McDonald's burger buns coming off the production line in Coventry

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The Coventry bakery will produce buns solely for McDonald’s burgers, such as the Cheeseburger, Mayo Chicken and in future, the Big Mac, for restaurants across the UK & Ireland

McDonald’s UK & Ireland has teamed up with Guenther Bakeries UK to open a new bakery in Coventry, which will create fresh buns exclusively for the fast-food giant’s burgers.

British Baker previously reported on the opening of the site at Lyon Park back in August, but it can now be revealed that all goods produced at the site are for McDonald’s.

The facility reflects a £38m investment from the firms, including £20m in what they described as cutting-edge technology. This, they added, was a ‘crucial factor’ in enabling the site to bake up to 1.1 million buns a day (the equivalent of 72,000 buns an hour).

Guenther’s parent company C.H. Guenther & Son is a long-standing partner of McDonald’s and has supplied its restaurants with buns for over 18 years, both in the UK and Irish market and globally. The new bakery in Coventry represents the company’s sixth site in Europe and fourth in the UK.

A person working on the McDonald's production line

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The new McDonald’s UK&I and Guenther bakery site in Coventry will create up to 90 jobs for local people

“The opening of our new bakery in Coventry is a brilliant moment for our business and will help us to better serve our customers with quality buns for their favourite burgers,” said Beth Hart, vice president, supply chain at McDonald’s UK & Ireland.

“At McDonald’s, we’re proud of the longstanding relationships we have with our suppliers like Guenther Bakeries and investing in innovation like the new site in Coventry is an excellent example of the exciting work we’re achieving together,” Hart added.

The new bakery will create up to 90 jobs for local people, with 85% of the staff recruited for the site living locally, and the potential for further new roles in future.

Dale Tremblay, global president & CEO at C.H. Guenther & Son, said the opening marks the bakery’s “continued commitment” to delivering fresh, quality buns to McDonald’s restaurants across the country.

“We’re incredibly proud to be bringing such significant investment to Coventry, and to be opening a bakery that boasts one of the fastest production lines in the whole of Europe,” Tremblay added.