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August 29, 2016

Alsea announces transition to 100 percent cage-free egg supply chain

Humane Society International

  • Hen at a cage-free farm. HSI

Alsea, the largest restaurant operator in Latin America, announced it will switch to 100 percent cage-free eggs throughout its entire supply chain in Mexico, Latin America and Spain by 2025. This announcement comes after many years of working with Humane Society International, one of the largest animal protection organizations in the world. 

Alsea operates Burger King, Domino’s, Starbucks, VIPs, Chili’s, California Pizza Kitchen, PF Chang’s, El Porton, Foster’s Hollywood, Pei Wei, Italianni’s and Cheesecake Factory. This policy applies to the three thousand units that Alsea operates in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Brazil and Spain.

Elissa Lane, deputy director of HSI Farm Animals, said: “We praise Alsea for taking corporate social responsibility and its customer’s concerns about animal welfare seriously by adopting a cage-free egg purchasing policy. This commitment by Alsea will improve the lives of countless animals and sends a clear message to the egg industry in Mexico and the rest of Latin America that cage-free is the future of egg production.” 

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Alfonso Tinoco, director of Responsible Consumption at Alsea, stated: “Today’s announcement proves that Alsea is committed to farm animal welfare, which is increasingly important to our customers. We are convinced that collaboration with different key players will make a difference to improve animal wellness."

Most egg-laying hens in Mexico are confined in wire battery cages so small the animals cannot even fully stretch their wings. A growing number of companies in Mexico have pledged to switch to a cage-free supply chain, including Grupo Toks, Sodexo, Eurest, Subway, Grupo Bimbo, and Unilever, joining more than 200 companies that have done so already in the United States.

Media Contacts:
Mexico: Laura Bravo, laurabravocom@gmail.com, 5554561476
United States: Raúl Arce-Contreras, rcontreras@humanesociety.org, 301-721-6440

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