McDonald’s new UK boss relished the chance to see the state-of-the art facilities in Dunstable used to supply the burger giant with its buns.
Chief executive officer Paul Pomroy led a tour of the Aryzta bun bakery on the Woodside Industrial Estate.
He was accompanied by members of the Aryzta team and McDonald’s UK supply chain director Connor McVeigh.
Two years ago McDonald’s and Aryzta, one of the fast food chain’s longest standing global suppliers, decided it needed a third bakery in the UK.
The bakery, which opened in August last year, is owned and operated by Aryzta.
It is the most advanced bakery supplying McDonald’s in Europe and its opening has created 70 full-time jobs in the local area, alongside many more in the construction industry when it was being built.
One year on, the bakery produces approximately 67,200 buns every hour – the highest production level within the Aryzta business.
Adrian Doran, commercial director UK & Ireland at Aryzta said: “Aryzta has been supplying McDonald’s global business for more than 30 years.
“Here in the UK we worked with McDonald’s to build a bespoke production facility in Dunstable. This significant investment has created 70 full time jobs in the local area, enabling us to supply McDonald’s 1,250 UK restaurants with great-tasting burger buns.
“The state-of-the-art technology used in our Dunstable facility allows us to make refinements and improvements to give us scale: bake products faster and with more control.
“One year on since we opened, this bakery produces approximately 67,200 buns for us every hour, the highest production level within the Aryzta business.”
Mr Pomroy, added: “Aryzta’s Dunstable bakery supplies us with the fresh buns we need for our most iconic burgers.
“It’s the most advanced bakery that supplies our menu in Europe and I’m thrilled to be in Dunstable to see it in action.
“Our shopping list at McDonald’s is quite short but we always say that we have a large basket to fill. We use quality ingredients on a daily basis, which means we have worked hard to develop close partnerships with our suppliers such as the team here in Dunstable.”
McDonald’s has just delivered 37 consecutive quarters of growth in the UK, and this growth means that its suppliers have the confidence to invest for the future.