McCain Food Service UK
At McCain Foods one of our strengths is that we understand that every sector and catering outlet has different needs. We believe that by working together we can create great food experiences that your customers remember, whatever the occasion and whatever the sector, to make your business even more successful.
At McCain, we’re passionate about potatoes. And with our potato products, we aim to bring joy to everyday meal times. As a family-owned company, we care both about using simple ingredients in our products and about our people who make them.
McCain products can be found in thousands of restaurants and supermarket freezers in more than 160 countries – one in every three French fries in the world is a McCain fry. In addition to fries, McCain also produces other foods, including snacks, meals and vegetables for both the retail and foodservice industries.
To help our growers run effective, sustainable farms, we also provide research and tools to enhance harvest efficiency, reduce waste and take care of the environments they work in.
We encourage our growers to use the most effective water irrigation system and protect their resources. We are a responsible food manufacturer with strong links in farming. Whatever we do, we aim to do it with minimal impact. As well as encouraging our growers to maximise their natural resources, we’ve invested millions of pounds in renewable energy at our factories.
Our Whittlesey factory can generate 70% of its own electrical energy via wind turbines and an anaerobic lagoon. The site also boasts a reverse osmosis, self-contained water treatment plant, which has seen our water usage reduce by 25%.
REDUCING OUR FOOTPRINT
We’ve reduced our carbon footprint by using longer lorries. This enables us to carry more products to our customers. So far, we’ve saved over 250,000 road miles and hundreds tonnes of CO2.
Currently over 99% of all McCain food waste is recycled into animal feed, by-products or renewable energy. Through our partnership with food redistribution charity, FareShare, we also donate surplus products, which helps local communities, as well as helping us to control our food waste. In 2014, we donated the equivalent of over 30,000 meals.
At McCain, we know that good people are the key ingredient to a successful business. In the UK we have over 1,700 employees who help us to produce some of the nation’s favourite potato products.
Being a McCain employee has a number of benefits. These include a generous pension scheme, a range of learning and development opportunities, healthcare support, a company Cycle to Work Scheme and access to McCain Community Stars – a grant scheme to support our employees’ voluntary work. Employees are also awarded for outstanding contributions to the business at our annual awards ceremony.
As a global business, we also offer employees overseas opportunities, meaning many of our people have been able to add international experience to their CV.
SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITIES
As a responsible, family-owned company, we’re proud of the many charities and community organisations we’ve supported over the years. We work in partnership with a number of organisations in areas that we think will make the biggest difference to the communities where we live and work. These partnerships cover three areas: educating the next generation, encouraging healthy, active lifestyles, and reducing food waste.
EDUCATING THE NEXT GENERATION
Investing in education for young people gives back to our communities and helps us to build our future as a business. Two great schemes we have at McCain are:
McCain Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme: This scheme forms part of an industry-wide approach to help develop future engineers and inspire young people to join the food manufacturing sector.
McCain Scholarship Programme: It’s not just our employees’ learning we support – it’s their children’s too. Every year we award up to seven scholarships for higher education to the children of people who work for us.
Outside of our business, we support education in many ways to help create new opportunities for young people in the food and drink industry. Our activities include supporting the broader industry in establishing the first UK MEng Food Engineering degree at Sheffield Hallam University and backing the development of a University Technical College in Scarborough, the town of our head office.
ENCOURAGING HEALTHY, ACTIVE LIFESTYLES
We’re committed to making food that can be enjoyed as part of a healthy, balanced diet. As part of our commitment, we also want to encourage our consumers and communities to enjoy an active lifestyle and understand more about their food.
We support various initiatives, from encouraging school children to grow their own potato crops through AHDB Potatoes’ Grow Your Own Potatoes Scheme, to helping to organise the annual McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k and family run.
Community, Procurement & sourcing, Product development, Supply chain