McDonald’s hikes menu prices as burger costs go up for first time in 14 years

McDonald’s is hiking prices by up to 20p across many of its menu items – with the burger chain blaming rising inflation.

The fast food chain only gave one exact example – its humble cheeseburger, which will go up in price today from 99p to £1.19.

McDonald’s has not raised its cheeseburger prices for 14 years.

Exactly how much McDonald’s food will go up in price by will vary a bit – but the restaurant giant says some items will increase by between 10p and 20p.

Each McDonald’s branch is free to set its own prices – except on the saver menu, where different franchises tend to charge the same amount.

McDonald’s can recommend how its franchises set their prices, but can’t order them to.

Most of the price rises will kick in this summer.

The items definitely going up in price are:

Breakfast meal
Main meal
McNugget share box
Large coffee
Some McDonald’s items won’t go up in price at all.

These are:

Mayo chicken burger
McDonald’s UK and Ireland chief executive Alistair Macrow said: “We’re living through incredibly challenging times and we’re all seeing the cost of everyday items, such as food and energy, increase in a way many of us have never experienced.

“Just like you, our company, our franchisees who own and operate our restaurants, and our suppliers are all feeling the impact of rising inflation.”

Higher food and petrol prices have pushed inflation up to a 40-year high of 9.4% in June, the latest figures show.

High inflation affects how much you spend in shops and restaurants – but it also affects businesses’ own costs.

Macrow added: “Since we opened in the UK in 1974, we’ve committed to offering great tasting food at affordable prices, and that commitment will not change.

“But today’s pressures mean, like many, we’re having to make some tough choices about our prices.”

Earlier this month McDonald’s launched its first-ever loyalty card – as did its main rival, Burger King.

Fast food giants McDonald’s and Burger King are offering points for patties with their first ever loyalty cards.

McDonald’s diners will earn a point for every penny spent. When they hit certain targets, they can trade them in for food or donate them to charity.

Burger King customers will get 10 points for every £1 spent. There are 22 different rewards on offer.

McDonald’s has also warned how some items might be temporarily off the menu due to supply chain issues.

Other dishes might have certain ingredients missing, the fast food chain explained.

Maccies has put up posters in some of its restaurants as a precaution to warn customers.