McDonald's Australia - known locally as "Macca's" - is one of the US food giant's most successful international subsidiaries. Its 990 outlets make this the third largest territory for McDonald's in Asia, after Japan and China, and the #8 worldwide. Around 85% of outlets are franchised. McDonald's took its first steps into Australia in 1971, opening in the western Sydney suburb of Yagoona, and it had national coverage within a decade. The Australian business has been responsible for several notable firsts, including the McCafé coffee bar concept, launched in Australia in 1993 and now available worldwide; and Create Your Own premium burgers and mobile ordering, first trialled here in 2012. In another global first for the brand, selected branches temporarily changed their names and all signage to "Macca's" in January 2013 as part of a celebration of the Australia Day national holiday. One local concept that didn't catch on globally is the McOz burger, introduced in 1998 with the extra ingredient of beetroot (an Australian favourite). It was for many years a permanent fixture on the menu, served only in Australia, but was eventually replaced by the (beetroot-less) McFeast. The McOz reappears from time to time as a limited edition burger. (New Zealand has its own version: the Kiwiburger, first introduced in 1991. In addition to the bettroot, it has an additional fried egg). Some of these creations emanate from The Corner, a cafe "lab" in one of the trendier parts of Sydney, where new potential products are tested on consumers. McDonald's system sales in Australia are now around A$4bn. Andrew Gregory was appointed as CEO in 2014, succeeding Catriona Noble, a McDonald's lifer who started at the chain as a part-time holiday job and then rose through the ranks to chief restaurant officer for the APMEA region. (She departed in 2015 for ANZ Bank). In 2020, the company named Chris Brown, former CEO of longtime Macca's agency DDB as its new chief marketing officer.
Capsule checked 17th December 2020
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