Restaurant Chain Directs Suppliers to Provide Plans for Meeting Demand, Moving Toward Gestation Crate-Free Pork Supply
The Cheesecake Factory, which serves more than 80 million customers a year, announced that it has begun eliminating gestation crates from its pork supply.
Gestation crates are cages used to confine breeding pigs so restrictively, the animals can’t even turn around. The predominant alternative is housing pregnant pigs in open groups, which provides greater freedom of movement.
“In 2012 we committed to work with our pork suppliers to eliminate gestation crates from our supply chain by a 2022 target,” recaps The Cheesecake Factory in a new announcement on its website. “We are pleased to report that one of our suppliers is currently gestation crate free and at least two others have made commitments to do so at their company-owned operations by 2017.” Added the Company:
“As a next step, we plan to work with our pork suppliers to ensure they have commitments and plans in place to end gestation crate use in the entire supply chain servicing us by or before 2022, and we will annually review their progress.”
The Cheesecake Factory is one of 60 food companies representing hundreds of thousands of locations that have mandated an end to gestation crates in their supply chains.
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