The Future of Farming

Amazingly, 1 in 5 hamburgers sold in McDonald’s across Europe is of Irish origin.

That means we're the largest buyer of Irish beef by volume every year - purchasing 40,000 tonnes.
Every McDonald’s beef product sold in Ireland is made from 100% pure Irish beef. That’s why we can use the Bord Bia certified member logo on our beef – it shows that the beef has come from one of our farms.

Irish Produce

There's so many products at McDonald's that are Irish. From our beef and bacon in our burgers through to our milk in our milkshakes and eggs in our McMuffins.
Even our water in all our restaurants is from Ballygowan. So next time someone asks where our food comes from, be proud and tell 'em... it's Irish.

Progressive Young Farmers Programme

Every year we give up to nine young farmers the chance to spend 12 months getting to know every part of our supply chain, usually during their placement year. They follow our products from the farms we use, through to our restaurants and get the opportunity to work with a number of different suppliers, farmers and stakeholders around the country. The programme also includes mentoring by a farmer who supplies us with beef, chicken, potatoes, pork, dairy or eggs. Throughout the placement, Progressive Young Farmers will be expected to undertake specific projects to gain a better understanding of technical efficiency within the supply chain for five months, actively working on farm for a six-month period and spending a month at McDonald’s UK Head Office in London. The 2020 programme will focus on innovation and the future of the farming sector, including animal welfare, beef sustainability and efficient production, ensuring both commercial and environmental areas are addressed. Click here to apply.

Developing skills and knowledge

Our Progressive Young Farmers Programme aims to give young farmers a great start in their career. We also recognise our star suppliers with the Outstanding Farmer of the Year Award. It’s a thank you to the farmers making big steps to look after the people that work for them, the welfare of their animals and the environment.

Meet our outstanding farmers

We were the first major retailer to enter a partnership and develop our own scholarship with the Nuffield Farming Trust who offer travel scholarships. The McDonald’s Scholar enters an overseas programme that researches new techniques to help make farming more sustainable.

Raising Animal Welfare Standards

We know animal welfare is important to you. It’s also a big deal for us. As one of the biggest restaurant chains in Ireland, we use our size to make a positive impact on the way animals are treated. We only deal with suppliers who meet our high standards. 

We only cook free-range RSPCA Assured eggs at breakfast. We also only use organic semi-skimmed milk from Irish dairy farms for all our teas, coffees and Happy Meal® milk bottles.

Making environmental improvements

We’re always pushing ourselves to do even more. We’re a founding partner of FAI Farms, who create sustainable farming practices for the food industry. Every year we invest in a programme designed to improve the welfare of animals and the impact of farming on the environment. And that’s better for all of us.

We’re working to cut our carbon footprint

When it comes to McDonald’s, you think beef. We’re famous for our burgers. But we also want to be known for how sustainable our beef production is. That’s why we funded a £1 million study into carbon reduction on beef farms in the UK and Ireland. The farms involved every year saw their carbon emissions reduce by over 23% during the 6 year study. It’s just one of the ways we’re becoming more sustainable.

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