MINNEAPOLIS – McDonald's honored Cargill with seven "Best of Sustainable Supply" awards in recognition of Cargill's ability to deliver a safe, sustainable and reliable supply of food and products. McDonald's is one of Cargill's largest global customers.

McDonald's honored Cargill for seven projects, including:

• Raising yields of canola per acre to fulfill McDonald's requirements for high-oleic canola oil;
• Establishing Indonesia's first palm oil teaching farm;
• Implementing renewable energy sources in chicken housing to reduce the housing's carbon footprint while improving animal health;
• Helping cocoa farmers implement sustainable practices, improve production and quality and earn better prices;
• Collaborating with World Wildlife Fund to boost corn production while protecting environmentally sensitive lands in Northeast China's Jilin province;
• Setting environmental targets for stevia cultivation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste and ensure Truvia stevia is not grown on conservation or protected lands;
• Working with CARE to reduce hunger, increase farmer productivity and improve children's education.

"We strive every day to help our customers achieve their goals, including helping them deliver more sustainable products, services and solutions," said Pete Richter, head of Cargill's McDonald's Business Unit. "The seven projects honored today range from work we do in direct partnership with McDonald's to initiatives we lead as we make corporate responsibility integral to our day-to-day operations."

Cargill's projects were among 51 honored by McDonald's with its 2014 Best of Sustainable Supply awards.