San Diego McDonald’s® Restaurants Expand Successful McCafé® Beverage Line with Debut of Frappés

SAN DIEGO – March 5, 2010 – McDonald’s® is introducing Frappés, a new ice-blended treat from the McCafé® line of espresso-based coffees, to San Diego several months before the national launch — including free samples March 18-20.

McDonald’s new Frappés are thick and creamy drinks, blended with ice and a hint of coffee, then topped with whipped cream, and chocolate or caramel drizzle. Customers can choose between the Caramel Frappé with caramel flavor and drizzle, and Mocha Frappé with mocha flavor and chocolate drizzle, each offering a sweet and savory substitute for traditional coffees or sodas.

Complimentary Frappé samples will be available March 18 – 20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at participating San Diego McDonald’s restaurants. Customers can also enjoy surfing the Web for free at most of San Diego County McDonald’s restaurants that are Wi-Fi enabled.

“McDonald’s customers count on us to deliver a variety of quality items that meet their food and beverage needs, and that’s why we’re introducing Frappés to San Diego earlier than other markets,” said Philip Palumbo, president, McDonald’s Owner/ Operator Association of San Diego County. “By adding Frappés to the McCafé line of drinks, our customers will have another great option for getting their morning coffee fix or afternoon treat.”

The new line of delicious drinks come in small (12 ounces), medium (16 ounces) and large (20 ounces) sizes and can be enjoyed on their own or with a meal. Frappés are a great breakfast beverage, a refreshing addition to any Extra Value Meal® and a perfect mid-day refreshment.

McDonald’s has taken strides to increase coffee and beverage options since the launch of its Premium Roast Coffee in 2006 and McCafé drinks in 2009. The addition of Frappés builds upon the existing line of McCafé drinks, including Lattes, Cappuccinos, Mochas and Hot Chocolate. All McCafé Coffees are made with quality ingredients, including Arabica coffee beans harvested in Central and South America and the mountainous regions of Indonesia.

McDonald’s USA, LLC is the leading foodservice provider in the United States, serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to millions of customers every day. More than 90 percent of McDonald’s San Diego restaurants are independently owned and operated by local franchisees. For more information on San Diego County McDonald’s restaurants, visit www.sdmcdonalds.com.