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September 20, 2016

CMR and Humane Society International form alliance to improve animal welfare in restaurant group’s supply chain

CMR’s commitment will begin with transition to cage-free egg supply chain

Humane Society International, CMR

  • Erin Van Voorhies

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Mexican restaurant operator CMR announced today that it will improve animal welfare standards in its supply chain in Mexico, starting with a transition to a cage-free egg supply chain. CMR made the announcement together with Humane Society International. CMR operates brands Wings, Fonda Mexicana, La Destilería, El Lago, Bistró Chapultepec, Chili ́s, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and The Capital Grille in Mexico.

Georgina Salazar Cabañas, purchasing director at CMR, stated: “At CMR, we aim to strengthen our long-term business goals and reduce our impact on the environment, which includes improved treatment of animals in our supply chain in Mexico.”

CMR will work together with its egg suppliers and HSI to ensure all eggs offered to its customers meet standards laid out in this commitment. The Premium brands Bistró Chapultepec, Capital Grille and El Lago have already achieved this goal, and the rest of the company’s brands will source only cage-free eggs by 2022.

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Sabina Garcia, corporate outreach and project manager for HSI Farm Animals in Mexico, stated: “By adopting a cage-free egg policy, CMR is demonstrating its commitment to corporate social responsibility and to meeting public demand for higher welfare products. We look forward to continuing our work with the company to improve animal welfare in its supply chain and invite other food companies in Mexico to join this national and global cage-free egg movement.”

Joaquín Mier y Terán, CEO of CMR, stated: “Animal welfare is a priority corporate social responsibility issue around the globe, and we’re proud to join this important initiative.”

In Mexico, tens of millions of egg-laying hens spend their whole lives confined in battery cages so small the animals can barely move or fully stretch their wings. CMR joins a growing number of food companies in Mexico that have announced policies to only source cage-free eggs.

HSI Media Contacts:

Mexico: Laura Bravo, 5554561476, laurabravocom@gmail.com

United States: Raúl Arce-Contreras, 301-721-6440, rcontreras@humanesociety.org

CMR Media Contacts:

Marcela Maldonado, 36 11 00 63 ext 265, marcela.maldonado@extrategia.com.mx

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