Trump Steaks

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Trump Steaks
Trump Steaks.png
Donald Trump in a promotional image for the steaks
Product typeSteaks, burgers, sausage
OwnerDonald Trump
CountryUnited States
IntroducedMay 8, 2007
DiscontinuedJuly 2007 (The Sharper Image)
Registered as a trademark inAugust 2006
Tagline"The World's Greatest Steaks"
WebsiteOfficial website (archive)

Trump Steaks is a discontinued brand of steak and other meats that was owned by Donald Trump. The brand was launched in 2007 and was exclusively sold through The Sharper Image[1] and QVC.[2][3] Trump Steaks failed to sell well through The Sharper Image, which discontinued sales of the product line after two months.[4]

History[edit]

Donald Trump registered "Trump Steaks" as a U.S. trademark in August 2006.[5] Trump Steaks were launched on May 8, 2007,[6] exclusively through The Sharper Image's catalog, stores, and website as part of a three-month trial period.[7] Later that month, Trump and some contestants from his reality television series The Apprentice attended an event at a Rockefeller Plaza Sharper Image store to promote the steaks.[8]

The meat was supplied by Buckhead Beef,[9] an Atlanta-based company[10] and subsidiary of Sysco.[9] Buckhead Beef also supplied meat to many of Trump's hotel-casino properties.[7] Burgers and sausages were also sold under the Trump Steaks name.[11] The steaks were USDA Angus certified,[9] and came in four packages with prices ranging from $199 (with two bone-in rib-eyes, two filet mignons and 12 burgers),[12] $349, $499, and $999,[13] with the tagline of "The World's Greatest Steaks."[7][6] A Trump Steak Gift Card was also sold at a cost of $1,037.[11] Trump Steaks was featured in a May 2007 Saturday Night Live episode that mocked the brand.[9][14]

Trump was featured on the June 2007 issue of the Sharper Image magazine to promote Trump Steaks.[15] On June 5, 2007, Trump Steaks debuted on the QVC home shopping television channel, with Trump making an appearance on the network.[11] Trump Steaks (16) 6oz Certified Angus Beef Steakburgers were sold by QVC.[16]

Trump Steaks were only sold at The Sharper Image for two months before being discontinued.[17][18] According to The Sharper Image's CEO, Jerry W. Levin, the product was largely unsuccessful, saying, "The net of all that was we literally sold almost no steaks, if we sold $50,000 of steaks grand total, I'd be surprised.",[19] although advertisements featuring Trump's photo attracted customers to buy other products at the store.[17] Trump Steaks were discontinued at QVC around the same time as the Sharper Image discontinuation.[9] The Trump Steaks trademark was canceled in December 2014 according to a trademark search through the United States Patent and Trademark Office.[5]

2007 reception[edit]

The New York Post conducted a blind taste test and compared[6] Trump Steaks with mail-order porterhouses from Peter Luger Steak House and three New York City establishments. Trump Steaks earned a rating of 7.5 out of 10 (with the high cost of Trump Steaks noted),[6] losing to $35-a-pound mail-order porterhouses from Peter Luger Steak House with a rating of 9.5, but a higher rating than the Greenwich Village butcher and the Ottomanelli Brothers.[20][21] Tad's Steaks,[22] a cheap steak cafeteria,[23] received "This cow should be ashamed"[6] The Associated Press and The Oklahoman wrote positive reviews of the steaks, but also noted the high pricing.[13][24] The Palm Beach Post panelists best rated the Angus-certified and prime-graded bone-in rib-eye against choice-graded bone-in rib-eyes and prime-graded Publix,[25] giving the steaks an "A" and writing "Trump isn't kidding. Our panelists could barely believe how flavorful and tender the 16-ounce bone-in rib-eye was." However, the high price of the steaks was also noted (the others were $9-$16 per pound).[25] Gourmet magazine opined, "these steaks are wholly mediocre"[26]

2016 U.S. presidential election[edit]

In August 2015, TIME magazine included Trump Steaks on a list of Trump business failures.[15] In December 2015, during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, a Super PAC supporting John Kasich produced an ad mocking Trump Steaks.[27] On February 10, 2016, the New York Daily News[28] included Trump Steaks on a list of Trump business failures. Steaks from West Palm Beach's Bush Brothers[29] Provision Co.[30] were on display at Trump's Florida news conference celebrating his latest primary victories on March 8, 2016 during which Trump claimed them to be "Trump Steaks".[3] Trump-branded wine and water were also displayed, as an example of Trump's success in business.[31] Observers there noted the Trump-named steaks were produced by a butcher in West Palm Beach, Florida.[2] In March 2016, Vox noted that on QVC's website "reviews of Trump steaks were, um, mixed".,[2] with more than half of the reviews negative (1 star to 2 stars).[32] In an interview with Anderson Cooper the following day, Trump said that he does not process the steaks but instead purchases them from local suppliers.[31] As of April 2016 the only place the steaks can still be purchased is at Trump's various properties.[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c Nelson, Libby (9 March 2016). "Donald Trump spent election night pitching Trump products that you can't buy anymore". Vox. Archived from the original on 2016-03-10. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
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  4. ^ "THE TRUMP TOUCH". nypost.com. 14 June 2007. Archived from the original on 2018-05-12. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
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  7. ^ a b c Goldiner, Dave (May 4, 2007). "USDA prime ego!". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on 2017-12-01. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
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  10. ^ "Contact Us - Buckhead Beef Atlanta". buckheadbeef.com. Archived from the original on 2018-05-13. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  11. ^ a b c O'Harran, Kristi (June 7, 2007). "$96 steak, Trump's newest plan to stay very rich". The Herald. Archived from the original on 2017-12-01. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  12. ^ "Trump Steaks: How does Donald Trump's latest cash cow compare?". palmbeachpost.com. Archived from the original on 2018-05-12. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
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  20. ^ Cardwell, Diane (20 December 2000). "Onofrio Ottomanelli, 83, Dies; Ran a Venerated Meat Market". Archived from the original on 2018-05-12. Retrieved 12 May 2018 – via NYTimes.com.
  21. ^ "Ottoman(elli) Empire". Edible Manhattan. 24 March 2011. Archived from the original on 2018-05-12. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Tad's Steaks Runs Times Square with a Fist of Broiled Fury". Columbia Daily Spectator. Archived from the original on 2018-05-12. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  23. ^ "Farewell to Tad's, Manhattan's Last Meat Honkytonk". eater.com. Archived from the original on 2018-05-13. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
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  25. ^ a b Passy, Charles (May 28, 2007). "Trump Steaks: How does Donald Trump's latest cash cow compare?". The Palm Beach Post. Archived from the original on 2017-12-01. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  26. ^ "2 Guys: Trumped: Food + Cooking : gourmet.com". archive.org. 23 September 2015. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  27. ^ Gass, Nick (11 December 2015). "Kasich super PAC ad mocks Trump's steak business". Politico. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  28. ^ Silverstein, Jason (February 10, 2016). "A brief history of Donald Trump's many, many business failures". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on 2017-10-08. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  29. ^ "Those 'Trump steaks' weren't actually Trump's steaks". nypost.com. 10 March 2016. Archived from the original on 2018-05-12. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  30. ^ "When Trump Steaks at a Trump Event Aren't Really 'Trump Steaks'". 9 March 2016. Archived from the original on 2018-05-13. Retrieved 12 May 2018 – via www.bloomberg.com.
  31. ^ a b Campbell, Colin (10 March 2016). "Anderson Cooper grills Donald Trump about the 'Trump Steaks' piled up at Trump's press conference". Business Insider. Archived from the original on 2016-03-11. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  32. ^ "The reviews of Trump Steaks are hilariously bad". archive.org. 18 December 2015. Archived from the original on 18 December 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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