I read this story earlier in the week and thought I’d share it. Here’s an excerpt:
(Fortune Magazine) — Next time you order breakfast at a Marriott, you may notice something new about the bacon. Instead of being served in identical six-inch strips, it now comes in an assortment of sizes. That’s because senior executives of Marriott, after sampling four or five varieties of bacon in a blind taste test, found that an irregular cut, which costs less, tastes just as good as the rectangular slices traditionally served in the company’s hotels.
Although J.W. “Bill” Marriott Jr., the company’s longtime chairman and chief executive, had his doubts, he approved the new specifications when he learned that they would save about $2 million a year. “Times are changing,” says the 77-year-old CEO.
I find it interesting on a few level…
First – the costs savings involved with their bacon decision.
B) that Marriott had a “bacon tasting summit”
and 3) how do you get identical cuts of bacon?Â Did they trim the bacon after cooking?Â That to me is the biggest headscratcher.
For a company that has been so demanding in terms of quality and uniformity, I bet this was a decision that took months!
Just interesting to me, maybe to you as well.Â Enjoy.
June 28, 2009 1 Comment