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Linde helping to keep F J Walker on a roll

Supplier: Linde Material Handling
22 January, 2007

If F J Walker was to consider the key moment in its 84 year history, it would be hard to look past 1970. During this period it became Australia’s largest meat company and was approached by McDonald’s to manufacture 100% beef patties for the restaurant chain’s impending opening in Australia.

F J Walker is now a division of Australia Meat Holdings Pty  Ltd - Australia’s largest beef processor and exporter.

The company subsequently delivered beef patties to McDonald’s first  restaurant in the Sydney suburb of Yagoona in 1971.

In 1975  McDonald’s again approached F J Walker to commence a centralised  distribution operation to its rapidly growing restaurant chain, starting  initially with frozen goods.

By 1978 it became clear that dedicated facilities were needed to cope  with the dramatic growth of McDonald’s.

In 1979, F J Walker opened a dedicated integrated  manufacturing and  distribution operation in  Blacktown in Sydney’s west.

McDonald’s used the capacity  from this world-class facility to  develop its Asian operations, with F J Walker at one time supplying beef to McDonald’s  stores in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand,Singapore,Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines and  Japan. 

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