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McDonald's drops Angus burger as customers favor Dollar Menu

By Bloomberg News

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LAST UPDATED: 05:44 p.m. HST, May 10, 2013


Say goodbye to the Angus Third Pound burger.

McDonald’s Corp. is dropping the $4 sandwich from its U.S. lineup as its hard-hit customers throng to the company’s Dollar Menu. New items are being added, Danya Proud, a company spokeswoman, said in an e-mail. She declined to be specific.

The world’s largest restaurant company has been advertising its Dollar Menu to draw cash-strapped Americans as it struggles to turn around same-store sales. In the past year, the chain, with about 14,100 domestic locations, has also focused on adding healthier options to its menu. Last month, it introduced an egg- white breakfast sandwich with 250 calories.

“If the Angus burger were selling well, I think it would still be on the menu,” said Darren Tristano, executive vice president at Technomic Inc., a consulting firm based in Chicago.

Burgers from specialty chains such as Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Smashburger “are more flavorful and more cravable” than the Angus burger, Tristano said by telephone. “It also has the internal competition with the Big Mac and the Quarter Pounder, which have a loyal following.”

Smashburger, based in Denver, sells burgers for $5.99. Some have fancier toppings, such as truffle mayonnaise and aged Swiss cheese. Five Guys, which is based in Lorton, Virginia, and has more than 1,000 locations, sells hamburgers and hotdogs. One of its cheeseburgers packs 840 calories.

The Angus burgers “may still play a future role on our menu,” Proud said.

McDonald’s introduced the Angus third-pounder burgers in 2009, the same year that McCafe drinks were rolled out across the U.S. The bacon and cheese version has the most calories - -820 — of any McDonald’s burger or sandwich. A Big Mac has 550 calories. Each Angus burger contains about 40 grams of fat.







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808warriorfan wrote:
BUMMER...wasn't cheap but it was one of their better burgers. Wish they'd keep that Teri Burger year 'round
on May 10,2013 | 06:27PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I'm with you on that one. McDonald's tends to keep their price in line with their mainland counterparts. If they advertise a dollar menu, that is what you get. You don't get no cockamamy dollar burrito for almost double like in that taco chain here or that ten dollar pizza for almost double. What really grates on me is that other burger chain that advertises two burgers for five bucks and then you find that they charge seven bucks here. I tell you, our local franchises love to increase their prices just on the excuse that their cost of doing business here is higher. But double the price? Come on. Yes, I am bummed that they are taking the Angus Third Pounder off the menu. That was just the only burger that was worth going out of the way for. I sure as heck will not go to the other chains here in Hawaii. Jack in the Box though sometimes has deals that are in line with the mainland prices. The others are rip offs.
on May 10,2013 | 07:52PM
miss_laulau wrote:
Double bummers! The mushroom and Swiss cheese was my favorite and the only reason why I went to mcDonalds.
on May 11,2013 | 10:03AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Ditto. The mushroom and Swiss cheese burger was my favorite, too. That was the biggest reason why I went to McDonalds. That and the fact that their soda is 99 cents. All the other fast food chains here charge ridiculous prices for their soda. One of them, a fried chicken chain, charges double for a regular sized soda. McDonalds is the only chain in Hawaii that actually follows their mainland prices for the most part. All the other chains charge a dollar extra for their menu items. The local pizza chain here charges almost double for their medium pizza which go for ten dollars on the mainland. McDonalds would be wise to offer a mushroom and Swiss version of their Quarter Pounder. They could do a test of this and offer it for a limited time to see if customers who are loyal to their Quarter Pounder will order this version. Also, they could offer the bacon and cheese version. I'm surprised that SA did not interview the local franchises to find out when they would remove the Angus Third Pounder from their menu. That would be relevant news to those who want to get them while they're available.
on May 11,2013 | 08:27PM
yrusodz wrote:
Angus burger was a poor attempt to duplicate Carl's Jr's "Six Dollar Burger" and maybe it was just me but it seemed that several months after it's introduction the Angus was smaller? and you could taste the soy filler? Sort of like the "Big Mac" where the patties have become so small, they don't even cover the bun.
on May 11,2013 | 10:04AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
How about putting the McRib and Teri burgers on the regular menu?
on May 10,2013 | 07:53PM
yrusodz wrote:
had my first Teri burger a week ago, yummy! But the McRib? Spongy pork sausage like mystery meat drowning in sweet ketchup bbq sauce...yuk! Both are bad for you but at least the Teri tastes gooood!
on May 11,2013 | 09:58AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Yes, the Teri burger is one of the best burgers on their menu. I like the McRib because of the flavor. Yes, it does taste highly processed but to everyone his or her own.
on May 11,2013 | 01:56PM
HD36 wrote:
More people are eatig hamburger instead steak. Hotdogs instead of hamburger.
on May 10,2013 | 08:06PM
honupono wrote:
awful products to me... you get what you pay for.
on May 10,2013 | 08:30PM
mustangguru wrote:
We need a high tax on fast food to get people to make healthier choices. A limit on portion sizes would help also. Why so many cash strapped Americans all of a sudden? If our economy is growing and unemployment rates are going down, people now have less money. hmmmm.
on May 11,2013 | 08:50AM
SteveToo wrote:
You want Big Brother to limit the size????????????? Come on dude, Take care of yourself! And let others do the same. Nuff w/Big Government telling people what to do.
on May 11,2013 | 12:52PM
SteveToo wrote:
Burger King still tops McDonalds for tasty burgers. But Mc D wins for tasty french fries.
on May 11,2013 | 12:50PM
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