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 Post subject: Re: What's McRib made of?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:28 am 
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This is a pretty awesome ("inside baseball") McRib article: http://www.theawl.com/2011/11/a-conspir ... -arbitrage

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Arbitrage is a risk-free way of making money by exploiting the difference between the price of a given good on two different markets—it’s the proverbial free lunch you were told doesn’t exist. In this equation, the undervalued good in question is hog meat, and McDonald’s exploits the value differential between pork’s cash price on the commodities market and in the Quick-Service Restaurant market. If you ignore the fact that this is, by definition, not arbitrage because the McRib is a value-added product, and that there is risk all over the place, this can lead to some interesting conclusions. (If you don’t want to do something so reckless, then stop here.)

The theory that the McRib’s elusiveness is a direct result of the vagaries of the cash price for hog meat in the States is simple: in this thinking, the product is only introduced when pork prices are low enough to ensure McDonald’s can turn a profit on the product. The theory is especially convincing given the McRib's status as the only non-breakfast fast food pork item: why wouldn't there be a pork sandwich in every chain, if it were profitable?

Fast food involves both hideously violent economies of scale and sad, sad end users who volunteer to be taken advantage of. What makes the McRib different from this everyday horror is that a) McDonald’s is huge to the point that it’s more useful to think of it as a company trading in commodities than it is to think of it as a chain of restaurants b) it is made of pork, which makes it a unique product in the QSR world and c) it is only available sometimes, but refuses to go away entirely.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:55 pm 
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chinabox wrote:
This is a pretty awesome ("inside baseball") McRib article: http://www.theawl.com/2011/11/a-conspir ... -arbitrage

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Arbitrage is a risk-free way of making money by exploiting the difference between the price of a given good on two different markets—it’s the proverbial free lunch you were told doesn’t exist. In this equation, the undervalued good in question is hog meat, and McDonald’s exploits the value differential between pork’s cash price on the commodities market and in the Quick-Service Restaurant market. If you ignore the fact that this is, by definition, not arbitrage because the McRib is a value-added product, and that there is risk all over the place, this can lead to some interesting conclusions. (If you don’t want to do something so reckless, then stop here.)

The theory that the McRib’s elusiveness is a direct result of the vagaries of the cash price for hog meat in the States is simple: in this thinking, the product is only introduced when pork prices are low enough to ensure McDonald’s can turn a profit on the product. The theory is especially convincing given the McRib's status as the only non-breakfast fast food pork item: why wouldn't there be a pork sandwich in every chain, if it were profitable?

Fast food involves both hideously violent economies of scale and sad, sad end users who volunteer to be taken advantage of. What makes the McRib different from this everyday horror is that a) McDonald’s is huge to the point that it’s more useful to think of it as a company trading in commodities than it is to think of it as a chain of restaurants b) it is made of pork, which makes it a unique product in the QSR world and c) it is only available sometimes, but refuses to go away entirely.


interesting...hog futures is related to corn feed, and corn prices are driven up by ethanol subsidies. i guess they are doing away with that so the disgusting McRib may stay on the menu permanently in the future. :-&


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 Post subject: Re: What's McRib made of?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:01 pm 
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The McRib is the most awful "meat" sandwich ever. And my standards are pretty low.

As for the shamrock shakes, prospectus, I have to heartily disagree...they were awesome.

Time to bring back the old marketing gang and resurrect Hamburgler, Captain Crook, Grimace and Mayor McCheese. Can't remember the little fries guys names, but it was all funny.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 8:12 pm 
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Fast food scares the crap out of me. Literally and figuratively.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:15 am 
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JDawg, "the fry guys" names were The Fry Guys!

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 Post subject: Re: What's McRib made of?
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Yep...that was my joke...

Trust me, I know my McDs marketing...

Twoallbeefpattiesspecialsaucelettucecheesepicklesonionsonasesameseedbun!

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 Post subject: Re: What's McRib made of?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:29 pm 
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the mystery has been solved:

The McRib is the result of intensive marketing by McDonald’s. Utilizing the basics of supply and demand through creating scarcity over the McRib by only unleashing the culinary abomination for a fraction of the year that is only known once it is released, McDonald’s fans have been known to ‘hoard’ McRib sandwiches and eat them in extreme excess.

But what’s really inside the McRib specifically that makes it such a food abomination? Containing over 70 ingredients, the McRib is full of surprises — including ‘restructured meat’ technology that includes traditionally-discarded animal parts brought together to create a rib-like substance. Here’s some of the disturbing substances found within the McDonald’s McRib sandwich:

A flour-bleaching agent used in yoga mats

Out of the 70 ingredients that make up the ‘pork’ sandwich, a little-known flour-bleaching agent known as azodicarbonamide lies among them. At first glance, this strange ingredient sounds concerning enough to look into. After a little research, you will find that even mainstream media outlets have generated content revealing how azodicarbonamide is actually used in the production of foamed plastics. Foamed plastics like yoga mats and more.


What’s more? In Australia and Europe, the use of azodicarbonamide as a food additive is banned. In Singapore specifically, use of this substance in food can result in a $450,000 fine and 15 years in jail. Thank you McDonald’s for supplying the nation with such healthful ingredients.

‘Restructured Meat’ from Pig Heart, Tongue, Stomach

McDonald’s McRib is famous in some circles for utilizing what’s known as ‘restructured meat’ technology. Since McDonald’s knows you’d never eat a pig heart, tongue, or stomach on your plate, they decided instead to grind up these ingredients and put them into the form of a typical rib. That way, consumers won’t know what they’re putting into their mouths. As the Chicago Mag reported, the innovator of this technology back in 1995 said it best:

“Most people would be extremely unhappy if they were served heart or tongue on a plate… but flaked into a restructured product it loses its identity. Such products as tripe, heart, and scalded stomachs…”

So in other words, it’s not actually a rib. Instead, it’s a combination of unwanted animal scraps processed down in major facilities and ‘restructured’ into the form of a rib. Then, 70 additives, chemicals, fillers, and GMO ingredients later, you have a ‘meat’ product that tastes like ribs.
Read more at http://naturalsociety.com/mcdonalds-mcr ... z2JfQQ1ai7


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 Post subject: Re: What's McRib made of?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:52 pm 
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mmmmmm......

Rib-like substance......


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 Post subject: Re: What's McRib made of?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:48 pm 
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Who wants some pasta with horsemeat?!!!!!

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Nestle, the world's biggest food company, has removed beef pasta meals from shelves in Italy and Spain after tests revealed traces of horse DNA.

The Swiss-based firm has halted deliveries of products containing meat from a German supplier.

Nestle is the latest in a string of major food producers to find traces of horsemeat in beef meals.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21501568

The only time I was in Europe (around 1985) the first country I visited was Luxembourg and a restaurant in the small town where we stayed had horsemeat openly listed on its menu.

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 Post subject: Re: What's McRib made of?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:30 pm 
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yikes! horsemeat is actually probably better for your health due to its low fat content

we can't have that


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 Post subject: Re: What's McRib made of?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:52 pm 
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I eat one McRib every time it comes out. It brings me back to my childhood when the only time we were allowed McDonalds was when the Mcrib was out as it was the only McDonalds my father would eat. To tell you the truth I do not think it is that bad in flavor, I'd just find it hard to describe what type of meat it is trying to replicate.

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 Post subject: Re: What's McRib made of?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:16 pm 
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Chico wrote:
Who wants some pasta with horsemeat?!!!!!

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Nestle, the world's biggest food company, has removed beef pasta meals from shelves in Italy and Spain after tests revealed traces of horse DNA.

The Swiss-based firm has halted deliveries of products containing meat from a German supplier.

Nestle is the latest in a string of major food producers to find traces of horsemeat in beef meals.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21501568

The only time I was in Europe (around 1985) the first country I visited was Luxembourg and a restaurant in the small town where we stayed had horsemeat openly listed on its menu.


It's quite common in Quebec, available at the supermarket. It shouldn't be mislabeled, but it shouldn't be that big of a deal, either.

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