McDonald’s USA presented Cargill Protein’s Egg Team with the 2017 U.S. Supplier of the Year award at its Lake Odessa, Mich., and Mason City, Iowa, egg processing facilities on June 1. As a McDonald’s supplier for nearly 25 years, Cargill was selected for the U.S. Supplier of the Year award for its leadership in supporting the launch and execution of McDonald’s “All Day Breakfast,” and pledging to supply 100 percent cage-free eggs for dedicated supply by 2025. The U.S. Supplier of the Year award presentations were held at Cargill’s egg processing facilities to ensure the recognition was celebrated with the teams that produce eggs for McDonald’s USA.

The award recognizes top performance in McDonald’s USA’s supplier network. “Cargill supplies more than two billion eggs every year, helping us deliver people’s favorite breakfast foods all day long. We’re proud that the McDonald’s system purchases a portion of their eggs from Michigan, speaking to the quality that’s produced right in our backyard,” said Tony D’Anna, McDonald’s owner/operator in Michigan. “It’s an honor having people here in our local community who are producing the eggs used in McDonald’s restaurants I operate and at McDonald’s across the nation,” said Nancy Carroll, McDonald’s Mason City, Iowa owner/operator.

“McDonald’s USA works with the highest performing suppliers in the industry. We’re thrilled they selected Cargill Protein’s Egg Team as the 2017 U.S. Supplier of the Year,” said Norm Stocker, business lead for Cargill Poultry foodservice. “We are also grateful for the Cargill Protein’s Egg Team and the farms that deliver superior products and service to McDonald’s every day.”

“The only way McDonald’s can meet and exceed our customers’ changing expectations is through strong relationships like the one we have with Cargill,” said Marion Gross, senior vice president of McDonald’s North America Supply Chain. “The Cargill eggs team was with us every step of the way – from All Day Breakfast to our commitment to cage-free eggs – and that’s what makes them a truly valued member of our supply chain.”

Cargill was the recipient of the 2005 U.S. Supplier of the Year award, which makes them the first supplier to have the distinction of receiving this recognition twice. The McDonald’s U.S. Supplier of the Year award is presented annually to the food, paper, or service supplier that makes the most significant contribution to McDonald’s USA business results from the previous year. Award criteria include commitment to quality and food safety, visible system leadership, exemplary customer service and value.