Keystone Foods

It all started with a small family-owned beef business in Philadelphia, and a man with big ideas and an innovative spirit.


Innovators & History Makers

In the 1960's one of the family members, Herb Lotman, sought to find a way to freeze beef patties that would keep them at their peak of fresh taste and texture. This led him to pioneer a completely new Individual Quick Freezing process. Herb introduced the IQF hamburger patty to McDonald's, and made a deal with them to provide IQF burger patties.

On the strength of this contract, Herb founded Keystone Foods, which today is one of the world's biggest food companies. They make and deliver food products to 13 countries in North America, Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East, and the IQF method Herb developed is still in use worldwide.

Keystone proved to be true innovators yet again in the early 1970's, when they teamed up with McDonald's to develop a total distribution concept. Here, everything needed to run a McDonald's restaurant was provided in one customized delivery, enabling restaurant managers to save time and focus on customer service.

A few years later, McDonald's developed Chicken McNuggets, which revolutionized the way Americans ate chicken. Almost overnight, a huge demand for boneless chicken meat was created, and the quick service food industry changed forever.

Today, Keystone's US operations are proud to produce and deliver the highest quality beef, chicken and fish products to McDonald’s, including 400 million pounds of chicken, 260 million pounds of beef, and 25 million pounds of fish a year. They go above and beyond USDA regulations to meet McDonald's strict animal welfare, product safety and quality requirements. And of course, Keystone is proud to continue to innovate and partner with McDonald's as "one of the greatest restaurant success stories in history."