Magic Jewball

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And this is why we’re fat, #112 in a series

Filed under : America,Food
On April 26, 2007
At 1:00 am
Comments : 8

Yes, according to this article, Pret a Manger, the fab British chain that has a few tasty outlets in Manhattan, had to make their sandwiches over 25% larger to sell any in the US.

The company ran into trouble in America, however, underestimating quite how large New Yorkers liked their sandwiches. After altering the sizes, and cutting back on the mayonnaise, it slowly turned the business around.

Fantastic! After all the talk about how McDonald’s (which owns a share of Pret, as it happens) pushes large sizes on the masses, it turns out that we actually can’t eat a simple 450 calorie sandwich for lunch (that’s before the chips and the soda, etc…. Pret has nice cake too, FYI). We don’t want to get hungry before the 4pm Starbucks run or anything!

But at least we don’t eat as much mayo as the Brits do. I’m going to try to find some comfort in that.



8 Comments for this post

  1. KP says:

    Boo for too much mayo! Yay for cake!

  2. JF says:

    And this is why I always eat 2 sandwiches from PAM.
    The other reason is they don’t exist in France.

  3. Becca says:

    KP, that would be Reason #113: Yay for cake.

    Oh the irony, the sandwich shop with the French name doesn’t exist in France. But it’s a good tourism slogan: New York, where you can be satisfied with just a sandwich and a half.

  4. RN says:

    I’m still trying to figure out how Elvis sang live on American Idol. I’ll get to this problem next.

  5. Becca says:

    Excellent! After that, how Sanjaya became famous. And then, that whole “Middle East peace” thing.

  6. RN says:

    One thing at a time sistah.

    One thing at a time.

  7. Soxy says:

    Too much mayo? I’ve never heard of such a thing!

  8. Average Jane says:

    I kind of want to starting rapping, “this is why we’re fat, this is why we’re fat, this is why we’re fat” ad nauseum. Hey, it could be a hit! Worked for that other guy…

    *mental note* no more rapping. ever.

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