French fry sales drop – Lets be honest, we all love french fries, the greasy salty delights make us feel warm and fuzzy until we eat way too many and feel like a warm wet sock! We know they are bad for us but people keep eating them… However it seems that trend may be turning.
French fry sales drop
According to an article on Today a report by the Hudson Institute found that people are opting for lower calorie options in fast food restaurants such as Taco Bell and McDonalds. The offerings of things like apple slices and oatmeal are being taken more and more over higher calorie options. The article says that:
“French fries are declining in both number of servings and share of total food servings among quick-service chains that have more than $3 billion in sales,” the report reads. “Among the same chains, lower-calorie beverages are also outperforming traditional beverages,” it adds.
“Consumers are hungry for restaurant meals that won’t expand their waist lines, and the chains that recognize this are doing better than those that don’t,” said Hank Cardello, a former food company executive who directs Hudson’s Obesity Solutions Initiative and who wrote the report. Cardello has worked for Coca-Cola, General Mills, Anheuser-Busch and Cadbury-Schweppes.
The report is interesting to me but I am not sure it’s going to mean a direct drop in obesity and other health problems related to bad food consumption. Sadly we are still eating lots and lots of processed foods and so called health foods that still contain other nasties. People are also prone to think it’s ok to eat things like cookies and chocolate if they feel they ate healthy meals, in my opinion.
There could also be some affect happening of people just trying the new options and we may well see a return after a period of time to the original menu offerings!
The Today article can be read in full here.
What do you think? Is the sales drop of french fries indicative of a positive change?
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