic workforce with 150% turnover rate.
A survey by Sponsorship Research International found that 88 per cent could identify the arches and only 54 per cent could name the Christian cross, according to Fast Food Nation.
Source: John Hayes, McDonald's senior director of U.S. food and packaging, via Side Dish
UPDATE: According to Snopes, McDonald's stopped using mechanical separation for McNuggets in 2003.
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