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Aramark, Campbell's Soup Go Crate-Free

Two companies join others in sourcing pork from gestation crate-free supply chains.

Published on: Aug 22, 2012

Aramark, a uniform company that provides apparel to food service facilities and other companies, and Campbell's Soup, a food company that oversees brands such as Pepperidge Farm, Prego and V8 has recently committed to gestation-crate free supply chains.

On Tuesday, ARAMARK announced it would ask its primary pork suppliers to develop plans for reducing or eliminating gestation crates, and set a final goal for completion of the process by 2017.

Kathy Cacciola, ARAMARK's senior director of environmental sustainability said in a statement that ARAMARK is proud to stand in partnership with other industry leaders and supply chain partners to transition away from gestation crates.

Two companies join others in sourcing pork from gestation crate-free supply chains.
Two companies join others in sourcing pork from gestation crate-free supply chains.

"We're committed to operating responsibly and addressing key issues, including animal welfare, throughout our supply chain and business, and this commitment helps move the entire industry toward the elimination of gestation crates," she said.

ARAMARK has partnered with the Humane Society of the United States to develop a plan for eliminating crate use.

Campbell's Soup has also committed to sourcing crate-free pork, with a completion goal by 2022, though they are "working toward progress" by 2017.

The food company said in a statement that they are "committed to the humane treatment of animals. Not only is animal welfare a key part of our vision for a sustainable supply chain it is integral to our Supplier Code of Conduct."

Campbell's said they would continue to favor suppliers that raise hogs in a gestation crate-free environment in addition to suppliers that can provide audit and tracking reports for sourcing crate-free pork.

Both Campbell's and ARAMARK join other companies, such as McDonald's, Cracker Barrel, Kroger in the move toward crate-free sourcing.