In the brand’s five biggest markets – the US, France, the UK, Germany and Canada – 75% of the population lives within three miles of a McDonald’s restaurant, it said, making a comprehensive delivery offer an achievable prospect.
The statement added that McDonald’s was already a leading provider of delivered food in markets including China, South Korea and Singapore, where delivery sales are almost $1bn. It added: "No other food company in the world has this reach and ability to be this convenient to so many customers through delivery."
The announcement on delivery came as part of a long-term global growth plan revealed at the company’s investor day in Chicago, and also explored opportunities from improved digital technology and continued restaurant upgrades.
Chief executive Steve Easterbrook said: "To deliver sustained growth, we have to attract more customers, more often. Our greatest opportunities reside at the very heart of our brand – our food, value and the customer experience.
"Through enhanced technology to elevate and modernize the customer experience, a focus on the quality and value of our food and redefined convenience through delivery, we have a bold vision for the future and the urgency to act on it."