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McDonald's has announced today that it is now serving free range eggs in its Christchurch and Dunedin restaurants, a move the company says is in response to the changing needs of its New Zealand customers.
Managing Director Mark Hawthorne says that across the board, consumers are increasingly choosing free range eggs and that this is another way McDonald's is responding to the changing needs of its customers.
"McDonald's has made the decision to use free range eggs in our breakfast menu because we're listening to and addressing our customers' feedback and desires. We are aware that this is something which is important to a growing number of New Zealanders, whether they eat at McDonald's or not, " he says.
Free range eggs currently make up around 13 per cent of retail sales in supermarkets, cafes and the like, and supermarket sales of free range eggs are estimated to have increased by 40 per cent in the last 12 months.
With 19 restaurants in total, the Christchurch and Dunedin stores represent 15 per cent of the eggs McDonald's purchases nationwide.
"We use about 12 million eggs a year in our New Zealand restaurants, and there simply isn't the surplus supply of eggs available here that meet our strict standards for us to introduce free range eggs at more restaurants. We would expect that as consumer demand increases across the board, so too will supply of free range eggs.
"We think this is the right thing to do for our Kiwi customers at this moment in time, and I speak for the company and our Christchurch and Dunedin franchisees when I say we are excited at the prospect of serving free range eggs to customers in these areas, " says Hawthorne.
The SPCA is supportive of McDonald's decision to introduce free range eggs as it will show other businesses that it can be done.
SPCA Chief Executive Robyn Kippenberger says that on a global scale consumers are becoming more aware of how their food is produced and where it comes from.
"For big companies like McDonald's, making a decision to use free range eggs is a long process, but we are very pleased to see them take this positive step as it will show other New Zealand companies that it can be done.
"Consumers also have a big role to play, to show retailers and suppliers that this is something that's important to them, and to encourage more change as a result, " she says.
McDonald's has worked with supplier Independent Egg Producers Ltd (IEP) to provide the 36, 000 free range eggs it needs each week for Christchurch and Dunedin. Susan Bamfield, General Manager of Independent Egg Producers Co-op Ltd, says that as a group of dedicated and responsible farmers, they have seen a steady increase in the demand for free range eggs over the last few years.
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McDonald's sales rose 6.9%
Management cites new items and breakfast menu.
In the U.S., same-store sales for the month -- sales at stores open at least 13 months -- increased 5.4%.
Europe, the company's second-largest market, reported a 6.4% rise for the month, led by France, the U.K. and Russia.
Sales in the Asia/Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa climbed 9.4%, led by Australia, Japan and China.
McDonalds' results come after rival Burger King on Monday announced better-than-expected fiscal first-quarter global sales gains of 5.9%, and gave an upbeat short-term outlook despite higher costs.
Do you have a Jack in the Box?
I know they're not everywhere, but they have a lot of good (enough) stuff. Their side salads are pretty good and they have many different dressings. Their grilled cheese sandwiches aren't grilled on a grill, but rather the bread toasted and the whole thing microwaved (kind of gross). You can add tomatoes, lettuce, or whatever to it.
They have fried mozarella cheese sticks that are OK, and... It's just a regular cheeseburger w/out meat, and they're pretty good. It takes two to fill me up, though. They have good fries, but give only one size and you get big portions. They're also pretty cheap, and everyone seems to like their food, so your kids will like it.
Just a warning: McDonald's fries and hashbrowns are seasoned w/ beef broth. Every other place has vegetarian safe fries.
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