McDonald's Serves up New Premium Salad to Indiana State Legislature

INDIANAPOLIS--()--April 14, 2003--

 Restaurants in Indiana Feature New McDonald's Premium Salads with Newman's Own(R) All-Natural Salad Dressings 

To kick-off the start of McDonald's(R) new Premium Salads in Indiana, McDonald's representatives served up the new Premium Salad to the Indiana State Legislature at a special event at the Indiana State Capitol. McDonald's new Premium Salads, featuring Newman's Own all-natural salad dressings, will be available in participating restaurants across the country.

"Our new Premium Salads served with Newman's Own all-natural salad dressings is another way we are providing our customers with high quality, wholesome food options we know they will enjoy eating and appreciate the variety", said Roland Long, McDonald's Owner/Operator in Bloomington, Indiana.

McDonald's new Premium Salads are an exceptional new addition to its menu - offering customers three wholesome, high quality salad entree options with warm breast of chicken -- either grilled or crispy -- garden fresh vegetables, flavorful cheeses and Newman's Own all-natural salad dressings. More specifically, the salad and dressing offerings include:

-- California Cobb Salad: premium mixed greens tossed with succulent grape tomatoes, shaved carrots, crumbled blue cheese, hickory-smoked bacon and chopped egg. Offered with Newman's Own California Cobb Dressing: a Creamy Vinaigrette - hearty, creamy full-bodied dressing with a blend of cheeses, hints of sweet pepper and savory herbs.

-- Caesar Salad: premium mixed greens with succulent grape tomatoes, shaved carrots, grated Parmesan cheese, and savory garlic croutons. Offered with Newman's Own Creamy Caesar Dressing - Restaurant Style - a rich creamy Caesar dressing with a perfect blend of olive oil, cheeses and garlic.

-- Bacon Ranch Salad: premium mixed greens tossed with succulent grape tomatoes, shaved carrots, jack and cheddar cheese with hickory-smoked bacon. Offered with Newman's Own Ranch Dressing - Restaurant Style - creamy buttermilk dressing made with chives and parsley for a delicious savory flavor.

-- Also available is a new (no-meat) side salad with premium mixed greens, succulent grape tomatoes and shaved carrots. An additional salad dressing option is Newman's Own Light Balsamic Vinaigrette - a delicious, premium vinaigrette with the distinct, full flavor of aged balsamic vinegar and 50 percent less fat and 50 percent fewer calories than Newman's Own regular balsamic dressing.

Newman's Own exclusive alliance with McDonald's includes the offering of the four different types of salad dressings in convenient dressing packets. Nutritional information for Newman's Own all-natural salad dressings is printed on the packaging. McDonald's new Premium Salads nutritional information, as with all standard products, is available in our restaurants in our McDonald's & You(R) brochures, online at www.mcdonalds.com and via McDonald's toll-free customer phone number (1-800-244-6227).

McDonald's Restaurants of Central Indiana . . . We feed the community in more ways than one.

McDonald's is the world's leading foodservice retailer, with more than 30,000 restaurants serving over 46 million people. Approximately 80 percent of McDonald's U.S. restaurants are owned and operated by independent local businessmen and women.

Newman's Own is an all-natural line of food products created by Paul Newman. Paul Newman donates all his profits, after taxes, from the sale of these products for educational and charitable purposes. Paul Newman has donated over $125 million to thousands of charities since 1982.

(C)2003 McDonald's Corporation

Contacts

Bandy-Carroll-Hellige
Denise Herd, 317/684-7711
or
McDonald's
Pam Fisher, 317/849-7950

Contacts

Bandy-Carroll-Hellige
Denise Herd, 317/684-7711
or
McDonald's
Pam Fisher, 317/849-7950