Philadelphia-based food service giant Aramark today said it will eliminate all pork from animals bred using gestation crates in its U.S. supply chain by 2017.
In announcing the plans with the Humane Society of the United States, Aramark joins dozens of other food service companies, restaurant chains and supermarkets that have pledged to end their reliance on suppliers who house breeding pigs in undersized crates their whole lives.
“Aramark is proud to stand in partnership with other industry leaders and supply chain partners to transition away from gestation crates in a timely fashion,” said Kathy Cacciola, Aramark's senior director of environmental sustainability. “We’re committed to operating responsibly and addressing key issues, including animal welfare, throughout our supply chain and business, and this commitment helps move the entire industry toward the elimination of gestation crates.”
To meet this goal, Aramark has asked its primary pork suppliers to develop plans for reducing, and then eliminating gestation crates and will require new supplier contracts for pork to provide a plan that addresses how they will phase out gestation creates to meet these important goals, the company said in a news release.