McDonalds China serving up 37.5 million Fonterra soft serves


Over 500 McDonalds restaurants across China will serve up a taste of New Zealand, with Fonterra now supplying product for the restaurant chain’s iconic soft serve ice creams.

Around 37.5 million soft serve ice creams are being made with Fonterra’s dairy – roughly one every second.

The product, sourced from New Zealand farms, is being served in more than 300 restaurants across China, with another 200 stores from 1 January.

President of Fonterra Greater China Christina Zhu says the deal is part of Fonterra growing its Foodservice business in China.

We’re delighted to be expanding our partnership with McDonalds China, who we already supply slice-on-slice cheese and UHT milk.

Christina Zhu, President of Fonterra Greater China

“McDonalds China chose to source milk powder from Fonterra to make their vanilla ice cream after our product received the highest sensory score in their pilot. It also speaks to our innovation and food safety and quality standards.”

China is the world’s biggest ice cream market, scooping up around 4.3 billion litres in 2016.

“Ice cream sales in China are rising steadily and Fonterra is primed to meet the demand,” says Ms Zhu.

“Our Foodservice business is a leader in China’s foodservice market, with customers valuing our trusted brand, product innovation, and premium quality.”