LATIN AMERICA - The largest operator of McDonald’s restaurants in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee, has announced plans to switch to 100 per cent cage-free eggs in its supply chain by 2025.
Arcos Dorados is the largest fast food restaurant chain in Latin America and the Caribbean, and operates more than 2,100 McDonald’s restaurants in 20 countries in the region.
The decision follows similar moves by restaurant chains, retailers and food service groups across North America and Europe. Mexican restaurant company Grupo Toks also recently committed to a cage-free supply chain. Arcos Dorados has made the policy move after years of dialogue with animal welfare organisation Humane Society International (HSI).
Arcos Dorados stated: “As the pre-eminent brand in Latin America, we are committed to being at the forefront of industry best-practice initiatives. We will continue to ensure that our customers are consuming high quality products, in accordance with animal welfare policies… Once again, our supply chain is primed to surpass our clients’ expectations and fulfil growing demand.”
Elissa Lane, deputy director of HSI Farm Animals, said: “Arcos Dorados’ admirable move makes clear that egg production's future is cage-free, and we look forward to working with more companies on similar policies.”ThePoultrySite News Desk