FOODSERVICE COMPANY TAKES STAND ON ANIMAL WELFARE
March 8, 2012
Charlotte, NC -- Compass Group, the largest global food and support
services company in operation, announced it will stop using pork from
animals housed in gestation crates by 2017. The move will affect the
company's entire supply chain. Compass Group purchases 38 million lbs. of
pork annually, according to the company. It directs dining operations in
more than 10,000 schools, colleges, universities, corporations, hospitals
and senior living centers. The company also runs similar operations at
sports and entertainment venues and cultural institutions throughout the US.
"Animal welfare is an important issue to our clients, our guests and
our company," said Steve Sweeney, chief executive officer of Chartwells,
which provides dining services to schools and higher education, speaking on
behalf of Compass Group. "Encouraged by Bon Appetit's efforts, we are proud
to be the first large foodservice company to make this commitment."
Chartwells provides foodservice at more than 225 colleges and universities,
and 550 school districts.
Bon Appetit Management Company, one of the
companies in Compass Group's portfolio, announced reforms to its purchasing
policies on Feb. 21. The company committed to:
--Requiring that all
pork it serves -- currently 3 million lbs. annually -- be produced without
gestation crate confinement systems, using group-housing systems instead.
--Switching all of its pre-cracked (liquid) eggs -- currently 11 million
eggs annually -- from hens housed in battery cages to hens living in
cage-free farms, as it already does for shell eggs.
eliminating foie gras (livers of force-fed ducks) and veal from calves
confined in crates from its menus.
--Increasing efforts to seek out
meat, poultry and egg producers who have received at least one of the four
highest animal-welfare certifications.
Compass Group has supported
initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable agriculture and local food
economies, use of cage free shell eggs, less use of antibiotics in animal
production and sustainable seafood.