Following in the footsteps of fellow food-service giant Bon Appetit Management Co., Compass Group USA, whose UK-based parent company is the world’s leading food service provider, has announced its intention to phase out the use of gestation crates in its US pork supply chain by 2017. Compass Group, which purchases 38 million pounds of pork each year for use at approximately 10,000 American dining facilities, has shown its support for animal-welfare issues in the past: In 2007, the company began exclusively sourcing its eggs from cage-free farms and, in 2010, it partnered with the Humane Society of the United States to launch its Be a Flexitarian initiative, which expanded meat-free options at its various locations.
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