McDonald’s, the global fast food giant, has announced plans to do away with self-service soda stations. After closely monitoring the health risks associated with consuming large amounts of sugary drinks, the company has decided to remove the dispensers from its U.S. restaurants entirely.
The move is part of McDonald’s renewed focus on improving customer nutrition and health. In recent years, it has made strides with a number of lifestyle changes, including the introduction of fresh food options, calorie labeling, and more mindful portion sizes. But the soda dispensers, which were once a staple of every McDonald’s, will soon be a thing of the past.
McDonald’s has said that the decision was a difficult one, but necessary in light of the health risks linked to consuming large quantities of soda. These health risks include obesity, diabetes, and various other ailments. The company is also aware that many of its patrons are children, which is why they wanted to make sure that their restaurants weren’t encouraging an unhealthy habit.
The change will take effect gradually throughout the U.S., with a full implementation expected by early 2019. In the meantime, McDonald’s is offering a variety of healthier options, including sparkling water and low-calorie sodas, as a replacement for the sugary drinks.
McDonald’s is hoping that this move will encourage their customers to make more nutritious choices and signal a new direction for the company. The move is part of the company’s mission to make sure that its restaurants are places where all patrons can enjoy delicious but healthy food.