Getting a Moms'-eye view
of produce, supply chain
Sep 19, 2007 10:18 AM
McDonald’s is opening its doors to the Moms’ Quality Correspondents, offering them an unprecedented look at the company’s produce and supply chain.
Over the course of three days, the six Quality Correspondents will tour McDonald’s apple supply chain—from the farm to the supplier. They are exploring an apple orchard near Buffalo NY, a nearby produce packing facility, and Missa Bay, an apple and produce supplier in Swedesboro NJ. The Quality Correspondents are seeing first-hand how the apples are picked, sorted, bundled, washed, cored, peeled, seeded, sliced, chilled, and packaged for delivery to restaurants.
Besides meeting the Missa Bay quality assurance team, the Quality Correspondents will speak with McDonald’s produce quality assurance and menu development experts. The moms will learn how Missa Bay and McDonald’s have worked together to develop techniques that put fresh produce, such as apples in Apple Dippers and the Snack Size Fruit and Walnut Salad, on the menu and to ensure produce quality at McDonald’s restaurants.
The McDonald’s Moms’ Quality Correspondents are:
•Tonia Welling, Bentonville AR, mother of four
•Joanna Canizares, Miami FL, mother of two
•LaShawna Fitzpatrick-Hughes, Encino CA, mother of two
•Monica Fuentes, Anthem AZ, mother of three
•Tina Hoxie, Mulliken MI, mother of two
•Gilda McHenry, Downingtown PA, mother of three
These mothers will share their personal experiences via downloadable videos and online journal entries at the web site www.mcdonaldsmom.com.
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