Arcos Dorados is Committed to Improved Animal Welfare in Pork Supply Chain
A leadership move by McDonald’s in Latin America
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- April 11, 2014
Arcos Dorados (NYSE:ARCO) announced plans to further raise its leadership in
animal welfare in its supply chain.
Arcos Dorados announced it will require its pork suppliers to submit
documented plans within two years to limit the use of gestation crates for
sows with plans for alternative group housing.
By the end of 2016, all pork procured by Arcos Dorados, the largest McDonald´s
franchisee in Latin America, will be sourced by producers that can demonstrate
documented plans to promote group housing for their sows. To achieve this,
Arcos Dorados is working very closely with producers, suppliers and other
stakeholders to assess how to support producers migrating to group housing
“We have great relationships and confidence in our suppliers, with a shared
commitment to leading animal welfare practices," said Horacio Sbrolla, Vice
President of Supply Chain at Arcos Dorados Latin America. The goal was
developed with input from its suppliers, pork producers, animal welfare
experts and McDonald´s US.
The move in Latin America follows the commitment by McDonald´s US to end the
use of gestation stalls in its supply chain by 2022. Elissa Lane, deputy
director of Humane Society International (HSI) Farm Animals, said, “Arcos
Dorados’ announcement is important and promising. We support efforts to phase
in group housing for sows, and look forward to working closely with Arcos
Dorados in the coming years to improve animal welfare.”
Dr. Temple Grandin, renowned animal welfare scientist at Colorado State
University and member of McDonald's Animal Welfare Council, said, "This first
step will impact 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The timeline
that Arcos Dorados has outlined will encourage research and identify better
group housing alternatives, while ensuring higher standards of animal welfare.
It is only a first step, but a first step in the right direction. I commend
Arcos Dorados for leading in Latin America on this issue."
About Arcos Dorados
Arcos Dorados is the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee in terms of
systemwide sales and number of restaurants, operating the largest quick
service restaurant (“QSR”) chain in Latin America and the Caribbean. It has
the exclusive right to own, operate and grant franchises of McDonald’s
restaurants in 20 countries and territories, including Argentina, Aruba,
Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Ecuador, French Guyana,
Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St.
Thomas, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela. Arcos Dorados operates or
franchises more than 2.062 McDonald’s-branded restaurants with over 95,000
employees serving approximately 4.3 million customers a day (as of December
31^st, 2013). Recognized as one of the best companies to work for in Latin
America, Arcos Dorados is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:ARCO).
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