The Lakes Free Range Egg Company has received a Best of Sustainable Supply award from McDonald’s, in recognition of its efforts to promote high animal welfare and environmental responsibility.
In total, some 50 McDonald’s suppliers around the world have been cited in a special report highlighting how they have applied “sustainable solutions”. Categories covered include climate change, water, waste, animal welfare and community impact.
The entry for The Lakes focuses on the training programme the company offers to encourage its contracted egg producers to raise their standards.
This includes a classroom session looking at production, veterinary and environmental issues, and an on-farm practical, dealing with things like tree planting, building design and data collection.
The Lakes invests over £50,000 each year in this training, with over 70% of producers attending the classroom session and 96% the practical session.
This is the second time the company, which has been supplying McDonald’s with free-range eggs for more than a decade, has been recognised as a global case study in the fast-food retailer’s Best of Sustainable Supply project, the first time being in 2010 .
Chief executive David Brass (pictured above with his wife Helen) said the award endorsed the work his company did on range enrichment, animal welfare and support for producers.
“Our free-range egg production is very much in line with their three sustainability E’s: ethics, environment and economics.”
Another winner in the animal health and welfare category is Cargill Meats Europe, for researching and investing in biomass heaters and heat exchangers to achieve drier litter and so reduce footpad lesions in broilers destined for McDonald’s. This has also delivered a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions.
Jose Armario, executive vice president of McDonald’s global supply chain, praised its suppliers for going “above and beyond” to provide sustainable leadership.