OUR HISTORY
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The history of McDonald’s

If the creation of the burger is attributed to the German town of Hamburg, then the first McDonald’s concept should be associated with the United States, where brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald drafted the McDonald’s concept in 1937. Their meeting with Ray Kroc, brand founder and eventual owner, gave a whole new dimension to their small business idea.

1955

1955

Ray Kroc has an idea

Amazed by the brothers’ performance, Ray Kroc encouraged them to develop their franchisee network. A few years and a few commercial successes later, Ray Kroc bought the company from Richard and Maurice for $2.7 million. Four years later, Kroc opened his 100th restaurant in 1960.

1955
1960

1960

The McDonald’s Corporation takes off

Ten years after the opening of its very first restaurant in Chicago, McDonald’s launches its first public stock offering.

1960
1965

1965

Filet-O-Fish

The Filet-O-Fish sandwich was the first item added to the national menu. It was created by Lou Groen, a McDonald’s Cincinnati franchisee, to help build volume in the predominantly Roman Catholic community in which his restaurant was located.

1965
1967

1967

McDonald’s goes international

Previously only available in the US, McDonald’s focused on expanding its network further and opened new franchised restaurants in Canada and Puerto Rico.

1967
1968

1968

A star is born

The Big Mac, created by owner/operator Jim Delligatti of Pittsburgh, is introduced to the McDonald’s menu.

1968
1971

1971

McDonald’s hits Europe

Further testament to the success of McDonald’s is brought about by the first European franchisee in the Netherlands.

1971
1973

1973

Quarter Pounder

The Quarter Pounder and the Quarter Pounder with Cheese make their debut on the menu.

1973
1975

1975

Hit the road Jack

A new concept is introduced to the McDonald’s brand with the introduction of their first drive thru restaurant in Arizona.

1975
1975

1975

Egg McMuffin

The Egg McMuffin, created by owner/operator Herb Peterson of Santa Barbara, California, makes it to the national menu.

1975
1979

1979

Hello Happy!

The first Happy Meal is introduced to the McDonald’s menu.

1979
1983

1983

Chicken McNuggets

The Chicken McNuggets are introduced into all domestic US restaurants.
1983
1993

1993

McCafe

The world’s first McCafe opens in Melbourne, Australia.
1993
1995

1995

McFlurry

McFlurry desserts, invented by Ron McLellan, owner/operator in Canada, are added to the McDonald’s Canada menu.

1995
1995

1995

McDonald’s becomes a local household name

The first McDonald’s Malta restaurant is warmly welcomed in Valletta.

1995
2001

2001

New century, new burger

The Big Tasty is introduced to the McDonald’s menu and launched worldwide with immediate success.

2001
2002

2002

McHappy Day is organised worldwide

The first McHappy Day was organised as a global initiative in 2002. Since then it has been repeated every year in order to raise funds for children in need.

2002
2003

2003

I’m Lovin’ it

McDonald’s first global ad campaign, “I’m lovin’ it”, is launched in Munich, Germany, on September 2.

2003
2008

2008

Bigger, better

The first local McCafé opens in Victoria, Gozo. McDonald’s Malta begins the remodelling process of all of its local stores.

2008
2015

2015

Breakfast all day

McDonald’s USA launches All-Day Breakfast.

2015
2017

2017

McDelivery

Global McDelivery is celebrated on July 26 to support the global launch of McDelivery with UberEATS.

2017