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McDonald’s T&T supports local suppliers
McCafé, the world-famous McDonald’s coffee house segment, will offer pastry products from Nichossa Restaurant Bakery and Desserts in San Fernando to customers at their new McDonald’s Gulf View location. This agreement is the latest of many partnerships between McDonald’s T&T and local suppliers to provide customers with food items of the highest quality and freshness. Nichossa Bakery will provide the McCafé at McDonald’s Gulf View, which recently celebrated its opening on October 9, with fresh pies and muffins. Apart from pastry items and other desserts, McCafé offers an array of coffees and hot beverages. The new partnership mirrors McDonald’s T&T’s arrangement with Maria’s Bakery in Port of Spain for a host of dessert items such as cookies, croissants, muffins and pastries.
Lesley-Ann Dopson, owner of Nichossa Bakery, said she was pleased when Arcos Dorados approached them to be a supplier for McDonald’s. “Nichossa is proud to be associated with the world-famous McDonald’s brand and to share our locally-made products with their customers. We look forward to a long-lasting relationship with them,” Dopson said. Jameela Mohammed-Ali, Market Manager for Arcos DoradosT&T, explained that McDonald’s has a longstanding tradition of using local suppliers. “Arcos Dorados, the operator of McDonald’s T&T and other restaurants throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, has always used local suppliers. It is one of our key policies. We want only the freshest ingredients that use the highest standards of safety and quality for our menu items. One way to ensure those standards are met is to work with reputable, local suppliers,” Mohammed-Ali said.
McDonald’s T&T’s list of local suppliers includes Arawak for Bone-In Chicken and Flavorite Foods Ltd. for the ice cream in sundaes. Maria’s Bakery supplies McCafé with carrot muffins, dates- filled pastries, and oatmeal cookies among others. Nichossa supplies the new McCafé in Gulf View with beef pies, spinach pies and mixed fruit muffins. Mohammed-Ali also stressed that McDonald’s TT’s commitment goes beyond their customers. “When we entered Trinidad and Tobago, Arcos Dorados made a vow that we would provide not only a one-of-a-kind dining experience, but that we would be a good neighbour, providing jobs and training, carrying out charitable works and creating new business opportunities for local suppliers,” she explained. “Another example of our contribution to the local economy is investing in these local supplier.” The Market Manager added that “the relationships we have forged with our local suppliers are mutually beneficial and we are very happy with the results of these partnerships. The standard of T&T’s suppliers such as Nichossa is as high and it shows in the quality of our meals and the contentment of our customers.”
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