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Although most Americans continued to eat as they always had—at home, with freshly prepared foods—several important trends in American eating habits began to emerge in the 1950s: standardization and franchising. The symbol of both these trends was the most noted restaurant chain of the century: McDonald's. Founded in 1948, McDonald's expanded across America in the 1950s through a system known as franchising. Franchising offered individual owners the opportunity to own a profitable restaurant if they would follow the McDonald's business formula.

The McDonald's formula was simple: Offer hamburgers, French fries, and milkshakes at a reasonable price, and make sure that the customer receives the same product every time at every restaurant. It helped the restaurant chain sell "billions and billions" of burgers—according to one of it's slogans—and it spawned a number of imitators across the country, including Burger King...

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