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We're not lovin' it McDonald's is UK's most-hated brand
The Scotsman ^ | 9/21/2009 | Alastair Dalton

Posted on 09/20/2009 7:15:10 PM PDT by Saije

FAST food giant McDonald's has been named as Britain's most-hated brand in a new survey by marketing experts. The American burger chain – unpopular with 46 per cent of consumers – topped a list of the least-liked brands which featured some of the country's biggest names.

Tesco was second most hated in the poll for Marketing magazine, followed by Coca-Cola and the discount fashion chain Primark.

However, the research showed some of the most well-known brands also attracted consumers in equal measure.

Tesco and Coca-Cola were also voted Britain's sixth and seventh most loved brands respectively.

Both were more loved than hated, with 66 per cent backing for Tesco and 51 per cent for Coca-Cola. McDonald's attracted 36 per cent support.

Brand experts said dislike of McDonald's derived from health concerns and its market dominance.

Charlie Robertson, of Glasgow's Red Spider brand consultancy, said: "People are worried about growing obesity and fast food, while they also dislike McDonald's for its bland Americanising of the high street."

However, he said polarised opinion over major brands – the so-called "Marmite effect" – was simply because they were so high profile. He said: "If you are big, you are going to attract more negative opinion."

Marketing said the most hated brands were typically seen as being of poor quality and value for money, unreliable, and having irritating advertising.

Primark and Nestle were singled out for their perceived poor ethical record, over sourcing and marketing in poor countries. Sky and BT were seen as providing services that consumers were more likely to have a strong opinion about when things went wrong.

The brands topping the most-loved list made popular "comfort" products – such as Cadbury for its chocolate and Heinz for soup and baked beans.

(Excerpt) Read more at thescotsman.scotsman.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food
KEYWORDS: 2009polls; cocacola; fastfood; food; mcdonalds; uk
They hate it but I bet they eat there. Just like the rest of us.
1 posted on 09/20/2009 7:15:11 PM PDT by Saije
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To: Saije

So where does White Castle fit in??


2 posted on 09/20/2009 7:16:39 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Saije
they also dislike McDonald's for its bland Americanising of the high street.

I have to agree. Brits need to stick to nourishing and flavorful standards like haggis, steak-and-kidney pie and blood pudding.

3 posted on 09/20/2009 7:18:09 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always)
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To: Saije

The Brits love their horrid Blimpy brand sawdust burgers. Just looking up the name it looks like they’ve managed to infiltrate everything.


4 posted on 09/20/2009 7:18:33 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Chi-townChief
The American Midwest plus the NYC Burroughs and New Jersey.

Ukian people are not entitled to White Castles.

5 posted on 09/20/2009 7:19:28 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Saije

McDonalds has a new meaning for me. In August I did a series of promotions for the new Angus Burger at three Philadelphia area restaurants. Ronald and I shared the work. He did clown things the first hour and I did a “western” dance program the next hour. Small children are a challenge but I’ve done a number of parties for that demo over the years.


6 posted on 09/20/2009 7:19:41 PM PDT by jimfree (Freep and ye shall find! - I am Joe Wilson.)
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To: Saije

The only thing that matters is the revenue figures.


7 posted on 09/20/2009 7:20:58 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("USAF fighters are the sound of freedom; children are the sound of the future of the Church.")
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To: Saije

Tesco is great. It TOTALLY replaced the ‘Yuppie-fied’ ‘Sainsbury’s’......and competed with stores like ‘Morrison’s’ (which was absolute CRAP). Good to have a bit of competition, eh? It defines ‘middle of the road’. Most of the baby clothes I bought was from Tesco. Incridibly GOOD quality.


8 posted on 09/20/2009 7:22:20 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (http://www.muckety.com/7BECFF40501E647D3741343C37265A57.map)
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To: Saije

TV dinners are more appetizing than British food.


9 posted on 09/20/2009 7:25:13 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("It (Gov't) can't make you happier, healthier, wealthier, and wise" - Sarah Palin 07/26)
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To: Saije
Meanwhile, in France, the French have literally gobbled up McDonald's very quickly, if you read this article from Washington Post's online magazine Slate:

How McDonald's conquered France

McDonald's went out of its way to integrate itself into the finicky French food culture; the result is enormous profits for McDonald's operation in France.

10 posted on 09/20/2009 7:26:02 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Saije

I wish I could start an In N’ Out Burger franchise there. Now thatsa burger.


11 posted on 09/20/2009 7:27:00 PM PDT by BigFinn
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To: Saije
They just don't want you to know about it.


12 posted on 09/20/2009 7:27:31 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Saije

I find McDonalds disgusting. Their stores are filthy. I can eat a Big Mac for nostalgia’s sake but not the fries which are not like they used to be.

Tesco, which in America is “Fresh & Easy” is a dump. I wouldn’t buy food there if you paid me.


13 posted on 09/20/2009 7:28:39 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Saije
Brand experts said dislike of McDonald's derived from health concerns and its market dominance. Charlie Robertson, of Glasgow's Red Spider brand consultancy, said: "People are worried about growing obesity and fast food

Yep, I don't blame them, it just not right the way McDonalds' sends clown squads around to break down peoples doors and force Big Mac's down their throats causing this obesity crisis...(Sarcasm Off)

14 posted on 09/20/2009 7:30:54 PM PDT by apillar
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To: apillar

I like McDonald’s and Coca Cola!


15 posted on 09/20/2009 7:32:05 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: apillar

I like McDonald’s and Coca Cola!


16 posted on 09/20/2009 7:32:14 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: BunnySlippers

I dumped some leftover fries on the snow on winter so that birds or other critters could eat them. I watched them sit there all winter. No animal was stupid enough to eat them.


17 posted on 09/20/2009 7:32:23 PM PDT by tired1 (When the Devil eats you there's only one way out.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
A skilled British cook is one who can boil water without burning it. All their best cooks are imported from France, India, Italy or anywhere else.

The only other country who can compete with them as the world's worst cooks is possibly Germany.

18 posted on 09/20/2009 7:41:35 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Saije
McDonalds has Ronald McDonald Houses all over the place for families who have children in hospitals. I have, unfortunately, become very familiar with them of late, visiting family with a gravely ill child. They provide a safe place to live for families who have to travel away from home so their children can get medical treatment.

The fee is only $10 a night, but they don't require anyone to pay if they cannot. They also provide a fully stocked kitchen for those who can no longer afford to buy food to cook. The houses also have laundry facilities, play areas for the other children in the family and plenty of "quiet areas" where parents can go to be alone with their thoughts. They also provide event tickets, etc., to provide a little diversion to the parents and families stressed life. You walk through a Ronald McDonald House and you will begin to count your blessings and thank God for giving you and yours good health.

People bad mouth McDonalds, but they are doing God's work in a number of ways. Plus, as someone posted, no one is forced to eat there against their will.

19 posted on 09/20/2009 7:42:18 PM PDT by Lawgvr1955 (You can never have too much cowbell !!)
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To: BunnySlippers

If I have the time and I’m by myself, I’ll go to Burger King and order a whopper, hit Wendy’s for some fries and Taco Bell for a Pepsi.


20 posted on 09/20/2009 7:42:33 PM PDT by TNdandelion (I'd rather have FedEx run my healthcare than USPS.)
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To: Saije
Yes, I'm curious — is McDonalds making profits over there?
21 posted on 09/20/2009 7:43:45 PM PDT by BenLurkin (Brave amateurs....they do their part.)
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To: Saije

Why eat McDonalds when you can have this? :-p
http://blog.23x.net/5/what-is-a-munchy-box.html


22 posted on 09/20/2009 7:44:00 PM PDT by Flashman_at_the_charge (I'd rather be a birther than a leg tingler!)
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To: jimfree

One of my favorite days at McHell was kicking with Ronald in the basement smoking butts after some promo we had.


23 posted on 09/20/2009 7:44:45 PM PDT by discostu (When I'm walking a dark road I am a man who walks alone)
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To: Vigilanteman
The only other country who can compete with them as the world's worst cooks is possibly Germany.

I've traveled to both on business several times. Germany edges out Britain for food, they tie for beer.

24 posted on 09/20/2009 7:46:03 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Saije

Has anyone noticed the McD’s commercials here in the states?

The people in them... seem to be everything but WASP.


25 posted on 09/20/2009 7:46:11 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Obama-care won't pull Grandma's plug - because Grandma won't be plugged in under Obama-care.)
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To: Keith in Iowa
The people in them... seem to be everything but WASP.

They had one tonight on the Emmys, and every language but English was showcased.

26 posted on 09/20/2009 7:47:53 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

They fry instead of broil...


27 posted on 09/20/2009 7:51:00 PM PDT by gman992
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

“Tesco is great.”

Bratislava (Slovakia) had 3 big Tescos, sort of a combination of Walmart and an old style department store.
I used them for paper goods, groceries, housewares, and computer supplies.
I did not think much of their clothing.


28 posted on 09/20/2009 7:51:55 PM PDT by AlexW (Now in the Philippines . Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: TNdandelion

My three favorite fast food places are IN-N-OUT, Der Weinerschnitzel and McDonald’s.

The best two flavors of Coca Cola are the original flavor of Classic Coke and then Cherry Coke!


29 posted on 09/20/2009 7:53:50 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: Saije
yup, a lot of them hate everything American, but that doesn't stopem...
30 posted on 09/20/2009 7:55:06 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: BunnySlippers

My hubby and I went to McD’s for burgers about two months ago for the first time. Those burgers are terrible! And expensive! Why in the world do people eat that? Whataburger is way better.

I am series.


31 posted on 09/20/2009 7:58:53 PM PDT by Hound of the Baskervilles ("Nonsense in the intellect draws evil after it." C.S. Lewis)
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To: Saije

If McDonald’s menu items were all halal, it wouldn’t even be in the top ten of this list.


32 posted on 09/20/2009 7:58:57 PM PDT by MadJack ("Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." (Afghan proverb))
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To: Saije
The American burger chain – unpopular with 46 per cent of consumers – topped a list of the least-liked brands which featured some of the country's biggest names.

There's only one American burger chain endorsed by this healthcare fanatic. Five Guys Burgers and Fries regular cheeseburger (which is actually a double cheeseburger) is about 840 calories and 1050mg Sodium. Throw in half a regular order of Ocean fries and you got yourself a 1400 calorie snack there Barry. Way to set the example jerk. Oh I forgot, you and the missus have that free healthcare for life thing now. Thank me.

33 posted on 09/20/2009 8:14:57 PM PDT by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash ?)
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To: Saije

34 posted on 09/20/2009 8:32:57 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

One of these is a clown. The other is the mascot of a multinational fast-food company.


35 posted on 09/20/2009 8:35:55 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Lawgvr1955

I take the grand kids to McDonalds often. The kids love it and I enjoy telling them that a group of crazies called PETA wants to take their McDonalds food away.

Thanks for the reminder to donate to Ronald McDonald House while I’m there.


36 posted on 09/20/2009 8:57:29 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: Saije

We’re not lovin’ it …

Then don’t eat it! Geez........


37 posted on 09/20/2009 8:58:49 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: 1035rep

I love McDonald’s $1 double hamburger, and they’ve got great oatmeal cookies, and the best iced tea around. Also, I love their side salads, which cost $1. You get the salad, it has two cherry tomatoes and mixed greens, and carrot strips in it, is always fresh, and you get Paul Newman salad dressing with it (diet or regular, I love the creamy french and the low cal Italian), croutons if you ask for them, and plastic fork and knife, all for one buck. I’ve stopped buying the bags of salad at the grocery stores. Why buy those when you can get fresher, healthier, and cheaper salad at McDonald’s. I go and buy 2 or three of them to bring home (the bagged salads at the store cost $2.50 to $3), so the cost is the same, and the quality from McDonald’s is much better. I like their breakfast food too. To me, McDonald’s is the perfect example of capitalism at its best. May they exist as long as I am alive.


38 posted on 09/20/2009 9:30:07 PM PDT by flaglady47 (Derangement = Liberalism)
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To: flaglady47

“To me, McDonald’s is the perfect example of capitalism at its best.”

Excellent!


39 posted on 09/20/2009 9:41:36 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: Lawgvr1955

“McDonalds has Ronald McDonald Houses all over the place...”

Yes, that is a very good charity. We very rarely eat at McDonalds (I am not a fast food person) but we have been stopping in for some of those new coffees. Yummy, but oddly I want sugar in mine, and I never take sugar in my coffee. (See, there is the devious McDonald’s plan to make me fat!) And we had those Angus burgers this summer, also very good.

I must remember to put some money in the Ronald McDonald House jar next time.

I used to do it all the time when the kid was young and we ate there regularly.


40 posted on 09/20/2009 10:26:56 PM PDT by jocon307 ( We're dealing with COMMUNISTS here, folks!)
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To: muawiyah

Krystals are better. :D


41 posted on 09/20/2009 11:54:42 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Saije

Surprised they didn’t mention Burger King. On a trip to Britain a few years ago, I observed many BK outlets. Their slogan: Why eat like a clown when you can eat like a king?


42 posted on 09/21/2009 5:40:18 AM PDT by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: BunnySlippers
"Tesco"

A dump? Really? My Brit in-laws shop at Tesco on a regular basis. They looked pretty clean to me. Can't say anything about the American equivalent.

43 posted on 09/21/2009 5:42:26 AM PDT by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: buccaneer81

I can think of one German food invention which I actually like— sauerkraut. I still can’t think of one English food invention which I couldn’t live without. That is, unless, they invented boiling water— as I suspect could be the case.


44 posted on 09/21/2009 8:05:44 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Keith in Iowa
The people in them... seem to be everything but WASP.

They don't want your WASP business. Check out their website: 365black.com

45 posted on 09/21/2009 3:12:06 PM PDT by PalmettoMason ("an empty limousine pulled up in front of the White House, and Barack Obama got out")
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365black.com is racist.


46 posted on 09/23/2009 9:30:34 PM PDT by AmericanGirlRising (Dear God, please heal our land. II Chronicles 7:14)
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