McDonald’s Canada to import beef

Reuters — McDonald’s Canadian restaurants will begin sourcing some of their beef from outside the country due to supply chain issues amid the coronavirus pandemic, the fast-food chain said on Tuesday.

The burger chain’s Canadian arm, which for years has marketed its burgers as made from 100 per cent Canadian beef, said sourcing imported beef was an interim measure following processing capacity limitations at its suppliers.

McDonald’s cited the temporary closure of Cargill’s High River, Alta. facility and said it was working with the meat processor and other global suppliers to meet demand.

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“Until Canada’s beef supply stabilizes, we will source as much Canadian beef as we can and then supplement with imported beef,” the company said.

The company said it also plans to temporarily remove Angus burgers from its Canadian menu nationally “as part of the simplification of our menu.”

However, it said its restaurants “may continue to sell through” the Angus product while their supplies last.

Cargill announced last week it would temporarily idle the High River plant, about 35 km south of Calgary, following reports from provincial health officials that almost 500 cases of COVID-19 were connected to the facility.

— Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bangalore; includes files from Glacier FarmMedia Network staff.

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