The new year will be a busy one for the Golden Arches. While 2020 marked McDonald’s sixth consecutive year of growth in the U.S., there’s still a lot of work to do to bounce back from the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the chain announced in its fourth quarter earnings call.
According to CEO Chris Kempczinski, the fast-food giant will double-down on digital sales, as well as its delivery and drive-thru operations, which has yielded significant business during the pandemic.
“[Digital, delivery, and drive-thru sales] were the difference-maker when the pandemic hit and are at the heart of our combined efforts to creating a faster, easier, better customer experience,” Kempczinski said.
McDonald’s also has a major expansion planned, with some 1,300 new restaurants slated to open worldwide by the end of the year. About 500 of those locations will be in the U.S.
In regards to its menu, the fast-food powerhouse reiterated what we’ve all suspected by its recent moves—they’re going all in on chicken.
“Developing a reputation for great chicken represents one of our highest ambitions,” Kempczinski said, adding that the company planned to build on the popularity of core offerings like Chicken McNuggets and McChicken sandwiches with new releases coming as soon as February.
Without further ado, here are all of the new menu items that McDonald’s has announced (so far) for 2021. For more news about the Golden Arches, check out McDonald’s Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades.food