US - Dunkin' Donuts is to use gestation crate-free pork and cage-free eggs in its foods.
The company will map its international supply chain to understand the feasibility of transitioning to 100 per cent cage-free eggs globally, and, based on this assessment, establish a global target with interim deliverables towards this goal.
As an immediate step, 10 percent of all eggs sourced for its breakfast sandwiches in the US will be cage-free by the end of next year.
Additionally, Dunkin’ Donuts will source only gestation crate-free pork in the US by 2022. Dunkin’ Brands is working with its suppliers and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to update its animal welfare policy and meet its target goals.
Christine Riley Miller, Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Dunkin’ Brands, said: “Dunkin’ Brands and our franchisee community care about the welfare of animals and their humane treatment.
"We set a goal to source 5 percent cage-free eggs by 2013, an accomplishment we are proud to have achieved.
"Now, working with our suppliers and The Humane Society of the United States, we are setting new commitments to help the egg and pork industries eliminate cages to demonstrate our responsibility to animal welfare and sustainable, ethical sourcing.”
Josh Balk, senior food policy director for The HSUS said: “Dunkin’s commitment to improve the lives of farm animals is taking another positive step.
"This new policy is further testament that consumers and companies are aligned in shifting the egg and pork industries away from confining animals in cages.”
More information on Dunkin' Brands' efforts is available here.
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