McDonald’s showcases northern farms

A Cumbrian farmer and one of the world’s food giants have teamed up to showcase the role of British farming in their business.

McDonald’s held its fourth open farm visit at Lakes Free Range Eggs in Cumbria as part of a program to highlight the role British produce plays in their supply chain, ahead of the London Olympics in 2012.

The farm at Penrith hosted Olympic athlete Ed Clancy, local dignitaries and members of the public last Friday (20 August) giving them a tour of the property, seeing up-close the production of eggs which will eventually end up on McMuffins across the country.

Lakes Free Range Eggs is the only British farm to have been awarded McDonald’s Flagship Farm status which aims to showcase and spread sustainable agricultural practices.

“The farms supplying the Olympics are standard bearers in terms of exacting quality and welfare standards and we will promote the best back to all within the farming community,” said Brian Mullens, from McDonald’s UK leadership team.

The visit also saw guests transported to a local McDonald’s where they were able to watch free-range eggs from the farm turned into their favourite meals.

The next open farm day will be held at an organic milk farm in Derbyshire in October.

Pictured: Christopher Hall and Alice King exploring Lakes Free Range Farm in Cumbria.

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