France, Saint-Germaine-en-Laye. Cargill France and three poultry product suppliers, agreed to a three-year supply agreement with McDonald’s France that provides for a fixed purchase price for poultry used to make Chicken McNuggets.
The agreement is an effort by the companies to shield the poultry supply chain from market fluctuations, Cargill said. Cargill France, Boscher Poultry, LDC Group, and Gaévol breeders in partnership with Sanders signed the agreement in February. Stéphane Le Foll, French Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry was in attendance.
Cargill said demand for poultry products from McDonald’s France has more than doubled over the last four years. The agreement entails a per-year minimum of 9,100 t of poultry. Cargill said the deal “allows fair distribution of value while adhering to the stringent specifications of McDonald’s…” Those specifications include 170 criteria for breeding, detailed animal welfare and environmental stewardship requirements and a commitment to ending the use of antibiotics by the end of 2017.