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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 13: A 32-ounce soda is filled at a Manhattan McDonalds on September 13, 2012 in New York City. In an effort to combat obesity, the New York City Board of Health voted to ban the sale of large sugary drinks. The controversial measure bars the sale of sugar drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants and concessions. (Photo Illustration by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 13: A 32-ounce soda is filled at a Manhattan McDonalds on September 13, 2012 in New York City. In an effort to combat obesity, the New York City Board of Health voted to ban the sale of large sugary drinks. The controversial measure bars the sale of sugar drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants and concessions. (Photo Illustration by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Brian Niemietz | New York Daily ɫ̳

McDonald’s reportedly  and, at some locations, do away with free refills.

The fast-food giant plans to remove all  from stores by 2032. Some restaurants that offer complimentary beverage refills may stop doing that as well.

Foodservice Results CEO Darren Tristano, a food service industry researcher, expects other fast food joints to follow McDonald’s lead.

“McDonald’s is a leader and most other fast food chains are fast followers,” he told CBS ɫ̳ in a story published this week.

Planned changes are reportedly meant to bring uniformity to all McDonald’s operations and make all customers’ experiences the same whether they’re picking up, dining in or using . Individual franchises will decide if they want to charge to refill soda cups. Most of McDonald’s 14,300 restaurants are franchises.

Plans to implement the move are part of a large  first reported on in September. The changeover has reportedly been .

Though McDonald’s reported a 2023 spike in global comparative sales, the company has still been impacted by inflation, which has left . That anger came to a head in 2022 when an Idaho man posted his  from “a burger, a large fry and a drink,” though he didn’t note his “burger” was a limited-edition specialty menu item.

McDonald’s announced last week it will soon offer  to diners on a budget. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ said in October that  from the previous year.

It’s not clear what McDonald’s plans to do with its thousands of public soda fountains. Despite growing competition, the  remains  fast food chain. The global hospitality company says it serves 63 million customers daily.

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