The economics of the McRib

If you can demonstrate that McDonald’s only introduces the sandwich when pork prices are lower than usual, then you’re but a couple logical steps from concluding that McDonald’s is essentially exploiting a market imbalance between what normal food producers are willing to pay for hog meat at certain times of the year, and what Americans are willing to pay for it once it is processed, molded into illogically anatomical shapes, and slathered in HFCS-rich BBQ sauce.

Fascinating analysis that concludes that the McRib is simply an attempt at commodities arbitrage by McDonalds.

I haven't had a McRib since I was in grade school. I suspect that if I tried one now, I would not enjoy it as much as I did then, but it's no cause for mourning.