Chipotle Founder: McDonald’s Chicken Farm Was The ‘Most Absolutely Disgusting Thing’ I’ve Ever Seen

Posted by Mike Confino, February 3, 2015

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By the mid-2000s, McDonald’s had a 90 percent stake in Chipotle — but the two franchises couldn’t be any more different, especially when it came to food preparation, says Chipotle founder Steve Ells.

The entrepreneur recently recounted a visit to a McDonald’s-operated chicken farm, a facility he described to his family as “absolutely the most disgusting thing” he had “ever seen in his life.” That experience, in tandem with ongoing squabbles about Chipotle’s expansion and pressure from McDonald’s to add a drive-thru and breakfast menu, eventually compelled McDonald’s to divest its stake in the casual dining establishment in 2006.

via Chipotle Founder: McDonald’s Chicken Farm Was The ‘Most Absolutely Disgusting Thing’ I’ve Ever Seen | ThinkProgress.

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