Chipotle partners with Compassion in World Farming USA and The Humane Society of the United States to Improve Treatment of Chickens

Restaurant Chain Partners with CIWF and HSUS to Improve Treatment of Chickens

DENVER, 2017-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) announced the latest evolution in its longstanding commitment to animal welfare — an initiative that represents a key component of the company’s mission.

Together with Compassion in World Farming USA and The Humane Society of the United States, Chipotle has been working to address growing concerns about how chickens are raised and processed. With Chipotle purchasing roughly 140 million pounds of chicken annually, this initiative represents a major undertaking for the company and its chicken suppliers.

The most critical issues are: welfare outcomes resulting from fast-growing chickens, environments in the facilities that house chickens, the space allotted to each chicken, and the manner in which chickens are slaughtered. To address each of these issues, using standards aligned with the new requirements of the Global Animal Partnership’s standard for broiler chickens, Chipotle will work to achieve the following goals by 2024 or sooner:

a) Improved breeding. Transition to strains of birds bred for measurably improved welfare outcomes.
b) Providing more space. Provide animals with more space by reducing maximum stocking density to 6 lbs. per square foot.
c) Living conditions. Provide chickens with housing that includes improved lighting, litter and floor enrichments that allow chickens to express natural behaviors.
d) Slaughter. Process chickens in a manner that utilizes a multi-step controlled-atmosphere processing system.

Suppliers will also be required to demonstrate compliance with these standards via audits by Chipotle’s internal Animal Welfare team as well as third party auditors.

“This is one more step forward for Chipotle, and one giant leap for chickens,” said Humane Society of the U.S. Senior Food PolicyDirector, Matthew Prescott.

“Chipotle is continuing to walk the talk on animal welfare. We applaud the company and their chicken suppliers for leading the way in a commitment that will improve the lives of more farmed animals than any other food business to date,” said Leah Garces, Compassion in World Farming USA Executive Director.

“Chipotle has long been at the forefront of animal welfare issues and enlightened sourcing for our restaurants, and we’re proud of our commitment to the evolution of our already high standards for chicken,” added Joshua Brau, Food with Integrity Program Manager at Chipotle.

Additional information about Chipotle’s chicken protocols is available at Chipotle.com/chicken-welfare.

ABOUT CHIPOTLE

Steve Ells, Founder, Chairman and CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in an interactive style allowing people to get exactly what they want. Chipotle seeks out extraordinary ingredients that are not only fresh, but that are raised responsibly, with respect for the animals, land, and people who produce them. Chipotle prepares its food using whole, unprocessed ingredients and without the use of added colors, flavors or other additives typically found in fast food. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in Denver in 1993 and now operates more than 2,200 restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

Contact:
Chris Arnold
303-222-5912
chris.arnold@chipotle.com

Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Dunkin’ Donuts to switch to 100 percent cage-free eggs in its U.S. menu by 2025

CANTON, MA AND WASHINGTON, DC, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, with The Humane Society of the United States, today announced a commitment to source 100 percent cage-free eggs for eggs used in its U.S. menu by 2025. Earlier this year, the company announced its intent to source 10 percent of the eggs for U.S. breakfast sandwiches from cage-free sources by December 31, 2016.  According to The HSUS, Dunkin’ Donuts’ switch to 100 percent cage-free eggs will benefit approximately 1.4 million egg laying hens annually.

“We have a responsibility to ensure the humane treatment of animals, an issue we know is also important to both our franchisee community and our loyal guests,” said Christine Riley Miller, Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Dunkin’ Brands. “We are proud to continue our efforts towards sustainable sourcing, and are committed to our partnership with the Humane Society of the United States to help the egg industry eliminate the use of cages in our supply chain.”

According to Josh Balk, senior food policy director of The HSUS, “We’re pleased to see Dunkin’ Donuts exhibiting dedication to improving the lives of farm animals, and we applaud its decision to switch to exclusively using cage-free eggs. We look forward to continuing to work with the brand to achieve our mutual animal welfare goals.”

Additionally, the company has pledged to map its international supply chain to determine the feasibility of transitioning to 100 percent cage-free eggs on a global basis.

Dunkin’ Brands’ updated animal welfare policy can be found at http://www.dunkinbrands.com/responsibility/policies-and-statements. The company’s 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, Broadening Our Horizons, can be read or downloaded here: http://dun.kn/CSR2014Report.

About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for nine years running. The company has more than 11,500 restaurants in 40 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

About The Humane Society of the United States
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated most effective by our peers. For 60 years, we have celebrated the protection of all animals and confronted all forms of cruelty. We are the nation’s largest provider of hands-on services for animals, caring for more than 100,000 animals each year, and we prevent cruelty to millions more through our advocacy campaigns. Read more about our 60 years of transformational change for animals, and visit us at humanesociety.org.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Lindsay Cronin
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: lindsay.cronin@dunkinbrands.com

SOURCE: Dunkin’ Donuts