Retailers, consumers and prices
Check Out Line: America loves smoothies
Check Out Americans’ growing appetite for McDonald’s smoothies.
We’re all caffeine-fueled coffee maniacs, so it’s no surprise the restaurants’ new line of espresso-based coffee and Frappe drinks from the McCafe line performed well.
The coffee and smoothie drinks, launched as a rival to Starbucks, don’t seem to be hurt by the competition in that category. McDonald’s cited sales from McCafes, which opened in the U.S. in 2001, for a 5.7 percent same-store sales increase in the U.S. Sales at established restaurants rose 7 percent globally.
Could be McDonald’s is making some headway with the healthy crowd. A large strawberry banana smoothie is 330 calories, compared to 380 calories for the largest sized all-fruit strawberry-and-banana smoothie at Jamba Juice.