Aramark was one of five US food businesses celebrated by Compassion in World Farming for notable work to improve animal welfare standards at the Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards. The event was held in Berlin on June 28 and was created to demonstrate that awareness of farm animal welfare is quickly rising in the public and business consciousness, according to Compassion in World Farming.
In order to qualify for this award, companies must either currently source 100% cage-free eggs, or have committed to achieving this within a 5 year timeframe. At the end of 2015, Aramark completed the transition to purchasing 100% cage-free shell eggs in the U.S. Aramark is also working to transition purchases of liquid, pre-cracked, eggs in the U.S. by 2020, or sooner if possible.
Aramark’s mission to enrich and nourish lives means providing safe, nutritious, quality food, and the company’s commitment to animal welfare aligns with the mission and is part of its responsible sourcing platform. Aramark announced its Animal Welfare Principles and Policy in April 2015, and has continued to make progress against its commitments. The principles and policy represent the company's global position on farm animal welfare and also provides details on our purchasing commitments specific to the U.S.
“While the egg industry experienced significant fluctuations in product availability and pricing over the last few years, we worked in partnership with our suppliers to ensure sufficient supply of third party certified cage-free shell eggs. In purchasing 30 million shell eggs each year in the U.S., we impacted the lives of 115,000 hens,” Said Scott Barnhart Aramark Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Procurement.
Rachel Dreskin, Food Business Manager for Compassion in World Farming said: "We congratulate all of our US award winners, whose policies and practices will benefit millions of animals each year. Cage confinement for hens will soon be a thing of the past."
Good Egg Award Winners
Aldi Nord (Retailer - DE)
Aramark (Food Service - US)
Clarence Court (Manufacturer - UK)
Compass (Food Service - US)
Ecoterra (Manufacturer - Chile)
Five Guys (Food Service - UK)
Greene King (Food Service - UK)
Gourmet Burger Kitchen (Food Service - UK)
Happy Egg Co. (Manufacturer - US)
Harry's (Manufacturer - FR)
McDonald's (Food Service - AUS)
McDonald's (Food Service - NZ)
Mitchells & Butlers (Food Service - UK)
Monoprix (Retailer - FR)
Pret (Food Service - UK)
Pret (Food Service - US)
Procuratio (Food Service - DE)
Rema 1000 (Retailer - NO)
REWE (Retailer - DE)
Tchibo (Food Service -DE)
For further information on the Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards run by Compassion in World Farming, please contact:
Nina Farley at: firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-812-2081
Notes to editors:
Compassion is recognized as the leading international farm animal welfare charity. It was founded in 1967 by Peter Roberts, a British dairy farmer, who became concerned about the development of intensive factory farming. Compassion in World Farming's Food Business team engages with the world's leading food companies, inspiring progress through prestigious awards and supporting products and initiatives which represent tangible benefits for farm animals. We also encourage higher-welfare food purchasing in the public sector. To find out more about the work of the Food Business team, visit www.compassioninfoodbusiness.com.
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) delivers experiences that enrich and nourish people’s lives through innovative services in food, facilities management, and uniforms. United by a passion to serve, our 270,000 employees make a meaningful difference each day for millions of people in 21 countries around the world. Aramark is recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE, rated number one among Diversified Outsourcing Companies, as well as among the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Learn more at www.aramark.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
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