EINSTEIN Noah Restaurant Group and Supervalu have announced positions on sow housing to transition pork procurement away from individual stalls to alternative housing for gestating sows.
Einstein Noah last week said it plans to source pork from only stall-free suppliers by 2017, adding that it "is pleased to find out that the majority of our suppliers" already are transitioning away from individual stalls.
The company, based in Denver, Colo., operates 800 restaurants in 39 states, primarily under the Einstein Bros., Noah's New York Bagels and Manhattan Bagels banners.
Supervalu, the fifth-largest supermarket system in the U.S. and a major food distributor to supermarkets, announced on Dec. 14 that it met with suppliers last month to ask them for their plans, to be submitted by 2017, to transition away from individual stalls for gestating sows.
The company, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., operates 4,400 stores across the U.S., including the Acme, Albertson's, Cub, Jewel-Osco and Shaw's supermarkets and the Save-A-Lot discount stores.
It reported 2011 sales that totaled $37.5 billion, but it currently is in talks with other parties for them to buy all or parts of the company as its sales tumble (Feedstuffs, Oct. 29).