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McDonald’s chooses sustainable packaging for food

FBR Staff Writer Published 15 April 2011

McDonald's, a chain of hamburger fast food restaurants in the US, has unveiled its plans for sustainable packaging for its products.

According to the company, suppliers will henceforth only provide agricultural raw materials from land for its food and packaging that has been certified as sustainable by an external third-party evaluation process.

McDonald's Sustainable Land Management Commitment (SLMC) will first focus on the five areas that it believes will make most impact: packaging, beef, poultry, coffee and palm oil, according to packagingnews.co.uk.

McDonald's chief executive officer Jim Skinner said the company will continue to focus its energy on developing sustainable sourcing practices and broadening the menu choices.

"Each year, we set goals that challenge us to put our resources toward strengthening communities and helping maintain a world that can carry all of us well into the future," Skinner added.

McDonald's vice president for strategic sourcing Francesca DeBiase said McDonald's and its suppliers have taken many positive steps in the past 20 years to improve the sustainability of its supply chain, and now it is reaching even higher with its vision for sourcing all of food and packaging from certified sustainable sources.