McDonald’s invites young British farmers behind the counter
A Market Rasen student farmer has been working alongside McDonald’s employees during the final stage of a twelve month journey behind the scenes of its world-famous supply chain.
McDonald’s is hosting young British farmers behind the counter of its UK restaurants for the first time this week, where they’ll serve customers as part of a training programme designed to provide them with unique insight into what consumers are looking for in the food they buy.
Three young farmers in the final stages of the inaugural year of McDonald’s Progressive Young Farmer Training Programme, are working alongside crew members for the chance to speak to customers first hand and prepare food using ingredients they have seen grown, reared and harvested.
Over the last 12 months, each student has traced the entire agricultural supply chain from farm to restaurant front counter.
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McDonald’s Progressive Young Farmer Training Programme aims to help young people looking to work within agriculture kick-start careers in the industry.
Chris Fox, from Market Rasen, one of McDonald’s inaugural Progressive Young Farmer students, said: “Most farmers never have the opportunity to see the wider supply chain they are part of and understand exactly what happens to their produce or how much the other businesses involved in the process depend upon it.
“I’ve loved being in the restaurant and going full circle. It’s been great to see customers enjoy the quality ingredients I helped to produce on farm and at the different food producers that supply McDonald’s menu.”
Warren Anderson, Vice President, Supply Chain, McDonald’s UK, said: “Research shows that over half of UK adults consider how food is produced when deciding which products to buy, which means successful farmers today need an exceptional understanding of the entire process – from farm through to customer.”
Milly Wastie, Chairman, National Federation of Young Farmer’s Clubs said: “The Progressive Young Farmer Training Programme really illustrates the blend of business and technical skills needed to work in the sector today and will set these young farmers up for successful future careers.”