Lindsay Abrams for Salon
McDonald’s is falling further and further behind the times. The chain’s U.S. sales fell a dramatic 4 percent in February — due, it says, largely to “ongoing aggressive competitive activity” – and if it’s going to prevent being completely overtaken by “progressive,” “fast casual” chains like Chipotle and Five Guys, as the company itself admitted in a press release, it’s going to have to reform its image in a major way.
The leafy “superfood” will be debuting on McDonald’s menus in the “not-too distant future,” CNBC reports. The ingredient came up in an internal report from Janney Capital Markets, as part of a discussion of the fast food giant’s efforts to adapt to evolving consumer preferences that prioritize high-quality, healthy ingredients.
“Possibilities include kale for use in salads, or perhaps a kale smoothie,” analysts reportedly wrote in a note to clients. “More generally, McDonald’s clearly aims to raise consumers’ perception of the quality of its food. Adding kale to the menu in some way could help be a step in this direction.”
McDonald’s itself refused to comment, although spokeswoman Lisa McComb noted, ”We’re always looking at new and different ingredients that customers may enjoy.”
MarketWatch rather snarkily points out that kale is very last year, with Brussels sprouts and beets taking its place as the hip health foods of 2015. “For some,” remarks reporter Claudia Assis, “the arrival of McDonald’s on the bandwagon would be read as a certain sign kale is now yesterday’s superfood.”