The golden arches of McDonalds. Photo: John Gass
The golden arches of McDonalds. Photo: John Gass

Putting weight behind delivery

PIZZA, Chinese, Thai, and Indian are among some of Australia's favourite home delivered meals so perhaps it was only a matter of time before fast-food giant McDonald's weighed into the market.

Starting with North Parramatta, in Sydney's western suburbs, McDonald's home delivery "trial" has already expanded to include seven restaurants in NSW.

These include Westmead, Waterloo, Rosehill, Stanmore, Sydney Airport Gateway and Kingsford.

Home deliveries are also being offered in South Melbourne, Hervey Bay, Queensland, and Karratha, Western Australia.

Customers are required to place a minimum $25 order and pay a $4.95 delivery fee for the service.

McDonald's communications manager Laura Keith said there were no plans yet for Grafton or Yamba.

"The trial is being well received and we plan to extend the number of restaurants but at this stage no further timing has been confirmed," she said.

Last week we asked readers of The Daily Examiner to vote online and tell us, would you use a McDonald's home delivery service if offered in the Clarence Valley?

Of the respondents, 36% said yes and 63% said no.

On Facebook, The Daily Examiner page was hot with debate as many said they would not use the service, while others pointed to Australia's high rates of obesity.

While some health experts have expressed concern with the service, nutritionist Rosemary Stanton is reported to have howled when the service was announced last December.

"We need people eating more McDonald's like a hole in the head," she told The Daily Telegraph at the time.

"It's not something the community needs … (it) makes it harder and harder for people to make healthy choices."

Yet the criticism is less audible when it comes to home delivered pizzas, curries and other meals which are cooked in butter or oil, and just as calorie-laden as a Big Mac meal.

Meanwhile Red Rooster started home deliveries in early July within Baulkham Hills, near Parramatta.



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