26 Aug 2009

McDonald's buying more NZ meat

12:54 pm on 26 August 2009

McDonald's expects to buy an additional 500,000kg of angus beef to supply its New Zealand operations this year.

The restaurant chain has launched a new hamburger range and expects to increase its domestic use of New Zealand beef by 10% to more than five million kg.

The AngusPure marketing company says McDonald's will also be seeking more New Zealand angus beef for markets in North America.

The meat will come from farms producing certified angus beef in Waikato, Canterbury, Taranaki and Hawke's Bay. It will be processed by Silver Fern Farms and ANZCO.

AngusPure chairman Tim Brittain says the move is significant for Angus farmers and has already had an impact on demand for the cattle.