Serving more than 25 million customers a day, McDonald’s is a huge player in the dairy industry as dairy is included in 80% of the restaurant’s menu items. Recently, the fast food giant announced a reformulated version of its chocolate milk beverage.
The new formulation has 25% less sugar than McDonald’s previous chocolate milk and is no longer a fat-free product, according to a press release from Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), a dairy checkoff company that McDonald’s has worked with since 2009.
Support from dairy checkoff food scientists has helped McDonald’s USA produce a reduced-sugar, low-fat chocolate milk that will be unveiled nationwide in January.
McDonald’s worked side by side with the dairy checkoff company to reformulate this newer version of chocolate milk. In June 2018, the fast food giant pulled cheeseburgers and chocolate milk from its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar kids consume at its restaurants.
Now with the new formulation, it may not be long till we see chocolate milk back on the kid’s menu.
“Chocolate milk has been a longtime customer favorite at McDonald’s and U.S. dairy farmers are glad to see the chain roll out a great-tasting chocolate milk that has even more nutritional benefits than previously,” said Pennsylvania dairy farmer Marilyn Hershey, who serves as chair of DMI. “This is a great example of a foodservice leader listening and responding to customer demand. It also benefits dairy farmers because McDonald’s will offer an improved milk product to millions of customers, which could lead to similar changes at other restaurants.”
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