Among all the fancy sports stars that McDonald’s has served in the past, they have also served famous German soccer stars. Pictured here is Dieter Hoeneß in 1987, a soccer star with a massive burger on his lap, waving to his fans after a match.
Not sure if this was a paid partnership, given this sport’s player’s fame in Germany, or if he really just wanted a burger after his match. At this stage, Dieter Hoeneß was playing for the famed F.C. Bayern Munich club and did so with a great victory. He scored 102 goals in 224 matches for them in the German Bundesliga. Go, team, go!
McDonald's Soothing Sports Stars
It seems that a lot of sports stars had a thing for McDonald's. It wasn't only professional basketball players and cyclists, but apparently professional boxers too. Jeff Fenech was photographed in 1988 sipping on a McDonald's drink. Allegedly he had to face the tribunal as he misbehaved outside of the ring.
We all know how professional boxers like to behave around the time of their fights: high on adrenaline and probably testosterone too. We bet you didn't know that they would turn to a McDonald's drink to soothe them after their match, though. We didn't know either, but how adorable?
McDonald's Take Over in Australia
Only four years after opening their first shop abroad, McDonald's opened a branch in Australia. Given that the people in the land down under also follow a pretty similar Westernized diet, McDonald's was able to spread like wildfire. The first McDonald's in Aussie land opened in Sydney and was quickly followed by several other Sydney openings like this one in 1991.
In this picture, the councilman of the time, John Fowler, can be seen outside an "opening soon" McDonald's. Just five years prior to this opening, McDonald's opened their 9,000th store in 1986 in Sydney too. Today there are more than 970 McDonald's restaurants in Australia.
McDonald's Food Factory
Behind every McDonald's serving food to the masses, there's got to be a place where the food comes from before it reaches the restaurant, right? Any given McDonald's restaurant is not gonna cut the potatoes for fries, make the buns from scratch, or the beef patties for that matter.
Usually, fast-food chains just prepare meals from premade frozen food items, so naturally, McDonald's is gonna have factories where these frozen items are pre-prepared. We wouldn't want to bore you too much with the details of how these foods get made and what exactly goes into them, but here's a pic from a McDonald's employee handling heaps of un-baked dough at a McDonald's factory.
Since the early days, McDonald's has made efforts to use techniques and materials that are more environmentally friendly. We don't really want to think about the waste that is created when a franchise such as this one serves 70 million customers daily, but sadly it's probably leaning towards a couple of metric tons every second.
But it's not all gloom and doom because, according to their website, they claim that over 80% of their packaging is recycled or recyclable, and they aim to bump this figure up to 100% by 2025. According to this picture of a boy eating ice cream, they have also been creating recycling awareness through their tray liners since the '90s, so that's not too bad.