Move Reflects Ongoing Commitment to Responsible, Sustainable Sourcing
GLENDALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 23, 2013--
DineEquity, Inc., the parent company of iconic restaurant brands IHOP
and Applebee’s, today announced a new policy that will eliminate the use
of gestation crates from its pork supply chain for its more than 3,500
Kevin Mortesen, DineEquity’s Vice President, Communications, released
the following statement about the company’s new policy:
DineEquity, and our franchisees who own and operate Applebee's and
IHOP restaurants, are committed to ensuring our guests enjoy delicious
meals featuring ingredients that are produced and sourced as responsibly
and sustainably as possible. As part of that commitment, we hold our
suppliers to the highest standards of quality and integrity. This
includes practices regarding animal welfare, such as our previously
announced pledge to increase the use of cage-free egg products.
Today, we are pleased to announce that DineEquity expects all of our
vendors to phase out the practice known as “pig gestation crating.” By
2020, Applebee's and IHOP will only serve pork products that are
produced without the use of gestation crates. We recognize there are
challenges to meeting this goal, but as one of the world’s largest
full-service restaurant companies, we are confident our suppliers will
meet our expectations and work with us to achieve this objective.
Founded in 2007 and based in Glendale, California, DineEquity, Inc.,
through its subsidiaries, franchises and operates restaurants under the
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP brands. With more than
3,500 restaurants combined in 18 countries, over 400 franchisees and
approximately 250,000 team members (including franchisee- and
company-operated restaurant employees), DineEquity is one of the world’s
largest full-service restaurant companies. For more information
on DineEquity, visit the company's web site at www.dineequity.com.
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Source: DineEquity, Inc.
Vice President, Communications