Why is the McRib really back again?
The McRib and McDonald's: they've had more break-ups and make-ups than Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel.
Since its introduction in 1981, the cult sandwich has been brought back at least 8 times for limited releases, most recently last month. Each time it makes a comeback it becomes more popular. So why isn't the McRib a McPermanent fixture, like the Big Mac?
What's really in a McRib sandwich? Find out here
The Awl's Willy Staley has a theory : pork prices determine every comeback the McRib makes. Staley noticed that each reintroduction of the product through the years has coincided with a drop in the cost of the 'other' white meat.
"The product is only introduced when pork prices are low enough to ensure McDonald's can turn a profit on the product," Staley suggests. "The theory is especially convincing given the McRib's status as the only non-breakfast fast food pork item: why wouldn't there be a pork sandwich in every chain, if it were profitable?"
McDonald's relationship with
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