CANTON, Mass. and WASHINGTON, March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dunkin' Donuts today announced that it will map its international supply chain to understand the feasibility of transitioning to 100% cage-free eggs globally, and, based on this assessment, establish a global target with interim deliverables towards this goal. As an immediate step, 10% of all eggs sourced for its breakfast sandwiches in the U.S. will be cage-free by the end of next year. Additionally, Dunkin' Donuts will source only gestation crate-free pork in the U.S. by 2022.
The announcement was made today in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Dunkin' Brands is working with its suppliers and the HSUS to update its animal welfare policy and meet its target goals.
According to Christine Riley Miller, Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Dunkin' Brands, "Dunkin' Brands and our franchisee community care about the welfare of animals and their humane treatment. We set a goal to source 5% cage-free eggs by 2013, an accomplishment we are proud to have achieved. Now, working with our suppliers and the Humane Society of the United States, we are setting new commitments to help the egg and pork industries eliminate cages to demonstrate our responsibility to animal welfare and sustainable, ethical sourcing."
Josh Balk, senior food policy director of HSUS said, "Dunkin's commitment to improve the lives of farm animals is taking another positive step. This new policy is further testament that consumers and companies are aligned in shifting the egg and pork industries away from confining animals in cages."
Dunkin' Brands' full commitment to animal welfare will be included in the company's 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility report, which will be released by end of spring. To download or read Dunkin' Brands' current corporate social responsibility report, Focused on Sustainable Solutions, or to learn more about Dunkin' Brands' CSR initiatives, please visit: http://www.dunkinbrands.com/responsibility/2012CSR.
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 11,300 restaurants in 36 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 and most effective animal protection organization. We and our affiliates provide hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year, and we professionalize the field through education and training for local organizations. We are the leading animal advocacy organization, seeking a humane world for people and animals alike. We are driving transformational change in the U.S. and around the world by combating large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting, factory farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and the wildlife trade.
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