Burger King from Popular Restaurants' Positive Chain-ges

Popular Restaurants' Positive Chain-ges

PR Newswire/Newscom
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The home of the Whopper might have failed in its attempts this year to give its menu a healthy makeover (read about it here), but it deserves some credit for being one of the first major fast-food chains to announce a transition to cage-free eggs and an end to working with suppliers that use gestation crates. Gestation crates confine female breeding pigs to a 6.6-foot-by-2-foot space in which they can barely move; this practice is already banned in Sweden and the United Kingdom, as well as a handful of U.S. states.

Although it’s been incorporating more cage-free eggs and has been purchasing gestation-crate-free pork since 2007, BK announced in April that its U.S. supply chain will provide 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2017 and that the restaurant chain will only buy pork from suppliers that prove they’re putting an end to the use of gestation crates.

This attitude appears to be contagious: Red Robin, Sonic, Quiznos, Hardee’s, and Cracker Barrel have made similar announcements in the past year.