50 Interesting Facts about Fast Food Chains

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26Dominos Pizza awards

Dominos Pizza awards

Dominos Pizza awards all store managers who achieve $25,000 in sales a week for four consecutive weeks with a customized Rolex watch, in a contest called "The Rolex Challenge."

27. McDonald's sued Irish fast-food chain Supermac for trademark infringement but failed and ended up losing their Big Mac trademark as well because they were unable to prove that they had used the Big Mac trademark in the EU.

28. Panera Bread once tried to stop a Qdoba Mexican Grill from opening nearby by trying to argue that a ‘burrito is a sandwich’ and thus breaking the lease agreement restricting rent from another ‘sandwich shop.’

29. McDonald's was supposed to revamp the Golden Arches in 1960 but a psychologist argued to keep it because it resembled breasts, giving Freudian applications to the subconscious mind of the consumer.

30. In 2010, Taco Bell secretly reduced the sodium content of its food at 150 Dallas area restaurants by 23%. Without telling anyone, they replaced the salt with "other spices and other ingredients.” Two months later, they had received exactly zero complaints about the changes.

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31Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut once sued Papa Johns, claiming that the slogan "Better ingredients. Better Pizza." is false advertising.

32. Burger King Russia offered free Whoppers for life to any woman who got pregnant by a World Cup 2018 player. The company later apologized.

33. In 2009, KFC made an offer to cities in the US to fix their potholes for free as long as they could add "Re-Freshed by KFC" on top of it.

34. The Jack in the Box mascot commercials were made to bring good PR to the company after they had one of the worst E. coli outbreaks in modern US history.

35. McDonald's in Sedona, Arizona is the only McDonald's with turquoise instead of golden arches because the government deemed the yellow ones to be contrasting too much with the surrounding area's scenic rock and opted for bluish-green arches instead.

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36Windows 7 Promotional Whopper

Windows 7 Promotional Whopper

Burger King offered a "Windows 7 Promotional Whopper" in 2009 in Japan for 777 Yen. It had 7 patties.

37. The "Waffle House Index" is used to informally assess the damage of a storm including 3 levels to code for the number of Waffle Houses still open in the damaged area due to the restaurant's reputation to stay open after disasters.

38. Krispy Kreme stores withdrew ‘Krispy Kreme Klub ’ in the UK when they realized their abbreviation of KKK has another meaning.

39. When McDonald's first introduced drive-throughs to China, the concept was so foreign that many people would pick up their food through the drive-thru, park their cars, and bring the food inside the restaurant to eat it.

40. Prior to 2017, Jimmy John's made employees sign a non-compete agreement, which prohibited them from working at any other rolled sandwich business within two miles of a Jimmy John's.

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41Jamba Juice

Jamba Juice

Jamba Juice has a secret menu of drinks you can order with names ranging from "Hello Jesus", "Screaming Orgasm", "Berry Depressing" and "Penis Shooter" amongst other flavors/names.

42. An Applebee’s in Detroit once accidentally gave a 15-month-old toddler apple juice mixed with alcohol. The mom said, “He was saying hi and bye to the walls.”

43. The "Where's the beef?" Wendy's advertising campaign of 1984 ended in 1985 when the actress performed in a commercial for Prego pasta sauce, saying that she "finally found" the beef.

44. There are deaf KFCs restaurants in Pakistan, India and Egypt which are staffed deaf people.

45. Starbucks uses round tables because research shows they are more welcoming than those with square edges and people look less alone while seated at a round table.



Hardee's failed in Australia because one store was caught using dog food in its burger patties.

47. Wendy's stopped advertising on Ellen after Ellen Degeneres came out as gay.

48. The Domino's Pizza logo has 3 dots because that's how many stores there were in 1969. They planned to add a new dot for every store that opened, but that was quickly scrapped as the franchise grew rapidly.

49. A McDonald's in Mount Annan, Sydney Australia has been playing classical music on purpose to force teenagers off of its premises at late night.

50. Pizza Hut's Stuffed Crust Pizza, McDonald's McGriddles and Dollar Menu, and the Smashburger restaurant chain were all developed by the same guy.

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