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Old 29 December 2006, 07:11 AM
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Comment: McDonald's was caught shipping beef between NY and PA (or OH)
about 12 years ago using BFI garbage trucks.... can't find any
news articles about it. Is this true or false?
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Old 29 December 2006, 04:12 PM
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Does McDonald's even ship their own beef? I would think that the distributor would do that, but I may be wrong.
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Old 12 January 2007, 08:18 PM
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Yes McDonalds does ship their own beef, they have an entire fleet of rigs that carries their food stuffs, paper products, etc. from store to store. They have massive central ware houses where items are stored and shipped from according to orders placed each week by the individual location managers.

Like all major fast food companies, Mc Donalds is highly vertically integrated, the control the the design and packaging of all their products, the manufacture of those products and the delivery of those products.

They do not I belive have their own cows, or meat processing plants, so the meat they receive is already in patty form shipped from a subcontractor to their ware house.

I cannot imagine given all this, that they would ship anything in a garbage truck, especially one that wasn't owned by them.
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Old 12 January 2007, 08:23 PM
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it's like...

mcdonalds transformers...
(beef-carrying robots IN DISGUISE)

or something...

and on delivery they morph into giant robotic scary clowns
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Old 12 January 2007, 08:41 PM
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Even if McD's did ship it's own beef, a tractor trailer would be much more efficient than a garbage truck. They could carry so much more at a time.
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Old 30 January 2007, 08:13 PM
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Comment: I heard that McDonalds does not sell onion rings because because
there are not enough onions to supply the milions of chains that they
have. Is this true? It doesn't seem as though it could be.
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Old 30 January 2007, 08:15 PM
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Then what's the deal with all the french fries? There's no potato shortage even though McDonalds is famous for them.
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Old 30 January 2007, 08:22 PM
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I have always wondered why McD's never served onion rings. I thought maybe Burger King has exclusive rights amongst the fast food industry. If you think about it Wendys,Arby's,KFC do not serve them either.
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Old 30 January 2007, 08:23 PM
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No, but White Castle does.
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Old 30 January 2007, 08:25 PM
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My guess is they are more trouble to cook and prepare. And because the rings are all different sizes, quality control on cooking time may present a problem.

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Old 30 January 2007, 08:29 PM
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My guess is they are more trouble to cook and prepare. And because the rings are all different sizes, quality control on cooking time may present a problem.

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Quality? McDonalds?

I got it...
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Old 30 January 2007, 08:31 PM
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Quality? McDonalds?

I got it...
McDonalds has great quality control. You are pretty much guaranteed to get the exact same meal in any McD's you walk into.

ETA: The sad thing is that there are way too many people who think this is a desirable thing.
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Old 30 January 2007, 08:32 PM
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I have always wondered why McD's never served onion rings. I thought maybe Burger King has exclusive rights amongst the fast food industry. If you think about it Wendys,Arby's,KFC do not serve them either.
I don't think there's any such thing as exclusive rights to a type of food.
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Old 30 January 2007, 08:32 PM
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They could always do a the processed kind where the onion is chopped up and molded into a ring. Any sorts of fillers could be used. Then size and cooking time could be as standarized as anything else they serve. Not sure about quality.

Sonic has onion rings too.
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Old 30 January 2007, 08:34 PM
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In theory, yeah. I've been to some really crappy McDonald's. I did work there in high school and the owners who care about their business really keep up with the quality control.

BTW Arby's sells onion petels.
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I have always wondered why McD's never served onion rings. I thought maybe Burger King has exclusive rights amongst the fast food industry. If you think about it Wendys,Arby's,KFC do not serve them either.
But Carl's Jr. does, although they aren't a national chain.

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Old 30 January 2007, 08:42 PM
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I have always wondered why McD's never served onion rings. I thought maybe Burger King has exclusive rights amongst the fast food industry. If you think about it Wendys,Arby's,KFC do not serve them either.

WENDY'S seems to be leaning toward more healthy menu choices like salads, baked potatoes and fruits.

I did find site that mentioned Onion Rings on the summer menu of the UK McD's. Can anyone across the pond confirm that?

http://snackspot.org.uk/thread.php?story=0607131520fah
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Old 30 January 2007, 08:44 PM
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I think it has to do with the temperature for the oil. Reaching way back into my memory banks, I think McDs are set up so that they have one fryer for Filet O'Fish, one for Chicken and Chicken Nuggets and the remainder for fries (my McD's had IIRC 4 fryers, so 2 for french fries) and you couldn't fry the other things in the other fryers and have them turn out right. The french fry fryers actually had two temp settings one for hashbrowns and one for fries, which is why hashbrowns aren't available after breakfast. IIRC the griddle also has two temps one for the breakfast foods and one for the lunch foods.

Anyway, I think the other restaurants that do onion rings have their oil set at a temperature that would not cook McDonald's fries the McDonald's way.
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Quality? McDonalds?

I got it...


I was wondering the same thing; guess I better get in line for the
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Old 30 January 2007, 08:47 PM
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I found the UK site.
http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/?f=y

They do have onion rings on the menu.. So why not the US?
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