When you drive past the “Golden Arches” you may wonder where the ingredients come from. According to McDonald’s data from 2018, more than $34 million in raw products comes from Indiana’s ag industry. The Chicago-based fast food chain says for the past ten years it has been trying to source more of its food products and ingredients directly from growers and producers.
“The support of great companies like the McDonald’s system, allows our local farmers to thrive while helping to feed millions of people across the country,” said Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch.
Crouch says McDonald’s purchases more than $34 million in raw product from Indiana’s ag industry.
“To say McDonald’s support of agriculture is significant would be an understatement,” said Bruce Kettler, Indiana Department of Agriculture director. “They continue to be an important partner, not only as a large purchaser of Indiana’s agricultural products, but also as a connection point between farmers and consumers.”
Here are some of the statistics as provided by McDonald’s:
- Total purchases in 2018 represent approximately $34 million by the McDonald’s system to local farmers, growers and producers in Indiana.
- In 2018 alone, the McDonald’s system purchased 221,886,000 pounds of corn, 20,400,000 pounds of soybeans, and 4,576,000 gallons of milk in Indiana.
- The overall combined product purchases in Indiana also include eggs, flour, pork, soybean oil and sugar.
In 2015, McDonald’s announced a goal to require all of the egg producers in its supply chain to run cage-free operations by 2025. According to an update made in April from the company, McDonald’s USA said 33-percent of its supply chain is cage-free and will source more than 726 million cage-free eggs this year. The company uses approximately 2 billion eggs annually.