25 Apr '12, 7pm

Burger King goes cage-free: What it means for egg suppliers

Burger King goes cage-free: What it means for egg suppliers

Here's some super-sized news in the world of food sustainability and the humane treatment of livestock. Burger King (NYSE: BKC), the world’s second-largest fast-food chain, is making changes that will dramatically affect the welfare of the millions of chickens and pigs it uses annually. The Miami-based company is pledging to switch to 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2017 and to eliminate gestation crates for breeding pigs. While other chains already use some cage-free eggs, the news marks the first time a major U.S. fast-food chain is going completely cage-free. “For more than a decade, Burger King Corp. has demonstrated a commitment to animal welfare,” said Jonathan Fitzpatrick, the company’s chief brand and operations officer, in a press release . “We are proud to announce these new, industry-leading commitments that support meaningful standards of humane treatment in our ...

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