Perhaps some of the criticism is deserved. But we do continue to enjoy its products, and as the ld saying goes, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating.”
In an effort to improve transparency and enhance the brand, the chain has embarked on a campaign called “See What We’re Made Of.”
It provides interesting glimpses into the supply chain of the world’s largest purveyor of fast food and the informal dining experience.
Tiffany Hsu explains in today’s Los Angeles Times:
Are McDonald’s fries made of plastic? Indestructible? Hardly, according to a new video from the Golden Arches.
As part of an ongoing transparency initiative from the chain’s Canadian outpost, the company shows viewers exactly how the potato snacks are made.
The host: Scott Gibson, a supply chain manager for McDonald’s Canada. The setting: a farm, a processing plant and a restaurant. The challenge: To show the French fry journey “farm to fryer.”
The video shows potatoes being harvested and sorted at Levesque Farms in New Brunswick before being cut at McCain Processing Plant.
McDonald’s fries are never molded, or “formed,” into the thin strips consumers see, according to Gibson. Instead, they’re machine-sliced, blanched to remove their natural sugars and prevent discoloration, then coated in a “textural solution” to even out the look. Finally, excess moisture is dried out of the potato slivers before they’re sent to a frying strip for 45 to 60 seconds.
The fries also include an ingredient – unnamed – meant to keep them from graying. The food is then frozen, packaged and shipped off to various McDonald’s locations.
In Canada, the fries are cooked in pure vegetable oil, Gibson said. Customers can also ask for the fries to be served sans salt; otherwise the restaurants dump roughly a tablespoon of salt on each basket of fries – about four orders apiece.
Earlier videos from the fast food behemoth show the company making a burger look delicious in advertisements and constructing a Big Mac from scratch. In recent months, the chain has steadily posted answers to questions posed on its website, including “Do you use red slime in your meat?” and “How do you afford to sell your food so cheap?”
Here is a video, produced for the See What We’re Made Of campaign, that reveals some of the supply chain for the famous McDonald’s fries:
Do we really want to see what McDonald’s is made of?
As the world’s largest hamburger fast food chain by sales,McDonald’s serves around 68 million customers per day in 119 countries. Founded in 1955 by Dick and Mac McDonald, and later run by legendary businessman Ray Kroc, McDonald’s is the best known franchise in the world, with golden arches spotted from Lebanon to the Louvre.
McDonald’s history of controversies and lawsuits is nearly as old as the company itself. Since its founding, McDonald’s has come under fire for everything from environment to health to labor practices, inspiring terminology like McJob (a low-paying job that requires little skill and provides little opportunity for advancement) and critical food industry documentaries like Super Size Me. What else would you expect from a restaurant founded upon and organized around factory assembly line principles?
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