For the first time since at least 1970, the total number of McDonald’s restaurants is dwindling, according to the Associated Press. This news follows an April announcement from the fast-food giant detailing plans to close approximately 700 underperforming locations worldwide. McDonald’s spokesperson Becca Hary told the AP that the decrease would be “minimal” in the context of their 14,000-plus locations in the United States. This decrease is more evidence of how Americans increasingly care about what they’re eating, where their food comes from, and managing or preventing diet-related diseases. In the vegan world, meat-free fast-casual restaurants are seeing great success with establishments such as Native Foods, Veggie Grill, Loving Hut, and the much-anticipated Amy’s Drive-Thru expanding and offering healthy items for customers.
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