Where does all our lettuce go?

The next time you tuck into some McDonald’s, spare a thought for the 815,000 kilograms of lettuce used, that is grown by our local farmers in Pukekohe as well as in Ashhurst in the Manawatu. All that lettuce is comparable to the weight of 402,500 pairs of gumboots.

If that’s not enough McDonald’s sourced over 91 million buns, rolls, bagels and muffins – that’s over four times the number of sheep in New Zealand. In addition 12.8 million free range eggs were used – 3.7 times more eggs than there are visitors to New Zealand in the same period.

Also the equivalent of two Airbus A380’s, in the form of 1.7 million kilograms of cheese and other dairy went into McDonald’s burgers, McMuffins, wraps and bagels. So if you thought your grocery bill was high, Macca’s local and export shopping bill topped a whopping $360 million in 2017.





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