AMERICAN FAST FOOD CHAIN McDonald’s says its exports of Irish beef have increased from €80m in 2007 to €110m in 2010.
One in five hamburgers sold by the company across Europe every year is of Irish origin, it says.
The company said in a statement that some €6.5m worth of Irish beef – or around 5,000 tonnes – is consumed at its chain of restaurants in Ireland alone every year.
McDonald’s has 77 restaurants around Ireland and will be opening another four this year, bringing its number of employees here to 3,850.
McDonald’s will begin putting the Bord Bia Certified Member mark on its ‘ciabatte deluxe’ product later this month to mark “the fact that we source all of our beef from certified farms across the county”, McDonald’s Ireland managing director John Atherton said.
The company said an economic analysis report last year showed that it facilitated a total export of €195m of Irish-origin products in 2008.