From smart syrups to Smart-Tel™


1955: The year that changed the fast-food world as we know it. Otherwise known as the year the first McDonald’s restaurant opened. Situated east of the Mississippi River, the outlet was the first of over 13,000 US and 38,000 global locations that are today operated by the fast-food chain, mainly using franchises (95% in the US are franchised businesses).

Alongside great demand for many of its menu staples, from burgers to French fries, Coca-Cola® has forever been hugely popular with customers at every McDonald’s location. And, while customer love for soft drinks has long been a solid revenue stream for the multinational, back in the day it caused some untidiness behind the scenes caused by syrup bag-in-box and high-pressure bottles.

Enter Chart Industries. In 1984, 29 years after the first restaurant opening, the US cryogenic equipment provider developed a one-of-a-kind solution to both help the build-up of bag-in-box containers and streamline soft drink carbonation as more locations opened and demand continued to race ahead.

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