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Sodexo on track to meet cage-free, open sow housing commitment

Company says 70% of its total egg spend in U.S. to be cage-free by spring 2018.

Sodexo announced this week that its U.S. operations are on track to meet their global commitment to source only cage-free eggs by 2025. By adding hard-boiled eggs to its cage-free commitment — which already includes shell and liquid eggs — 70% of its total egg spend in the U.S. will be sourced from cage-free products by the spring of 2018.

Additionally, the company said its 12,500 accounts in the U.S. will begin to source pork products this fall from sows in open housing, all as part of its broad commitment to improve the humane treatment of animals in its supply chain.

"As one of the largest foodservice providers in the world, this is the right decision for us," said Jim Pazzanese, vice president of supply management. "These changes will have a positive impact on our organization, the environment and, ultimately, on our business. Our customers care about where their meat comes from and how animals are treated, and we want to give them the satisfaction of knowing their products are being sourced ethically and are sustainably raised."

In 2015, Sodexo announced its animal welfare commitment that encompassed changes to its supply of eggs, chicken, pork, dairy and beef. Improving the sustainability of its supply chain comes as a result of a rigorous process to gather opinions and evolving preferences of nearly 15 million Sodexo customers served every day in the U.S.

Sodexo USA is the U.S. business of a global Fortune 500 company with a presence in 80 countries. Delivering more than 100 services across North America that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life, Sodexo is a leading provider of sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations.

In the U.S., it employs 123,000 people at 12,500 sites across the country and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional U.S. jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $30 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America affected by hunger.

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