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Letter from the Presidents...
Hello Supplier Network Members,
Happy fourth quarter – already!  Since our last note in July, many of us have participated in several Supplier Network events over the summer and into fall.

An Executive Meet & Greet featuring Francesca DeBiase, Executive Vice President of Sustainability and Supply Chain Management, was a highlight. Francesca shared her passion for the three-legged stool and self-managed excellence. She also shared some of her mentoring insight, encouraging us to “pull up a chair” if we aren’t invited to “sit at the table” so that our voices can be heard.  Her well-attended Meet & Greet session was part of a of trifecta of events which included a building tour of the new MHQ as well as a Power Hour held on MHQ’s magnificent ninth floor lounge.

In addition to August’s Power Hour with special guest, Darcy Gilbert, our summer webinar focused on operations, featuring NABIT – Understanding the Art of Deployment in Today’s McDonald’s.  The October webinar featured McClement Management Group in a get-to-know you segment and was followed by a Power Hour, where the McClement team members were our special guests.

Later this year, we will offer a webinar detailing the McDonald’s Fresh Beef Journey to share many of the best practices and some of the learnings that this new product brought to the table. This webinar will be presented by the team responsible for the fresh beef rollout - McDonald’s Menu Marketing. 

Watch the Weekly Update for more events, including a plant tour of a Chicago area state-of-the-art supplier, our year-end update via webinar and the date for another Executive Meet & Greet featuring Warren Anderson. There is plenty of planning taking place.

Just announced – Supplier Network awardees for 2018!

Robin Caldwell of North Side Foods was voted this year’s recipient of The Strongest Link Award.  Robin consistently keeps our acronym and calendar pages up to date on the website. Thanks to her, we can plan our travel with an eye on what is happening with the Supplier Network and the McDonald’s System in general.  In addition, she organized last year’s Supplier Network trip to Springfield, IL so that all three legs of the stool could participate in the FFA convention and meet some of our future food industry leaders.  Robin is one of our strongest supplier links!

Jori Hume, McDonald’s Ambassadorship Leader and Global Internal Communications Manager, is this year’s recipient of the Supplier Network Advocacy Award.  Jori plugs the Network whenever she can.  She is as enthusiastic about us today as the day she first met representatives of the Supplier Network.  She was featured in a Network webinar earlier in the year and has introduced us to countless resources within the McDonald’s System.  And Jori was instrumental in arranging and helping to lead the MHQ building tour for 100+ suppliers in September.

Congratulations to Robin and Jori!

We are already experiencing a very busy 4th quarter.  Stay informed and in the know on all things McDonald’s by reading the Wednesday Weekly Update.   

All the best,
 Jan Perrino and Jeanne Gannon
 Supplier Network Co-Presidents

All members must be current suppliers to the McDonald’s system in the U.S.  A “supplier” is defined as those suppliers who have a signed Business Relationship Agreement with McDonald’s, and who have been approved by McDonald's to offer products and/or services to the McDonald’s system or whose pricing is nationally managed by McDonald’s US Supply Chain.  Other suppliers or service providers who don’t meet the above definition but would like to participate in the SN may be granted membership at the discretion of the SN’s Board of Directors and with McDonald’s approval.