Monday, May 9th, 2011

Where America Still Wins

"Go into the kitchen of a Taco Bell today, and you'll find a strong counterargument to any notion that the U.S. has lost its manufacturing edge. Every Taco Bell, McDonald's, Wendy's, and Burger King is a little factory, with a manager who oversees three dozen workers, devises schedules and shifts, keeps track of inventory and the supply chain, supervises an assembly line churning out a quality-controlled, high-volume product, and takes in revenue of $1 million to $3 million a year, all with customers who show up at the front end of the factory at all hours of the day to buy the product. Taco Bell Chief Executive Officer Greg Creed, a veteran of the detergents and personal products division of Unilever, puts it this way: 'I think at Unilever, we had five factories. Well, at Taco Bell today I've got 6,000 factories, many of them running 24 hours a day.' It's as if the great advances of human civilization, in everything from animal husbandry to mathematics to architecture to manufacturing to information technology, have all crescendoed with the Crunchwrap Supreme, delivered via the pick-up window." [Via]


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Kevin (#2,559)

When you put it like that it sounds delicious.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)


hockeymom (#143)

And just like that, recession over.
Thank YOU, Taco Bell!

You know what's missing from this magical land of 6,000 factories? Unions. [curmudgeon off]

KarenUhOh (#19)

Gorditas are the opiate of the masses.

brent_cox (#40)

If Walmart would only consider animal husbandry it might be some day as great as Taco Bell.

HiredGoons (#603)

@brent_cox: Animal husbandry is a result of the Gay Marriage slippery slope. We were warned.

Animal husbandry! Hee, always a most hilarious convention of the English language.

brianvan (#149)

So you're saying that more work goes into your average Taco Bell than, say, your typical school PTA, or the upkeep of a park above 110th Street, or the staffing of an entire subway line on a weekend.

Matt (#26)


Art Yucko (#1,321)

everybody's walking for the weekend.

scroll_lock (#4,122)

Will the Chihuahua be brought back out to advertise PUPusas?

jfruh (#713)

I am about the farthest thing from a food snob than you can imagine, but the day I noticed that the meat in my Taco Bell taco was being squirted out of what appeared to be a caulk gun was the day I started thinking that I should spend my money slightly higher on the food service ladder.

Also, true story: when I was a juror on a "drug conspiracy" trial (i.e., the dude who actually handed the drugs to the cop was being tried separately, but here are three people who were rounded up in the mass arrests of everyone hanging out on that block right after the deal went down, who may or may not have had something to do with the transaction), the very young and very nervous prosecutor kept coming back to his analogy of a "McDonald's of crime" to explain how these other people were involved.

kellyannecat (#9,642)

Yes, but how does Taco Bell manufacture that unique smell? The smell that makes you think someone nearby has vomited on top of a pile of diarrhea.

migraineheadache (#1,866)

So what they're saying is that if Apple can design an iPad made out of beef and hot sauce the recession will be over?

Bittersweet (#765)

@migraineheadache: No, but if Ford and GM can engineer cars that run on Crunchwrap Supremes, then recession over and global oil shortage solved!

hman (#53)

Great, now I hate myself for enjoying the occasional Crunchwrap Supreme, "the most complex item on the menu."

So THAT'S how your obesity is made.

City_Dater (#2,500)

@Clarence Rosario

Someone will open a fast food chain called "Fat Factory" before the century ends…

gumplr (#66)


…or amend Roget's to make "fat" and "cheesecake" officially synonymous.

You could also view these Taco Bell kitchen "factories" as mines that produce raw ore. Then this ore is processed through the digestive tracts of millions of Americans into the final, finished product: pure, refined shit.

Millions of pounds of this high-quality fecal matter are produced every year, right here in the U.S.A., thanks to Taco bell and people like you.

keisertroll (#1,117)

You know how to double America's productivity, right?

Combination Pizza Hut/Taco Bell.

mrschem (#1,757)

ugh. 'run for the toilet.'

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