McDonalds commits to UK chicken at Olympic venues
McDonalds has told the NFU that its four Olympic village outlets will only serve British chicken during the Games.
This follows criticism, including from the NFU that as much as 90 per cent of the chicken the company sources is imported and would be served at the Games.
NFU head of food chain unit Lee Woodger said he got a request for a meeting from McDonalds ‘within minutes’ of criticising of voicing his criticism of thee food chain’s Olympic policy at an NFU council meeting. McDonalds had responded to a tweet on the subject by a Farmers Guardian journalist attending the meeting, after which his criticisms were widely reported.
Mr Woodger said: “The NFU is delighted to hear McDonalds has listened to concerns and will be showcasing even more British food at the Olympic Games.
“We have worked hard to ensure that the Games can create a lasting catering legacy and this decision enhances the value of the Olympics Food Vision, underpinned by UK Red Tractor standards.
“We acknowledge the high standards within the McDonalds supply chain and that it procures a significant amount of the food it sells from UK farmers, such as pork, eggs and milk which are all 100 per cent British.
“We will continue to support McDonalds in looking to increase the proportion of UK chicken and beef it sources across the whole business.”