This won’t be news to you, because you have been rolling this rock up the hill for years, but I still find it incredibly frustrating to negotiate with The Meat Men.
A case in point – I had an email from a customer who mentioned that the hearts I supply were in excellent shape but the hearts on the plucks were sliced to ribbons. It’s a fair question. Why is it so?
Strangely, the supplier who sends me such good hearts only supplies terrible plucks – the liver is torn from removing the gall bladder, I can’t be guaranteed that the heart, tongue or much of the trachea will be there and the lungs are often sliced open as well. In the event that the tongue and all of the trachea are in place the trachea is usually sliced open along the entire length making it difficult to inflate the lungs.
Conversely, the supplier who gives me the good plucks refuses to work with me to supply hearts in good condition. This is the reason that the hearts on my plucks are cut to ribbons. On balance, the overall quality of the plucks with the sliced up hearts is better than the plucks from the heart supplier, so I choose to use them.
Hopefully, as time goes by and I work on the relationship with the supplier we will be able to sort out these things. In the meantime, if something really important needs to be sorted and I just can’t get through then I’m not ashamed to resort to putting Mr Vivi on the case. For some reason the words spoken by a 6ft, bearded, deep voiced man on a motorbike is able to be heard loud and clear by the Meat Men. If only they knew that, when push comes to shove, he’s much more of a softie than little old 5’5″ me.
Jun 11, 2010