TrustHouse Services Group says it will eliminate pig gestation crates from its pork supply chain. The Charlotte-based company is the country’s sixth-largest food service business, operating 670 dining locations in 44 states.
As part of its new initiative, TrustHouse is working with its suppliers to phase-out gestation crates within the company’s supply chain by 2017. It is also calling on the entire pork industry to set a timeline on eliminating gestation crates.
“American consumers clearly oppose the idea of confining a mother pig in a cage so small she can barely move her entire life,” says Mark Fortino, president of FitzVogt, a TrustHouse division. “Eliminating gestation crates within our supply chain is the right thing to do for the animals, family farmers, our company and our clients.”