McDonald’s® Introduces Real Fruit Smoothies to its Successful Line of McCafé® Beverages

SAN DIEGO – July 6, 2010 – McDonald’s is introducing a line of Real Fruit Smoothies, flavorful, icy treats made with real fruit and low-fat yogurt, and is offering social media fans an exclusive sampling at the San Diego tweetup on July 16.

McDonald’s Smoothies are made from a creamy blend of real fruit – strawberries, bananas, blueberries and blackberries – and low-fat yogurt. The frosty drink is also available without yogurt and comes in three icy cool sizes – small (12 ounces), medium (16 ounces) or large (22 ounces). McDonald’s customers can choose between two Smoothie flavors – Strawberry Banana and Wild Berry.

McDonald’s is hosting a Tweetup in San Diego to allow interested customers a free sample of the newest addition to the successful line of McCafé beverages. Tweetup attendees will have a chance to sample the smooth and creamy new drinks and opportunities to win free McDonald’s prize packs for tweeting about their experience.

“McDonald’s always strives to offer customers a variety of food and beverage items to fulfill their needs and satisfy their taste buds,” said Philip Palumbo, president of the McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association of San Diego County. “Adding Real Fruit Smoothies to the menu means customers have a healthy and flavorful beverage option to enjoy with breakfast, their favorite Extra Value Meal® or as a satisfying midday snack.”

The San Diego McDonald’s Smoothie Tweetup will be held Friday, July 16 at 10:30 a.m. at McDonald’s located at 9871 Aero Drive in San Diego. For more details on the event and to RSVP, follow @MySanDiegoMcD on Twitter or visit www.Twtvite.com/SD_McD. Twitter followers can also qualify for prizes by entering retweet contests on July 7, 9, 12 and 15. Follow @MySanDiegoMcD for details.

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 Smoothies builds upon the existing line of McCafé drinks, including Lattes, Cappuccinos, Frappés, 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.