New Happy Meals a Hit Locally
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — An announcement from McDonald’s USA that the company will include fruit in every Happy Meal gets positive response from customers. Apple slices have been an option on the menu at McDonald’s since 2004. However, a more concentrated effort to help families make healthier food choices, had led the company to automatically include fruit in each of its popular Happy Meals. Along with apples, the meal will consist of a smaller portion size of french fries. Some Midlands families we spoke with say it’s a step in the right direction. Research shows that of the 88% of customers who are aware that apple slices are a menu option, purchases of the fruit as a side order occurred only 11% of the time. Company officials plan to begin rolling out its new Happy Meals, including new packaging, in September, with the hopes of having them in its 14,000 locations by the end of March 2012.