May 16, 2020

Can you guess all 13 ingredients that go into making McDonald's fries?

mcdonalds
French Fries
How It's Made
Food Production
Glen White
2 min
McDonald's World Famous Fries are served.
We all love a McDonalds once in a while and lets be honest, their fries taste great, but how much do you know about what actually goes into them? Former...

We all love a McDonald’s once in a while and let’s be honest, their fries taste great, but how much do you know about what actually goes into them? Former Mythbusters host Grant Imahara travels to the company’s manufacturing plant in Idaho, US, to see the production process from start to finish and finds out.

During his investigation Imahara discovered that McDonald’s French fries contain 13 ingredients, including dimethylpolysiloxane (a form of silicone found in Silly Putty) and petrol-based tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ). He also found out that the fries go through not one, but two rounds of frying.

According to Imahara’s report, there are numerous steps involved in the creation of McDonald’s fries as well as numerous ingredients (thankfully including potatoes).

  1. First potatoes are harvested from fields before being peeled, cut and blanched.
  2. They're then fired through a cutter at up to 70 miles an hour into thin sticks.
  3. After being chiseled into the perfect shape, the strips of potato are sauced with a blend of canola oil, soybean oil, hydrongenated soybean oil, natural beef flavor, hydrolyzed wheat, hydrolyzed milk, citric acid and dimethylpolysiloxane.
  4. Dextrose - a natural sugar - is sprayed on the batons to help them maintain a golden fried color.
  5. Sodium acid pyrophosphate is also added to prevent the fries from going grey.
  6. Last but not least, salt is sprinkled on for flavor.
  7. The fries are then flash frozen at the Simplot factory and transported to McDonald's outlets across the country.
  8. Once they are at restaurants, the potato sticks are fried for a second time.
  9. The oil blend is similar to the factory mix, with the addition of tertiary butylhydroquinone and hydrogenated soybean oil - a manufactured form of trans fat.
  10. And voila! McDonald's World Famous Fries are served.

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

SustainableManufacturing
BatteryCell
EVs
Automotive
2 min
Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

 

What is Ultium Cells LLC?

Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”

Who is Li-Cycle?

Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.

As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”

Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?

By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.

“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).

"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.

"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.

Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.

"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.

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