The Daily Rail: McDonald’s UK Switching to Paper Straws

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In this week’s batch of silly restaurant memes, we have an inspirational quote from Anthony Bourdain, why you should only drink whiskey, IHOPB continues to get roasted, an AI writes an Olive Garden commercial, and more!


Chasing Roger

Rafael Nadal crowned himself the king of clay once again on Sunday after winning his 11th French Open title at the Stade Roland Garros. At age 32, the Spaniard proved too much to handle for his 24-year-old opponent Dominic Thiem in a one-sided match that ended 6-4 6-3 6-2. Nadal’s 11th Roland Garros title, his 17th Grand Slam title overall, moves him back within three titles of Roger Federer, who skipped the clay court season this year but will return to defend his Wimbledon title in July. As the following chart illustrates, Federer and Nadal play in a league of their own in terms of Grand Slam titles.

Infographic: Chasing Roger Federer | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

Cutlery Nails

Ever sit down for dinner and wish you had cutlery on your fingernails? Neither did we. Yet, Nail Sunny nail salon can slap on some mini spoons, forks and knives onto your digits. It’s quite the thing to behold. As one commentator said, “I know it’s supposed to be funny or whateva, buuut how is she gonna wipe her booty?” Makes you think…

World Cup Goal Scorers

Next to his team's 7-1 thumping of tournament host Brazil and the emotional 1-0 extra-time victory over Argentina in the final, Germany's Miroslav Klose also had a personal triumph to celebrate at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. After scoring his 16th World Cup goal in the semi-final against Brazil, Klose is now the leading goal scorer in World Cup history. Looking at the illustrious list of top scorers in World Cup history, retired German striker Miroslav Klose currently has only one man to fear: his former teammate Thomas Müller.

Infographic: Müller the Only Active Player to Challenge Klose's Record | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

Don’t forget to visit our 2018 International Soccer Central guide to download the Group Play’s TV schedule and build some awesome traffic-driving soccer promotions.


Why it matters to you: McDonald’s in the UK is switching to paper straws.

The plastic straw situation is something we have touched on numerous times the past few months. The sheer amount of waste generated every single day from them is a massive global issue and we have been hearing about new bans on the regular. The latest operator to ditch their plastic is none other than good old Micky D’s. Their UK and Ireland restaurants are switching to paper straws. They are planning to roll this out in the US shortly after their UK rollout. 

This is a HUGE win for the world. If an operator at their size can make the switch successfully that goes to show the rest of us that it is possible for all of us. Smaller operators generally lead the pack on transitions such as this but now, with such a massive corporation doing so, we will all have our hands forced to do the same. McDonald’s can’t possibly look better than the rest of us can they? Now it is up to the rest of us to follow suit and end our contributions to global plastic waste in at least this genre.



Why it matters to you: Subway is quietly opting out of breakfast, some of us should take note.

“I always start my day with a tall cup of coffee, an OJ, and a Subway breakfast sandwich.”

-A Quote from Nobody on Earth.

Around eight years after Subway rolled out their breakfast into the US market, they are quietly allowing their franchisees to opt-out of this once-mandatory plan. Some operators may not be too mad about it either considering its mandatory 7am start time and lackluster support. Research showed that 43% of their customers don’t go there for breakfast with a whopping 19% of them completely unaware that they even offered morning meals. Another 67% didn’t care whether Subway offered it or not because it wouldn’t even affect them. A harsh realization by the brand but it was a strange move for them to offer breakfast in the first place.

With the craze of brunch having already swept the nation and breakfast having a boost in popularity in the fast food world, it is no surprise that many operators are now doing brunch and breakfast to follow suit. That said, it certainly isn’t a must and we must consider if it fits our restaurant’s brand before we dive right in. 

Does it make sense for us to offer breakfast? Brunch? Would it be weird for someone to come into our fried seafood joint for eggs? If you answer yes to any of those questions, then maybe sit this play out. Not everyone needs to do everything and we certainly shouldn’t try. Stay in our own lanes and do what we do best. We always like to think of it this way: are we going to be adding something positive and unique to the world by doing this? If the answer is no, then it is not worth doing.