Is This The Future Of Fast-Food Packaging Or A Disaster Waiting To Happen?

Okay, so it’s not exactly the shame-it-was-a-hoax hands-free Whopper holder, but we are intrigued by the potential (and the potential for disaster) of these prototype fast food containers that stack your entire meal into one calorific Voltron.

Posted over the weekend to the McDonald’s New Zealand Facebook page with the caption “McGenius?” the interlocking containers would put a sandwich on top of a beverage cup, covered by a fry bin that would have indentations on the top where you could store condiments.

So rather than walking down the street with a to-go bag, you’d have a tower of food.

We’re not quite sure it would be a good idea to stack a hot sandwich on top of a cold drink (the possibility for condensation, melting ice, and leakage scare us), the top fry layer seems destined to pop open and vomit fried potatoes all over the place, and it all seems rather top-heavy, so if you stub your toe on a curb or get jostled by a rude pedestrian, it seems like your whole lunch could go Jenga on the sidewalk.

That’s probably why McDonald’s NZ tells BurgerBusiness.com that it is not yet offering these containers to customers.

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  1. KyMann says:

    Looks like something you’d see in a high school “futuristic design” competition — looks neat but so impractical you have to wonder if the person who created it has any sort of real-world experience.

  2. theoriginalcatastrophegirl says:

    i could go for the fry box/burger box combo pack. but as a many year veteran of several fast food restaurants, i am thinking about non perishable in restaurant storage. not every sandwich is going to be a combo. so they need a box for just sandwiches, and a box for just fries anyway. plus some sandwiches are larger, and side order sizes vary.
    how many sizes and shapes of single and combo sandwich boxes does a restaurant need to store? and where will they go? all the metal racks already on site won’t fit those containers.
    sandwich wrap sheets and bags store flat. if you change the label or the logo you don’t need to build a new storage center