DineEquity, Inc., Owner of IHOP and Applebee’s, to Eliminate Pig Cages from Supply Chains

  DineEquity, Inc., Owner of IHOP and Applebee’s, to Eliminate Pig Cages from
  Supply Chains

    Move Reflects Ongoing Commitment to Responsible, Sustainable Sourcing

Business Wire

GLENDALE, Calif. -- January 23, 2013

DineEquity, Inc., the parent company of iconic restaurant brands IHOP and
Applebee’s, today announced a new policy that will eliminate the use of
gestation crates from its pork supply chain for its more than 3,500

Kevin Mortesen, DineEquity’s Vice President, Communications, released the
following statement about the company’s new policy:

DineEquity, and our franchisees who own and operate Applebee's and IHOP
restaurants, are committed to ensuring our guests enjoy delicious meals
featuring ingredients that are produced and sourced as responsibly and
sustainably as possible. As part of that commitment, we hold our suppliers to
the highest standards of quality and integrity. This includes practices
regarding animal welfare, such as our previously announced pledge to increase
the use of cage-free egg products.

Today, we are pleased to announce that DineEquity expects all of our vendors
to phase out the practice known as “pig gestation crating.” By 2020,
Applebee's and IHOP will only serve pork products that are produced without
the use of gestation crates. We recognize there are challenges to meeting this
goal, but as one of the world’s largest full-service restaurant companies, we
are confident our suppliers will meet our expectations and work with us to
achieve this objective.

About DineEquity:

Founded in 2007 and based inGlendale, California,DineEquity, Inc., through
its subsidiaries, franchises and operates restaurants under the
Applebee’sNeighborhood Grill & Barand IHOP brands. With more than 3,500
restaurants combined in 18 countries, over 400 franchisees and approximately
250,000 team members (including franchisee- and company-operated restaurant
employees),DineEquityis one of the world’s largest full-service restaurant
companies. For more information onDineEquity, visit the company's web site

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Kevin Mortesen
Vice President, Communications
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