The US fast-food chain says it is continuing to invest in local coffee suppliers across its global markets, with Delta Cafés now supplying its 189 outlets in Portugal
McDonald’s said that the Delta Cafés agreement highlights its ongoing commitment to using local coffee roasters | Photo credit: Angelina Yan
McDonald’s Portugal has signed a contract with Alentejo-based Nabeiro Group which will see Delta coffee served in 189 McDonald’s locations in the country, including more than 90 McCafé stores.
Nabeiro Group, which operates coffee roaster and retail packaged coffee company Delta Cafés, said that the McDonald’s partnership will enable the company to expand Delta coffee’s reach to more consumers in Portugal.
Delta Cafés operates in 40 countries via its subsidiaries and retail distributors, predominantly in Europe but also in Brazil and China. In 2020, Delta Cafés launched its Delta Q eQo biodegradable capsule, a sustainable upgrade on its own espresso product first launched in 2007.
“We are certain that McDonald's consumers will surrender to this new experience and the possibility of tasting coffee in our McCafé and restaurants with the quality and flavour that Delta has been accustomed to for decades”, said Inês Lima, Managing Director, McDonald's Portugal.
McDonald’s, which had previously supplied its own coffee in Portugal, said that the agreement highlights its ongoing commitment to using national roasters.
In Italy, Milan-based roaster Caffè Ottolina supplies coffee to the chain’s 530 McCafé outlets, while Swiss roaster Rast Kaffee supplies the 70 McCafé outlets in Switzerland.
McCafé is the largest coffee chain in Portugal’s 380-strong branded coffee shop market, ahead of domestic chains Sical and Buondi Caffé which operate 52 and 28 outlets respectively.
Project Café Europe 2022 estimates that the Portuguese branded coffee shop market will reach 425 outlets by 2027.