We strive to provide quality, affordable food to our customers. We make efforts to source products and services from across the UK, and to develop long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with those we buy from.
Many of our suppliers have been with us since day one. These include businesses like Smith Anderson, in Kirkcaldy, who make our brown paper bags. They’re a family-run firm who we’ve worked with for over 40 years, and are our longest-serving supplier. Or, the suppliers of our beef, Freedom Food pork, potatoes for our french fries, organic milk and free range eggs, all of who are based in the UK and Ireland. In addition, all of our fish is sourced sustainably and in line with Marine Stewardship Council standards.
As a big customer of British and Irish farming, we buy quality ingredients from over 17,500 British and Irish farms. We understand the challenges
that the sector faces – and so we created Farm Forward, a long-term programme that aims to help secure a sustainable future for the industry. It focuses on supporting existing farmers, and helping young and new farmers into the industry. We help farmers raise welfare standards on their farms, make environmentally friendly improvements, and support knowledge-sharing between farmers, so that they can keep in step with what consumers want.
Together with our suppliers, we’ve created hundreds of thousands of jobs and contributed billions to the economy. Through direct and indirect expenditure, we invest more than £903 million annually in the UK food and agriculture sector. We’re very proud of this – and we plan to keep investing in, and growing, the businesses that work with us.
Farm manager Andrew Francis is responsible for farming more than 10,000 acres on the Elveden Estate, near Thetford. Owned and run by the Guinness family since the 1890s, Elveden specialises in producing quality vegetables.
Andrew and his team supply over 7.5 thousand tonnes of potatoes each year to McCain which produces McDonald’s famous French fries. The Elveden Estate represents the very best in environmental standards, which is why it is one of McDonald’s Flagship Farms.