December 19, 2016
BFFC, one of Brazil's largest restaurant companies, to switch to exclusively cage-free eggs
SÃO PAOLO—Brazil Fast Food Corporation (BFFC), which operates approximately 1,250 restaurants in Brazil, including Bob’s, Yoggi, Doggis, Pizza Hut, and KFC, has committed to sourcing only cage-free eggs throughout its entire supply chain. This policy follows discussions with Humane Society International (HSI) and other animal protection organizations.
In Brazil, most egg-laying hens are confined in wire battery cages, where each hen has about the space of an iPad to spend her whole life. Both common sense and science agree that virtually immobilizing animals for their entire lives causes mental distress and significant physical pain.
Fernanda Vieira, corporate policy and program manager for HSI Farm Animals in Brazil, stated: “We congratulate BFFC for improving animal welfare in its supply chain by pledging to switch to cage-free eggs. BFFC’s cage-free policy is another clear sign that the future of egg production in Brazil is cage-free.”
In its statement, BFFC stated: “One of our goals is to use only eggs from hens not confined in cages, and we are undertaking a public commitment to work together with our supply chain to achieve this goal by 2025."
BFFC joins other leading food corporations that have also committed to switching to exclusively cage-free eggs in Brazil and throughout Latin America. After working with HSI, Burger King and Arcos Dorados, which operates McDonald’s in Brazil and 19 other countries in the region, committed to switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs, as did other leading restaurant operators, totaling thousands of restaurants in Brazil and Latin America alone. Compass Group (GRSA in Brazil) and Sodexo, both leading food service providers in the country, announced a global cage-free policy in partnership with HSI. Alsea, the largest restaurant operator in Latin America and Spain, and Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest bakery company, announced cage-free egg policies after several years of talks with HSI specialists. Other leading corporations like Subway, Unilever, Nestlé, Marriott International and Hilton Worldwide, also have also pledged to go cage-free in Brazil. Take action and donate now to help.
Media contact: Fernanda Vieira, firstname.lastname@example.org, 11 9 8905 3848