Not only is our vision of Good Food. Better Life about our products, it’s also about our commitment to give back to the communities in which we live and work.
Globally, these initiatives support scientific and medical research, computers for schools, precious resource preservation and so much more. We also donate to various programs aimed at ending poverty and fighting hunger in the developing world. We also support and encourage employee teams that walk, bike, run and raft to raise money for cancer, heart disease and stroke, diabetes and other critical illnesses.
McCain Foods USA has built strategic and long-term relationships with organizations including the American Red Cross, to whom we have ongoing support for Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) for all of our U.S. sites.
We also support Feeding America (formerly Second Harvest) and give to other organizations, such as Ronald McDonald House Charities.
In every community in which we do business, McCain employees are impacting the lives of others in the community as a result of their efforts. In addition to supporting the non-profit organizations with whom McCain has built strategic relationships, our employees spend their time and put their effort into doing whatever they can to help make a difference in their communities.
McCain Foods is also committed to creating healthier options for customers across retail, foodservice and school channels. McCain Foods has aligned its product improvements with strategic partnerships. For example, we have collaborated in our work with the Alliance For A Healthier Generation, we have pledged support of new product, public education and demonstration efforts aimed at improving child nutrition in American schools. Joining efforts with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is just one part of McCain Foods’ multi-year commitment to product offerings that fit within a balanced diet without compromising taste. Delivering healthier products ensures that McCain Foods meets a growing marketplace demand and maintains a competitive advantage. Working with groups like the Alliance for a Healthier Generation gives McCain a tremendous opportunity to help improve child nutrition.
Americans love french fries. And children are no exception. But not all fries are created equal. Healthier products, preparation methods like oven baking and portion control all matter a great deal. McCain Foods believes that school foodservice industry providers should commit immediately to producing products that that meet nutritional guidelines (particularly total fat and saturated fat) while tasting great. McCain Foods is providing healthier versions of potato favorites, introducing new healthy products and educating consumers on how to identify better choices. Today McCain Foods offers 31 school foodservice products (up from 21 in 2007) that fit within the Alliance’s Schools Competitive Foods Guidelines for various grade levels. McCain is also engaged in product development testing to increase its portfolio of items containing less than 35 percent calories from fat, 0g trans fat, fewer than 10 percent calories from saturated fat and 230 mg of sodium or less per one-half cup vegetable serving.