Burger King Case Study: Obesity Concerns Product Revamp

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Since the 1980s, several parties, including the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the British Heart Foundation,[13] the City of New York,[14] and the Spanish government,[15] have argued that Burger King has contributed to obesity and unhealthy eating behaviors in Western nations by producing products that contain large amounts of salt, fat, trans-fat and calories.[16] After its purchase byTPG Capital from former parent company Diageo in 2002, the company introduced several large, over-sized products including its European BK XXL line,[15] the BritishAngus burger six pack,[13] the Enormous Omelet Sandwich line and the BK Stackerline.[17][18] These new offerings, and others like them, have resulted in further international scorn and negative attention due the large portion size and increased amounts of unhealthy fats and trans-fats in these items. Many consumer groups have accused Burger King and other fast food restaurant chains of failing to provide healthier alternatives.[19]
A 1985 agreement with the New York city public health commissioner's office, over publication of nutritional data regarding the food it sells, helped define guidelines used by the city for the dissemination of nutritional information. In a five-month negotiation with Burger King and its then parent Grand Metropolitan PLC (now part of Diageo), the company agreed to post complete nutritional information that complied with the Federal Government's guidelines for the maximum daily recommended intake of fat and sodium. Additionally the data was to be presented in a format easy for the general public to understand and use. On the basis of this agreement, New York public health commissioner Mark Green, with support of Mayor David Dinkins, proposed legislation that would require all fast food restaurants to display nutritional data as well.[14]
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