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McDonald's closing all restaurants in Bolivia as nation rejects fast food

 
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McDonald's closing all restaurants in Bolivia as nation rejects fast food
McDonald's closing all restaurants in Bolivia as nation rejects fast food

(NaturalNews) McDonald's happy image and its golden arches aren't the gateway to bliss in Bolivia. This South American country isn't falling for the barrage of advertising and fast food cooking methods that so easily engulf countries like the United States. Bolivians simply don't trust food prepared in such little time. The quick and easy, mass production method of fast food actually turns Bolivians off altogether. Sixty percent of Bolivians are an indigenous population who generally don't find it worth their health or money to step foot in a McDonald's. Despite its economically friendly fast food prices, McDonald's couldn't coax enough of the indigenous population of Bolivia to eat their BigMacs, McNuggets or McRibs.

One indigenous woman, Esther Choque, waiting for a bus to arrive outside a McDonald's restaurant, said, "The closest I ever came was one day when a rain shower fell and I climbed the steps to keep dry by the door. Then they came out and shooed me away. They said I was dirtying the place. Why would I care if McDonald's leaves [Bolivia]?"

Fast food chain remained for a decade, despite losses every year

The eight remaining McDonald's fast food shops that stuck it out in the Bolivian city's of La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz de la Sierra, had reportedly operated on losses every year for a decade. The McDonald's franchise had been persistent over that time, flexing its franchise's deep pockets to continue business in Bolivia.

Any small business operating in the red for that long would have folded and left the area in less than half that time. Even as persistent as McDonald's was in gaining influence there, it couldn't continue operating in the red. After 14 years of presence in the country, their extensive network couldn't hold up the Bolivian chain. Store after store shut down as Bolivia rejected the McDonald's fast food agenda. Soon enough, they kissed the last McDonald's goodbye.

Deep cultural rejection

The McDonald's impact and its departure from Bolivia was so lasting and important, that marketing managers immediately filmed a documentary called, "Why McDonalds's went broke in Bolivia."

Featuring, cooks, nutritionist, historians, and educators, this documentary breaks down the disgusting reality of how McDonald's food is prepared and why Bolivians reject the whole fast food philosophy of eating.

The rejection isn't necessarily based on the taste or the type of food McDonald's prepared. The rejection of the fast food system stemmed from Bolivian's mindset of how meals are to be properly prepared. Bolivians more so respect their bodies, valuing the quality of what goes into their stomach. The time it takes for fast food to be prepared throws up a warning flag in their minds. Where other cultures see no risk, eating McDonald's every week; Bolivians feel that it just isn't worth the health risk. Bolivians seek well prepared, local meals, and want to know that their food was prepared the right way.

This self respect helps Bolivians avoid processed "restructured meat technology," often used by fast food joints like McDonald's.

The McRib: 70 ingredients all restructured into one

Did you know that the McRib is processed with 70 different ingredients which include azodicarbonamide, a flour-bleaching agent often used in producing foamed plastics? McRib's are basically "restructured meat technology" containing a mixture of tripe, heart, and scalded stomach. Proteins are extracted from this muscle mixture and they bind the pork trimmings together so they can be molded in a factory. The McRib is really just a molded blob of restructured meat, advertised and sold like fresh ribs. There's nothing real about it, the preparation or the substance. In fact, McRibs really came about because of a chicken shortage. The restructured meat technology approach kept the McRib on the menu, despite the shortage, and the profits continued rolling in.

This is the very disgusting idea that the Bolivians have rejected in their country.

The Bolivian rejection of McDonald's has set a proper example for the rest of the world to follow.

[link to www.naturalnews.com]
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Bolivia might be onto something. What do ya think?
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mmmmmmm MCrib
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Bolivia might be onto something.
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Aye!
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Make your own food, good thread OP
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bsflag

Story is from 2002, McDonalds closed after 5 years due to crap profits as Burger King was already the fast food of choice over there.
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there is one BK in santa cruz... that´s all
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Bolivia for planetary president!
They also recognized the rights of nature a couple of years ago.
Indiginous people know that we ARE nature, and it all needs to be free from exploitation by huge multi national corporations.
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I quit McDonalds fifteen years ago. That crap is not food, it is disgusting junk with loads of artificial flavors to fool people into buying their edible disgusting junk.

I vote with my money and McDonalds nor any other fastfood junk gets my vote.
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Maybe they can limit the fast food places in america too....to lessen obesity
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who needs mcdonalds when you got bolivian flakes???
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Old news... There was a thread about this here yesterday :)
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Good for them. It's nice to see that there are such healthy cultures that big corps can't manipulate.

I stopped eating McDonalds/Burger King years ago. I did decide to get something months ago and it made me so sick after being without that stuff for so long. It felt like I ate a lead brick.
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Old news... There was a thread about this here yesterday :)
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There was one in 2002 when it happened.
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Guess who the next country needed to be invaded for having weapons of mass destruction will be...
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Guess who the next country needed to be invaded for having weapons of mass destruction will be...
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The story is from 11 years ago so you fail.
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The story is from 11 years ago so you fail.
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Correction: SHILLS FAIL !!!
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The story is from 11 years ago so you fail.
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Correction: SHILLS FAIL !!!
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[link to news.bbc.co.uk]

Thursday, 5 December, 2002

All eight McDonald's restaurants in Bolivia have closed their doors for the last time.

The Andean nation is the first country to lose its franchise since McDonald's announced last month plans to pull out of three countries in Latin America and the Middle East.

In a country where average earnings are less than £50 per month, the number of people willing to spend more than £2 on a burger and chips was always going to be limited.

"In other countries like England or the US McDonald's is a cheap option, but here you can buy a burger for two Bolivianos (£0.17; $0.27)," said Edson Ribero, chef at a local fast-food chain that sells pizzas and steak sandwiches for less than £1.

"This is why McDonald's failed. It was not competitive in the market."
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In a country where average earnings are less than £50 per month, the number of people willing to spend more than £2 on a burger and chips was always going to be limited.

"In other countries like England or the US McDonald's is a cheap option, but here you can buy a burger for two Bolivianos (£0.17; $0.27)," said Edson Ribero, chef at a local fast-food chain that sells pizzas and steak sandwiches for less than £1.

"This is why McDonald's failed. It was not competitive in the market."
 Quoting: SheldonReturns


Thank you.

Not to mention the cultural problem noted in the OP, where the majority indigenous population aren't welcome in restaurants (been there, seen the signs on the doors).
Matthew 10:14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.





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