New Zealand: McDonald's reassures local potato growers

A huge international surplus of potatoes -due to Covid-19 effects on gastronomy- has led to fears of cut-price frozen potato products from Belgium and the Netherlands being dumped in New Zealand. However, on Tuesday a McDonald’s NZ spokesperson said the fast food giant sourced 85 per cent of its ingredients and produce from Kiwi suppliers and had no plans to change that.

McDonald’s NZ orders more than 12,000 tonnes of potatoes from Washdyke-based McCain Foods each year to meet its demands.

“McDonald’s globally has a stringent set of requirements around the taste, texture and overall quality of its World Famous French Fries,” McDonald’s New Zealand managing director, Dave Howse, said.

“Three of the 11 types of potatoes that meet McDonald’s French fries standards grow in New Zealand soil and are supplied by McCain – a key member of our New Zealand supply chain.”

New Zealand managing director Dave Howse - Image: McDonalds

McDonald's New Zealand managing director, Dave Howse, says the fast food giant globally has a stringent set of requirements around its chips.

Potatoes NZ said spokeswoman Gemma Carroll it was “completely reassuring” that McDonald’s valued its relationship with its New Zealand suppliers. “As far as their relationship with processors go they are also honouring their contracts with our growers,” she said.

Carroll urged businesses seeking a cheaper alternative to look at the “long term option rather than the short term gains”.


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