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.