Dunkin’ Donuts announces stance on cage-free eggs, pledging to fully transition all its egg-based products to cage-free eggs by 2025.
It took over half an year for Dunkin’ Donuts to finetune its position on the type of produce it will use in its products. To the content of animal welfare activist groups, the company has now reached a conclusion. By 2025, all egg-based products sold in the Dunkin’ Donuts stores across the United States will be produced with cage-free eggs.
The first time Dunkin’ Donuts announced its considering changing the company’s stance on the type of eggs it uses was in March. With a lot of back and forth and position shifts, Dunkin’ Donuts announces stance on cage-free eggs.
Quite timely we might add, as several other companies have pledged to do the same in similar timeframes. After all, nobody wants to be associated with some of the cruelest farming practices there is: mass-production of hens raised in airtight cages all along. Perhaps consumer pressure played a crucial role in this attitude shift. Nonetheless, Christine Riley Miller, who is the senior director of CSR for the Dunkin’ Brands declared that the company bears responsibility for the humane treatment of animals. At the same time, she stressed the importance of the matter for both Dunkin’ Donuts customers and the franchise community.
The Massachusetts-based company announced the decision to transition to cage-free eggs alongside the Humane Society of the United States. In the same spirit, Dunkin’ Donuts also plans to purchase pork solely from suppliers that don’t use gestation crates for the animals. The timeframe for this transition is 2022. With ambitious planning, the goals could be met.
Public awareness and public pressure will be increasingly higher now, demanding the company sticks to its pledges. Regarding the transition to cage-free eggs, the perspective is a lot brighter for about 1.4 million hens yearly.
Josh Balk with the Humane Society of the United States where he is a senior food policy director stated that Dunkin’ Donuts is iconic. In addition, it is one of the largest egg users. From this standpoint, transitioning to cage-free eggs should significantly infer change in the egg industry.
Other companies have made similar pledges with respect to using cage-free eggs. Panera, McDonald’s and Starbucks plan to cut the use of battery-farmed eggs in five to ten years. Taco Bell plans sounds more ambitious as the company plans to be battery-farmed eggs free by next year.
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