McDonalds serves untold numbers of Egg McMuffins, McGriddles and other popular breakfast items each morning to commuters and other customers. The bread, sausage, ham, bacon, cheese and eggs that make up the company’s delicious breakfast products don’t appear from thin air, and it turns out that it takes more than 1.1 million hens to produce enough eggs to feed McDonalds customers in the United States, and that’s just west of the Mississippi river.
Sparboe Farms, a large corporate agricultural farm, is McDonald’s exclusive supplier for whole eggs and liquid eggs for all of McDonalds restaurants west of the Mississippi river in the United States. Currently the company’s facility has 500,000 hens laying eggs for the company but McDonalds has asked it to expand its operations and provide the company with more product.
Sparboe is now in the process of expanding its poultry operations in its facility near Eagle Grove, MN. The company hopes to break ground on June 1st, adding two additional buildings which will add 600,000 more hens to the company’s operations. Sparboe has about 100 employees at its two sites and the proposed expansion will create 7 new jobs. The company’s west facility alone is currently producing about 2 million eggs per day, seven days a week.
McDonalds was the first fast-food company to start offering breakfast foods in 1973 with its introduction of the Egg McMuffin. The company added other products to its breakfast line-up overtime including the McGriddle in 2003. McDonalds sells more in breakfast items than any other fast-food restaurant in the United States.