On National Agriculture Day, McDonald's released details of its $1 billion annual shopping list of local produce.
To mark the inaugural National Agriculture Day (AgDay) celebration of Australian agriculture, McDonald's released details of its shopping list for 2016, revealing the business spends more than $1 billion annually with Australian suppliers, on ingredients and products.
According to McDonald's, 90 per cent of the ingredients and products it uses are produced or manufactured in Australia.
Robert Sexton, Director of Supply Chain, McDonald’s Australia said, “National Agriculture Day is all about celebrating the significant contribution agriculture makes to the Australian economy, so it’s naturally an initiative we’re proud to be partnering with the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) on.
"For more than 40 years, we have been committed to supporting local suppliers, and remain firm believers in the quality of Australian homegrown produce, choosing to serve local ingredients whenever possible.”
Last year alone, Macca’s purchased the following Australian produce from suppliers across the country:
- 25.3 million kilograms of beef
- 57 million litres of fresh milk
- 19.6 million kilograms of wheat flour, including 439.7m buns
- 13.9 million kilograms of chicken
- 5.6 million kilograms of lettuce
- 2.8 million kilograms of fresh tomatoes
- 5 million kilograms of cheese
- 100 million kilograms of potatoes
- 1.4 million kilograms of cucumbers for our salads and signature pickles
We are proud of the long-standing relationships we have with many Australian suppliers and farmers, and see them as an integral part of the McDonald’s business both here and overseas.
Robert Sexton, Director of Supply Chain, McDonald’s Australia
To put those numbers into perspective, here are some fun comparisons:
- 25.3 million kilograms of beef is roughly the same weight as 1,322 AFL teams
- 57 million litres of fresh milk would fill 22.8 Olympic swimming pools
- If you place 439.7 million buns side by side, it would stretch the entire Australian coastline 1.4 times
“We are proud of the long-standing relationships we have with many Australian suppliers and farmers, and see them as an integral part of the McDonald’s business both here and overseas. The excellent standards our suppliers have consistently delivered over many decades, means we also export a substantial amount of produce for use in our restaurants right around the world,” added Mr Sexton.
Fiona Simson, President, National Farmers’ Federation said, “Macca’s shopping list demonstrates a solid commitment to Australia’s farm sector. The volume of ingredients and products that McDonald’s is sourcing from suppliers all around Australia is significant."
“Demand from businesses like McDonald’s helps fuel exciting growth in the farm sector, and with total farm-gate output worth $60 billion last year, agriculture is Australia’s fastest growing industry."
"Given the important role Macca’s plays in our supply chain, we’re thrilled to have them partner with the National Farmers’ Federation to celebrate Australia’s first National Agriculture Day,” Ms. Simson concluded.
Demand from businesses like McDonald’s helps fuel exciting growth in the farm sector, and with total farm-gate output worth $60 billion last year, agriculture is Australia’s fastest growing industry.
Fiona Simson, President, National Farmers' Federation
About McDonald’s Australia
Australia’s first McDonald’s restaurant opened in Yagoona, Sydney, in 1971. Today there are over 950 McDonald’s restaurants across Australia, 80 per cent of which are franchised and run by local businessmen and women. The organisation employs more than 100,000 people in restaurants and corporate offices Australia-wide, and is the largest employer of youth in the country. McDonald’s creates more than 6,000 new jobs each year and spends over $40 million per annum on training and people development. McDonald’s suppliers export $175 million worth of Australian products annually and its restaurants spend more than $1.6 billion on food, packaging and other Australian goods and services each year. For more information visit www.mcdonalds.com.au or https://www.facebook.com/McDonaldsAU. McDonald’s is also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/maccas.