The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated Announces Major Progress Towards Eliminating Gestation Crates From Its Pork Supply
CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated (NASDAQ: CAKE) has announced progress toward its longstanding goal of eliminating gestation crates from its pork supply. As detailed in its recently released 2021 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, the company expects it will transform 75% of its U.S. pork supply to be entirely crate-free by the end of 2022, thanks to a unique partnership with its strategic suppliers.
Specifically, The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated has begun aligning its nationwide contracted pork supply with standards that prohibit gestation crates during sow 16-week pregnancy cycles and prohibit confining breeding sows unless 24 square feet of usable floor space per animal.
“The welfare of all animals throughout our supply chain is of critical importance to us,” said Megan Bloomer, vice president of sustainability for The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated. “We are on the path to eliminating gestation crates and thanks to our valued pork suppliers, we are able to further improve the welfare of sows in our supply chain by aligning with these standards. We strive for 100% compliance for cage-free gestation. »
“By making such significant progress towards the complete elimination of gestation crates, The Cheesecake Factory is once again demonstrating its commitment to animal welfare,” said Josh Balk, Vice President of Farm Animal Welfare. for the Humane Society of the United States.
For more information on The Cheesecake Factory’s animal welfare commitments and other CSR efforts, please visit https://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/corporate-social-responsibility/.
About The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated
The Cheesecake Factory is a leader in experiential dining. We are forward-thinking in cuisine and relentlessly focused on hospitality. Delightful and memorable experiences created by passionate people – it defines who we are and where we are going. We currently own and operate 307 restaurants in the United States and Canada under brands such as The Cheesecake Factory, North Italia® and a collection within our Fox Restaurant Concepts business. Internationally, 29 The Cheesecake Factory restaurants operate under licensing agreements. Our Bakery Division operates two facilities that produce quality cheesecakes and other baked goods for our restaurants, international licensees and third-party bakery customers. In 2022, we were named to FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list for the ninth consecutive year. To learn more, visit www.thecheesecakefactory.com, www.northitalia.com and www.foxrc.com.
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About the Humane Society of the United States
Founded in 1954, the Humane Society of the United States leads the great struggles to end the suffering of all animals. With millions of supporters, we take on puppy mills, factory farms, trophy hunts, animal testing and other cruel industries. Together with our affiliates, we rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year through the work of our animal rescue team and other hands-on animal care services. We fight against all forms of animal cruelty to realize the vision behind our name: a humane society.
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