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McDonald’s Invests $6.5 Million in Sustainable Guatemala Coffee

McDonald’s Corp., the world’s largest restaurant chain, will invest $6.5 million over five years to help about 13,000 coffee growers in Guatemala produce more high-grade beans from sustainable farms as demand grows.

The investment will help secure supplies of arabica beans, which the company uses in a premium-roast coffee business that has doubled in sales since 2006, Oak Brook, Illinois-based McDonald’s said today in an e-mailed statement. Farmers will be trained on certified growing methods that boost yields and incomes while preserving land and the environment. Guatemala is one of four McDonald’s suppliers in Central America.