Fast food fans were today braced for a menu shake-up at McDonald’s as the chain began a restructuring.
The company will temporarily shut all its US offices today as bosses prepare to get rid of a number of corporate employees in the country and around the world.
CEO Chris Kempczinski warned of the job cuts in January, telling staff the firm had become ‘unfocused’ and changes were needed to help it grow.
The email also suggested the restructuring could see menus simplified, with Mr Kempczinski warning there had been too much duplication.
‘We had across the globe 70 different, distinct versions of what a crispy chicken sandwich would look like,’ Kempczinski wrote. ‘I don’t need 70 different permutations of a chicken sandwich.’
Examples of chicken burgers McDonald’s serves in countries around the world
While classics like McFlurries and Big Macs are known to McDonald’s fans the world over, the firm does indeed offer plenty of local versions of popular options.
Variations of chicken sandwiches include the UAE’s McArabia Chicken, consisting of grilled chicken and garlic sauce held together by Arabic bread.
The UK’s Mayo Chicken includes a crispy coated chicken with shredded lettuce and cool mayo, which sit in a deliciously soft bun.
Meanwhile, India has a Veg Surprise Burger. In between a regular bun sits a Herb Chilli Potato patty, complete with a Italian herb mayo sauce and shredded onions.
In Japan, the Bai Teriyaki Chicken Fillet-O comes loaded with teriyaki sauce, while in Korea the McSpicy Shanghai Burger turns up the heat with some hot sauce.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s GCB consists of a grilled chicken thigh with lettuce and chargrill sauce.
While emails warning of redundancies have mainly been sent to US employees, a number of international staff will also be affected.
The impact on UK head office staff is not yet known, and MailOnline has contacted McDonald’s for comment.
Staff have been told to work from home, with dismissals taking place virtually.
A report from the Wall Street Journal said the Chicago-based chain told employees threatened with redundancy last week.
In the memo, company executives also advised that upcoming in-person meetings with vendors and other outside parties at headquarters be canceled.
Workers who don’t have access to a computer were told to give their personal contact information to their manager.
CEO Chris Kempczinski warned of job cuts in January, telling staff the firm had become ‘unfocused’ and changes were needed to help it grow
‘We want to ensure the comfort and confidentiality of our people during the notification period,’ the company said.
McDonald’s employs roughly 200,000 people around the world in corporate roles and company owned restaurants.
Around 75 percent of the employees are located outside of the US.
This isn’t the first time the company has conducted layoffs among corporate workers.
In 2018, McDonald’s cut management-level workers to be ‘more dynamic, nimble and competitive.’
The company has able to maintain profits for the most part during the cost of living crisis due to customers turning to the chain for cheap and fast food.
‘We’re gaining share right now among low-income consumers,’ said McDonald’s CFO Ian Borden in October.
However, Mr Kempczinski said less wealth customers were typically order fewer things or less-expensive items.
You won’t find this in your local McDonald’s! From a matcha cake to a taro pie and an Egg and Jalapeno Cheddar McMuffin – the VERY unusual Mc-variations from around the world
Eve Wagstaff for MailOnline
While many of us might count McNuggets, a Big Mac, or a McFlurry as among our favourite dishes from McDonald’s, branches around the world have plenty of alternative dishes on offer.
And fans of the fast food diner will be bursting with jealousy at the sight of what is available from the many different menus around the world.
From shrimp burgers to matcha cakes, jalapeno cheese McMuffins and a Chicken McDo with McSpaghetti…here MailOnline takes a look at the cultural twists on fast food favourites around the globe.
It’s definitely not the usual slice of cake us Brits are used to seeing but this Matcha Red Bean Layer Cake found in Hong Kong, looks absolutely incredible
Fancy an upgrade from the usual hot apple pies? Taro is a root vegetable and the treat, on offer in China, is described by those who have tried it as ‘lightly sweet and tender with a slightly savoury exterior and chewy interior covering’
Get in the carnival spirit with this Cheddar McMelt from Brazil. It’s packed with bacon slices, loads of cheese and a full beef patty. Folião!
Canada’s answer to our classic cheesy chips and gravy is their national dish, poutine. When Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022, two restaurants, one in Canada and another in France had to issue statements after receiving threats from public who thought the dish was named after the Russian President Vladimir Putin4.
Probably not considered a national dish is the Egg & Jalapeno Cheddar McMuffin, which is definitely one way to get yourself moving in the morning
Imagine a massive chicken nugget covered in a tasty seasoning and this is what you get from the Shaka Shaka Chicken from McDonald’s in Japan. A deep fried chicken patty, sprinkle in one of three flavours: lemon pepper, red pepper and cheese. Simply rip the top fold off and dig in!
What’s better than one patty coated in delicious in a sweet and spicy ginger-flavored teriyaki sauce? Two! Check out the Teriyaki McBurger. Yum!
If you’re fed up with bread then this delight from Japan could be winner for you. A variation on the burger above, it’s apparently even better paired with rice buns
Pronounced ‘Ebi’, which is the Japanese word for shrimp, these burgers could be compared to our very own Fillet-O-Fish
These Chilli Cheese Tops are packed with fresh jalapeños, matured cheddar all inside a crispy coating of tasty goodness
If there’s one thing McDonald’s does not have enough of, it’s pasta. The Chicken McDo with McSpaghetti found in the Philippines is one the restaurant’s most popular items
There’s no such thing as too much cheese, which is exactly what the creators of the McDonald’s Cheesy Eggdesal must have thought when coming up with this. Melted cheese wrapped in a fluffy, folded egg and sandwiched between a soft, toasted pandesal bun
India has the most vegetarians in the world so it makes sense that McDonald’s there would some of the tastiest veggie options. One such snack is the Veg Pizza McPuff, filled with a rich tomato sauce, carrots, bell pepper, beans, onion, peas and gooey mozzarella
The McSpicyPaneer, which is on menus in McDonald’s in India, is a satisfying alternative to vegetable patties
If you love south Indian food, McDonald’s Dosa Masala Burger is for you. Made with a spicy grilled vegetable patty it is coated in Indian spices and a slight taste of sambar
How do you like your eggs in the morning? I’ll take mine with lashings of spicy sauce like the McDonald’s Masala Scrambled Eggs
India’s McDonald’s restaurants also serve this massive Chicken Maharaja Mac, which has two grilled chicken patties, jalapeños, onion, cheddar cheese, tomatoes and crunchy lettuce dressed with the classical Habanero sauce
Leave it to the Aussies to come up with the biggest breakfast bun you could imagine. Aptly named the Big Brekkie Burger, it has all the good stuff including a whopping 732 calories
A tasty and refreshing treat, the McFlurry Mango has chunks of crispy pie filled with creamy custard sauce and sweet flavour of mango
Not from Thailand as you might assume, the Thai Green Curry Burger from McDonald’s has a juicy chicken patty served with mixed vegetables a special sauce
Inspired by Malaysia’s national dish, this meal features a coconut flavoured chicken thigh coated in a cornflake crunch, all served with a special sambal sauce, fried egg, caramelised onions, and cucumber slices topped with a chilli bun
Breakfast platters in Hawaii are loaded with spam and Portuguese sausage and a dessert menu with hot haupia (coconut pudding), taro pies, fried apple pies. Hawaii is the only state in America where you can get the pies fried
This corn pie was introduced in 2012 in Thailand and has become one of the biggest-selling items on the menu
Only available in Thailand, the McDonald’s Kaprao Crispy Chicken Rice is so much more than just fried chicken
The Panzerotti are basically bitesize calzones, filled with 100 per cent Italian tomato and mozzarella
The McArabia Chicken comes with two Halal grilled patties, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and garlic sauce all held together by Arabic bread
The McDonald’s Big Tasty® Bacon Chili Cheese is found in Germany and has all the components you’d expect from a Big Tasty but with fiery jalapeños and creamy chili cheese sauce
We’ve been led to believe that Green Tea can have health benefits, so this Boseong Green Tea Pork Burger from McDonald’s is sure to great. Described as 113g of tender and juicy pork patty, it has a rich taste of spicy cheese sauce topped with locally sourced cabbage and red onion
Often compared to the humble Big Mac, the Bulgogi Burger is described as compact, without too many toppings packs a punch thanks to its distinctive flavour of a sweet sauce
A slightly upgraded version of South Korea’s Bulgogi Burger, this one contains an perfect egg to add a slight variation of texture and taste. Make sure you’re hungry!
The 88 Seoul Beef Burger comes with an unusual concoction by today’s burger standards of an egg salad and cabbage mix on it, which is certainly a unique
McDonald’s offers the McPollo Italiano in Argentina and Chile, which comes with a grilled chicken breast sandwich and avocado guacamole and slices of tomato