On Tuesday, Bon Appétit Management Co.—which caters at more than 400 corporate and university locations in 31 states—announced that it would be tightening restrictions on its animal-welfare standards for meat and dairy sources. The major food-service company pledged to discontinue sourcing from farms that use battery cages, gestation crates, or veal crates, and to eliminate the use of foie gras altogether. In an interview with The Washington Post, Co-founder and CEO Fedele Bauccio states, “I really believe that everything stems from factory farms. Everything from the issues of safe food to public health to the dead zones in the ocean to what seeps into the waterways. It’s disgusting.” The company also pledges on its website to serve food that bears in mind the needs of vegan and vegetarian diners.
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