Tag: McDonald's

5 articles

The Company Man

The rise and fall of former McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson.


Fallen Arches

What happened to McDonald’s?


A Conspiracy of Hogs: The McRib as Arbitrage

The absurd scale of McDonald’s’ economics suggests a company more like a commodity trader than a chain of restaurants.

At this volume, and with the impermanence of the sandwich, it only makes sense for McDonald’s to treat the sandwich as a sort of arbitrage strategy: at both ends of the product pipeline, you have a good being traded at such large volume that we might as well forget that one end of the pipeline is hogs and corn and the other end is a sandwich. McDonald’s likely doesn’t think in these terms, and neither should you.


A Hoax Most Cruel

A caller poses as a policeman and convinces McDonald’s managers to strip-search a female employee. It’s not the first time.


Why McDonald’s Fries Taste So Good

Mysterious, man-made “natural flavor” explains why most fast food—indeed, most of the food Americans eat—tastes the way it does. An early excerpt from Fast Food Nation.