McDonald's franchisee commits to end use of gestation crates

April 11, 2014

Arcos Dorados, McDonald's largest global franchisee, has announced plans to end the use of gestation crates in its supply chain. The chain is requiring its pork suppliers to submit documented plans within two years to limit the use of gestation crates for sows with plans for alternative group housing.

According to a news release, by the end of 2016, all pork procured by Arcos Dorados will be sourced by producers that can demonstrate documented plans to promote group housing for their sows.

"We have great relationships and confidence in our suppliers, with a shared commitment to leading animal welfare practices," said Horacio Sbrolla, VP of Supply Chain at Arcos Dorados Latin America.

The goal was developed with input from its suppliers, pork producers, animal welfare experts and McDonald´s U.S. It follows the commitment by McDonald's U.S. to end the use of gestation stalls in its supply chain by 2022.

Topics: Equipment & Supplies , International , Social Responsibility , Sustainability

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