After 30 years, McDonalds leaves Russia "for good"

Good for them. Is there any chance that McDonalds will go back to frying their fries in beef tallow? They were so good. Even Julia Child liked them.

Without the least bit of irony, I submit that everything tastes better when fried in beef tallow. Everything.

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I imagine because it excludes a fair swathe of population who don’t eat meat.

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:thinking: Probably just creates an opening for a competitor like McDowells:

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I’m sorry, but it turns out that is not the case, they still use beef extract on their fries, just not tallow. They don’t use tallow because they’d have to change the fry grease more often as it goes rancid, it costs more, and at this point completely change their procurement and processing chain.

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I was hoping it’d be a comprehensive list of all the things Thomas Friedman has been wrong about

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Mmmmm…

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Yeah, I suspect supply-chain issues, the crashing of the Ruble and the difficulty of getting money out of the country played, ahem, a part - they likely couldn’t continue as before, even if they wanted to. (And Putin has been threatening to nationalize the assets of companies that refuse to/can’t continue operation there - which is strong incentive to sell and get out.) Which is all still quite significant, even if it’s not giving McDonalds the moral high ground.

Well, they are selling off the stores. It’ll be interesting to see what the actual cost is to them, in the end. And it’s not clear to me what happens to the franchisees, or how many there are - globally 95% of McDonalds are franchise operations, but apparently the company owns “most” of the outlets in Russia.

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Not in the UK they don’t… and you need to read again if you think “natural beef flavor” is actually made of beef.

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Renault is also leaving and selling off assets in Russia but reportedly has a clause for an option to buy back within 6 years. Let me find article…

Ukraine war: Russia nationalises Renault’s Moscow plant Ukraine war: Russia nationalises Renault's Moscow plant - BBC News

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I wonder if that effects Trump’s plans for fleeing the US.

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There’s always Burger Tsar.

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Who am I kidding. Russia is Poisonopolis. He couldn’t trust Jack Shit there. Take-out could take him out.

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I think the decision was probably as simple as lose 1.2 billion today or lose 2 billion next year.

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Let’s leave just a single McDonald’s there, say one in Moscow, but get a certain Arby’s manager to run it.

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I dunno, “beet fries” actually sounds pretty good

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When all points of view are considered, the discussion is enriched.

(The polite way to say yuck!)

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I approve of this plan if only oligarchs are allowed to eat there!

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Good point, and I agree.
But also, maybe Johnny could help out: Johnny Cash is peeing from atop Arkansas water tower - #14 by HappyHead

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