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Arcos Dorados Announces Happy Meal Promotional Alliance with Disney in Latin America

November 14, 2019

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 14, 2019--

Arcos Dorados (NYSE: ARCO), the world’s largest McDonald’s independent franchisee, announces a 5-year promotional alliance with leading entertainment brand The Walt Disney Company Latin America to add even more fun to Latin American families with the Happy Meal.

Happy Meal, which in 2019 celebrates its 40 th anniversary, has been updating its menu offering to provide a complete experience for its millions of consumers throughout Latin America. In the last few months, it introduced enhancements to its proposal of kids’ meals to offer a richer and more nutritious menu, through adding more fruits and vegetables and reducing fat, sodium and added sugar. To feature the best combination of food and entertainment, it will now include the characters of kids´ most-beloved movies with this promotional alliance with Disney.

The first joint toy collection will be launched in December and will be with one of the most anticipated movie releases of recent times: Lucasfilm’s STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, that will open in Latin American theaters on December 19. The agreement also includes toy collections and promotional activities on McDonald’s kids’ menus featuring some Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Disney Live Action, Marvel Studios and Lucas Film movies (film studios that are owned by Disney).

“Two brands that have the ability to generate unique moments for Latin American families join,” said Santiago Blanco, Chief Marketing Officer at Arcos Dorados. “Disney’s magic adds to our responsibility for continuous improvement of the Happy Meal, that intends to offer new flavors and ingredients that are more aligned with current consumption habits and nutritional standards, and to provide experiences in our restaurants that are increasingly more attractive,” concluded the executive.

In turn, Cristina Giosa, Chief Marketing Officer at The Walt Disney Company Latin America, added: “This promotional alliance adds Disney’s beloved entertainment to the Happy Meal through our stories and characters, generating a significant collaboration between the two companies that amplifies the consumer experience.”

Star Wars

The first collection of the promotional alliance between Arcos Dorados and The Walt Disney Company Latin America will be accompanying the launch of the Lucasfilm movie STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. The collection will be composed of 16 toys of characters of the Star Wars saga, each including a surprise factor through hologram resources.

About Arcos Dorados

Arcos Dorados is the world’s largest independent McDonald’s franchisee in terms of sales throughout the system and of number of restaurants. The Company is the largest fast food service chain (QSR) in Latin America and the Caribbean, with exclusive rights to own, operate, and grant franchises for McDonald’s restaurants in 20 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Argentina, Aruba, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The Company operates or franchises out over 2,200 McDonald’s restaurants with more than 90,000 employees and is acknowledged as one of the best companies to work for in Latin America. Arcos Dorados is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ARCO). To learn more about the Company, please visit the Investors section of our website: www.arcosdorados.com/ir

About The Walt Disney Company Latin America

The Walt Disney Company Latin America is responsible for the Disney brand and its business throughout the region. It gives Latin American audiences the opportunity of receiving Disney in their homes through TV, radio, and Internet entertainment, and in shops, where they can find consumer products; as well as the opportunity of enjoying live shows, music, and movies in theaters.


Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey with STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. In the riveting conclusion of the Skywalker saga, new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come. STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER opens in Latin American theaters on December 19.

The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, and Billy Dee Williams.

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER is directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan. Callum Greene, Tommy Gormley, and Jason McGatlin serve as executive producers. STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER was written by J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio.

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