Bon Appétit Takes Stand for Animal Welfare


PALO ALTO, Calif. — California’s Bon Appétit Management Company, which operates more than 400 cafés for corporations, universities, museums and specialty venues in the U.S., has released its farm animal welfare.

“I have never forgotten the terrible things I saw when touring factory farms,” said Fedele Bauccio, cofounder and CEO of Bon Appétit Management Company, while discussing the reason for the policy.

“We have to send the message that [some farming] practices are unacceptable. If the supply doesn’t catch up by our deadline, we’ll do what we have to — even if that means cutting back on bacon.”

According to the policy, Bon Appétit will: require the pork it serves be produced without gestation-crate confinement systems; switch its pre-cracked liquid eggs to hens living in cage-free farms; eliminate foie gras and veal from its menus; and increase efforts to find the most responsible meat, poultry and egg producers — those who have received at least one of the four highest animal-welfare certifications.

The company reforms are expected to be in place by 2015.

Photo by Sarah Piper, Bon Appétit

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