McDonald’s UAE Supplier Del Monte Adopts Pioneering Biodiesel Campaign

Dubai, UAE, June 30 2013: McDonald’s UAE today announced that Del Monte, its fresh produce supplier, recently implemented the pioneering biodiesel initiative originally campaigned across the UAE by McDonald’s in 2011 in partnership with Neutral Fuels.

A total of 20 vehicles from Del Monte’s logistics fleet are currently running on biodiesel made from McDonald’s UAE’s used vegetable cooking oil. Del Monte’s entire fleet of vehicles is expected to run on biodiesel by the end of 2013.

Oussama Naddy, General Manager at Del Monte Foods (UAE) FZE, said: “As McDonald’s UAE’s long time partner and supplier for the past six years, we saw this as a great opportunity to participate in what we believe is a groundbreaking initiative. We were convinced to participate thanks to the numerous benefits associated with biodiesel including the 80 percent reduction of carbon dioxide emission and the ease with which the conversion from regular diesel to biodiesel can be made throughout our fleet without modifying the engines.”

As part of the McDonald’s UAE programme, 100 percent used vegetable oil is collected from McDonald’s outlets across the UAE and converted into 100 percent biodiesel by McDonald’s cleantech partner, Neutral Fuels.

Commenting on McDonald’s latest achievement is Mr. Rafic Fakih, Managing Director and Partner of McDonald’s UAE: “Since the biodiesel campaign was first launched in 2011, we have seen an increasing interest from companies around the region. Del Monte’s participation in this campaign serves as a testament to the success of this initiative and fits in perfectly with our objective to encourage other UAE companies to consider incorporating similar campaigns.”

Karl W Feilder, CEO and Chairman of Neutral Fuels, added: “Using biodiesel is the surest way to support the UAE government’s vision as a world leader in environmentally sustainable initiatives. Biodiesel is a real-world product available to every diesel fleet operator right now. It delivers savings not just to the environment but to the bottom line as well.  For the past two years McDonald’s UAE has proven that biodiesel is a commercially viable long-term sustainable alternative.”

Biodiesel is the only renewable transport fuel option that can be commercially deployed today. Independent studies have shown that biodiesel usage results in approximately 80 percent less carbon dioxide than burning traditional fossil diesel on a lifecycle basis. In addition biodiesel has excellent lubricating properties which help prevent premature engine wear and failure. Biodiesel also acts as a cleaning detergent in fuel systems, improving efficiency and reducing maintenance.