Australians are calling out McDonald’s for almost doubling the price of popular food items as the fast food chain battles with the soaring costs of ingredients as inflation continues to bite.
One Aussie went as far to say the new prices were a ‘joke’ in a Reddit thread where users shared what ‘subtle signs’ of a recession they had been noticing.
A comparison of the price of items in 2019 and those in 2022 has revealed that even a soft serve cone now costs fast food lovers more.
A Big Mac (pictured) cost $5.65 in 2019 and now costs $6.90. To get the burger in a large meal cost $10.55 three years ago and now costs $12.70
When ordering at the restaurant or via the MyMaccas app, a Big Mac cost $5.75 in 2019 and now costs $6.90. To get the burger in a large meal cost $10.55 three years ago and now costs up to $12.70.
The humble Filet-O-Fish which used to cost up to $5 now costs $5.80.
In 2019, a box of 20 McNuggets cost up to $12.40 and are now priced at $13.30.
Meanwhile, a chicken snack wrap has increased in price from $2.50 to $4.15.
Even a soft serve cone, which cost 60c in 2019, now costs 80c.
Meanwhile for drinks, a large Coke cost $3.35 in 2019 and now costs $4.55.
In 2019, a box of 20 McNuggets cost up to $12.40 and are now priced at $13.30. Meanwhile, a chicken snack wrap has increased in price from $2.50 to $4.15.
Even a soft serve cone (left) which cost 60c in 2019 now costs 80c while McNuggets (right) have also increased in price
The price of menu items vary slightly across stores as franchisees are in some cases responsible for setting and adjusting the prices.
In a statement, McDonald’s told Daily Mail Australia: ‘As individual businesses, McDonald’s prices are set at a restaurant level.
‘Like all businesses, we review menu prices from time to time and consider several factors, including the higher-cost environment we are operating in.
‘While this may result in slight changes, Macca’s is committed to delivering great value for our Aussie customers.’
Richard Hill, the licensee of seven WA McDonalds outlets in Perth, said the price increase came down to rising inflation and production costs.
‘This is the toughest environment I’ve ever seen and I’ve been in the business for 40 years,’ he told PerthNow in July.
‘We’re paying double for a piece of equipment that we might’ve paid for two years ago because the cost of shipping around the world has dramatically changed.’
Last month, a McDonald’s customer took to social media to complain the size of menu items like a McChicken and Filet-O-Fish were shrinking.
‘Have Mc Donald Filet-O-Fish always been this small? I don’t remember it being mini, kid-size like this?!’ one shopper wrote on Facebook.
One patron took to Facebook to complain about the noticeable size difference between a Filet-O-Fish compared to the eatery’s McChicken and a beef burger
Foodies in the comments were quick to agree with the unsatisfied customer as another agreed the burgers are now ‘super small’.
‘We had Big Macs last week. Not only have the buns shrunk but the meat patties were so thin we could see literally through them. Was as if they had sliced them in half,’ one member said.
McDonald’s denies the customer’s claims as a spokesperson said ‘there have been no changes’ to the outlet’s burgers
‘Just like the Quarter Pounder, got its name as it was a quarter pound of beef, it’s barely that now,’ another replied.
‘Inflated price…deflated goods,’ a third added.
A spokesperson said ‘there have been no changes to the size of the burgers’.
‘We are committed to offering our customers great quality, great value burgers featuring 100 per cent RSPCA approved chicken and 100 per cent Aussie beef.’
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