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What’s in McDonald’s Food

Quality ingredients for quality food.

 Our Ingredients

We’re here to answer any questions that people have about our food. Find out more about each of the quality ingredients we used at McDonald’s.

Beef

For delicious grass-raised beef New Zealand is the perfect combo. An ideal climate, lush pastures and innovative farming produces enough beef for Macca’s in New Zealand and around the world. Our patties are 100% quality beef, and all that’s added is a dash salt and pepper when cooked.

Apples

Our apples are taken from New Zealand’s fruit bowl: Hawke's Bay. For our Apple Pies, we source Granny Smith apples - tart and juicy. For the fruit bags, we use Royal Gala apples - crisp and sweet. All are handpicked and quality checked before being baked or bagged.

Potatoes

NZ’s favourite menu item starts underground, but the process is very above board. Russet Burbank, Innovator and Shepody potatoes grow well in the light fertile soils of Canterbury, so McCain’s can supply us with the 12,000 tonnes of NZ potatoes we serve every year. From there they’re transported washed, checked, chopped. All ready to be fried, boxed and munched.

Fish

Back in the day, every Filet-O-Fish in the world was American Cod. In 1981 New Zealand went rogue, switching to locally sourced (and locally preferred) NZ Hoki. For 40 years Motueka based Talley’s has been the sole provider of our 100% NZ Hoki patties, working with our fisheries to make sure your Filet-O-Fish is fresh and sustainable. What’s the catch? Just local Hoki.

Eggs

When it comes to free range, the Macca’s egg came first. In 2015, we became the first and largest New Zealand restaurant chain to make the move to serving only free range eggs in our restaurants. Otaika Valley in Whangarei, and Zeagold in Waikouaiti supply whole 100% free range eggs to every McDonald’s in the country. Fair to say we’ve cracked it.

Buns

ARYZTA in Wairau Valley isn’t your standard local bakery, but 1.9 million buns a week isn’t your standard baker’s dozen. The recipe remains pretty traditional though. Flour milled in Ōtāhuhu is mixed with water, and yeast from Hamilton. It’s proofed, kneaded, glazed, baked and sliced ready to be toasted at the restaurant. Bun appétit.

Cheese

The good people of Eltham in Taranaki take Fonterra milk and turn it into enough cheese for three billion Macca’s burgers every year, here and abroad. The colour comes from Achiote tree seeds and paprika, naturally.

Coffee

There’s no shortcut to a good coffee. We take Rainforest Alliance Certified Arabica beans and roast them in Auckland for the discerning kiwi coffee drinker. When you order, our specially trained baristas extract the flavour through Italian-made espresso machines and add carefully heated fresh NZ milk (if that’s how you take it).

Lettuce

McDonald’s NZ customers eat almost a million kgs of lettuce every year (collectively of course, not each). The majority of this comes from the Franklin Region, sourced by GSF Fresh!. The key to the crispy freshness is that the lettuce is delivered from farm to restaurant, shredded and chilled within 48-hours of being picked. Lettuce keep it that way.

Tomatoes

We have Pukekohe’s perfect horticultural climate to thank for all our fresh juicy tomatoes. They’re vine ripened in glass houses to protect them from frost, and keep them growing happily all year round.

Onions

Since we opened our first New Zealand restaurant in Porirua in 1976 we’ve been using only locally grown onions, sourced by GSF Fresh! from North Waikato and Franklin. As our menu has grown, so have our suppliers, now unearthing enough red and brown onions to supply not just us but the Aussies as well.

Chicken

Since 1985 Ingham’s NZ has been supplying all of our McDonald’s chicken. Thirty Waikato farms supply all the 100% pure chicken breast that goes to Te Aroha or Auckland to become McChicken patties and McNuggets. Nothing is added to McNugget chicken except a crispy Tempura coating and seasoning. Farmer’s orders.

Milk

Fonterra source fresh milk from dairy farmers nationwide. Once transported to Auckland the milk and cream is mixed with natural vanilla flavouring and is delivered to the restaurant within 24 hours to go in your sundaes, cones and McFlurries. No nasties or powder fillers required. The final ingredient? NZ air.

Canola oil blend

Good fries deserve a good oil. We use a specific blend of canola and sunflower oils, because they are cholesterol free, low saturated fat and high in monounsaturated fat (the good one).  

Beetroot

When it comes to packing in New Zealand’s best produce, it’s hard to ‘beet’ the Kiwiburger. Our beetroot is all grown in the fertile soils of Hawkes Bay. Once dug up, Heinz take on the job of washing, inspecting, blanching, skinning, cooking and canning. Then at the restaurant it goes straight on your Kiwiburger, and hopefully not your white shirt.