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McDonald’s India ushers in the era of dining with its ‘Golden Guarantee’ of 100% Safe, 100% Delicious brand experience!

Mumbai, June 29, 2020:Over the last many years, the iconic McDonald’s Golden Arches have brought joy to many small and big moments of your life. Today, as the world steps into a new normal the Golden Arches are all set to welcome you back with aGolden Guaranteeof 100% safe and 100% delicious brand experience. As a part of its ‘Golden Guarantee’ proposition, Westlife Development, the company that owns and operates McDonald’s restaurants in West and South India has elevated its already world-class safety and hygiene practices acrossits delivery, take-out, drive-thru and dine-in service platforms. It’s the brand’s promise to ensure that all their customers and employees will be a 100% safe, every step of the way.

Here is how the brand is bringing alive the promise of Golden Guarantee

#McDonaldsGoldenGuarantee for Safety

  • Temperature checkand hand sanitizationfor all customers and employeesentering the restaurants
  • Social distancing markings at ordering counters, collection counters and kitchens
  • Alternate table & chair seating arrangementswithin the restaurants
  • AarogyaSetu app compulsory for all employees and customers coming to the restaurants
  • Hand sanitizers arebeing made available at all customer touchpoints, and in the dining area upon request
  • Contactless orderingbeing facilitatedthrough digital menu cards sent on Whatsapp or through QR codes
  • Contactless and cashless payments being ensuredat ordering area, takeaway counters and drive-thru through UPI or Tap n Pay option
  • Customers being given option of tableservice or self service,at select restaurants
  • All employeesbeing given access to masks and gloves to wear while working along with global standard sanitizers to use

#McDonaldsGoldenGuarantee for Hygiene

  • Regular sanitization of high-touch surfaces including door handles, self-ordering kiosks, tables and chairs
  • Restaurant lobbies being cleaned and sanitized at regular intervals
  • Food trays being sanitized after every use
  • All washrooms being sanitized every 30 min
  • All kitchen equipments being sanitized every 4 hours
  • All employees thoroughly washing their hands for 20 secondsevery one hour
  • Delivery bags being sanitized before the rider uses it
  • Single use only’ policy being followed to maintain food packaging hygiene and safe handling of condiments, tissues, stirrers etc.
  • Separate kitchens, equipment, utensils, and cleaning cloths being maintained for veg and non-veg food, as always
  • Mandatory FSSAI and McDonald’s trainings being conducted for all employees on prevention against COVID-19

#McDonaldsGoldenGuarantee for Food Safety

  • Food being prepared and servedwithout being touched by bare hands
  • In-store dining, take-out and delivery services being carried out in a completely contactless manner
  • Ensuring 100% traceability for allingredients used in the McDonald’s food
  • Highest food preparation standards being ensured with extra attention to food hygiene including source tracking, kitchen sanitization and regular food safety audits
  • Trucks carrying goods are being fumigated before entering
  • Full-cover body suits are being worn by all employees and visitorsat the premises of select suppliers
  • Regular assessment of suppliers and their food is being conducted for complete safety
  • All employees handling food in the suppliers’ kitchens stand within the social distancing markings created for them

#McDonaldsGoldenGuarantee for Delicious Food

  • Food beingprepared freshly once the order is placed
  • The freshest locally sourced ingredients are used in the food at McDonald’s

Speaking on this Golden Guarantee by McDonald’s India West and South,Smita Jatia, Managing Director, Hardcastle Restaurants Pvt Ltd. says “Outstanding Quality, Service and Cleanliness have always been the hallmark of our business. In the current scenario, we completely understand the concerns and anxieties of our customers. With our promise of Golden Guarantee, we are not leaving any stone unturned to ensure complete safety for both our customers and our employees every step of the way.It’s our commitment and assurance that while you enjoy your favourite McDonald’s food, we have got you completely covered.”

McDonald’s India West and South is renowned for the world-class dining experience that they offer since their inception in the country and the Golden Guarantee is another way of upholding the trust of their customers. Last month, the brand had implemented a 42-pointer checklist to pave the way for the future of dining and further tighten safety for customers and people across their operations.

 About Westlife Development:

Westlife Development Limited (BSE: 505533) (WDL) focuses on setting up and operating Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) in India through its subsidiary Hardcastle Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. (HRPL). The Company operates a chain of McDonald’s restaurants in West and South India, having a master franchisee relationship with McDonald’s Corporation USA, through the latter’s Indian subsidiary.

About Hardcastle Restaurants:

Hardcastle Restaurants Pvt Ltd (HRPL) is a McDonald’s franchisee with rights to own and operate McDonald’s restaurants in India’s west and south markets. HRPL has been a franchisee in this part of India since its inception in 1996.

As a leader in the QSR industry, McDonald’s in West and South India serves approximately 200 million customers, annually, at its 319 (as of March 31, 2020) McDonald’s restaurants across 42 cities in the states of Telangana, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, parts of Madhya Pradesh and Union Territory of Puducherry, and provides direct employment to over 10,000 employees. McDonald’s operates through various formats and brand extensions including standalone restaurants, drive- thru’s, 24/7, McDelivery, McBreakfast and dessert Kiosks. The menu features Burgers, Finger Foods, Wraps and Hot and Cold Beverages besides a wide range of desserts. Several of the McDonald’s Restaurants feature an in-house coffee chain McCafé.

The pillars of the McDonald’s system – Quality, Service, Cleanliness and Value – are evident at each of the restaurants where HRPL operates.

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