CANTON, Mass., Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today announced that it will begin switching to cage-free eggs in its breakfast sandwiches nationwide and eliminate cages for breeding pigs known as "gestation crates" from its pork supply chain. These actions were applauded by The Humane Society of the United States.
As a first step, the company will transition five percent of its eggs to cage-free by the end of 2013. Additionally, in order to determine a timeline for eliminating gestation crates, the company will require its U.S. pork suppliers to outline their plans to achieve this goal.
"Dunkin' Donuts is committed to environmental and social responsibility, and we're pleased to announce this commitment to continuously raise the bar for the treatment of animals within our supply chain," said Scott Murphy, Vice President, Dunkin' Donuts Global Supply Chain. "We're working with our partners at The Humane Society of the United States and our franchisee-owned distribution and purchasing cooperative to source ingredients that meet high animal welfare standards."
"Dunkin' Donuts' move to procure eggs from more humane sources and to eliminate gestation crates reflects a strong commitment to animal welfare," said Josh Balk, Director of Corporate Policy for the Humane Society of the United States. "We are grateful that the company has exhibited leadership in improving the treatment of farm animals within its supply chain."
Dunkin' Donuts views its commitment to animal welfare as an important part of its overall strategy to responsibly serve its guests and the communities that it serves in a range of areas, from the ingredients it sources to the energy and materials it uses.
To learn more about Dunkin' Brands' commitment to corporate social responsibility, please visit http://dunkinbrands.com/Responsibility/.
About Dunkin' DonutsFounded 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 regular/decaf coffee, iced coffee, hot flavored 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 six years running. The company has more than 10,000 restaurants in 32 countries worldwide. For the full-year 2011, Dunkin' Donuts' restaurants had global franchisee-reported sales of approximately $6.4 billion. 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.
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