The McDonald’s McFlurry spoon.
Think about if for a second. You want to introduce a new product that you hope will sell gazillions of. But if you do, it will require labor intensive clean up after every serving.
In addition, it’s an ice cream product and the ice cream has to be firm, and you want to mix things in with the ice cream. When served, it will require a more heavy spoon to avoid breaking.
OK, you’re the engineer or systems analyst or idea person to solve these problems.
The person who invented the McFlurry spoon was a genius. Able to solve two problems with one solution. I know, its been around for what seems like forever. The first time I got one I questioned why it was square, and what is this hole and connector thing? Of course, it’s a disposable part of the McFlurry maker.
Meet David Brown, he created and the Furry High Speed Spoon/Agitator for the McFlurry.
In 1985, David co-founded Flurry International with a Taylor Freezer distributor to compete with the Dairy Queen Blizzard dessert. Flurry’s customers included TCBY, Columbo Yogurt, Friendly’s Ice Cream, Edy’s Ice Cream, and thousands of independent operators.
Gotta be a rich guy and live the life of luxury, right? Maybe so, but five years later he starts another company an licenses the sales and marketing to Birds Eye. Licenses – another word for perpetual income.
Then he consults with Starbucks.
OK, enough. Love the invention, love the product, and love that he’s a boomer.