Program sets high standard for animal welfare in institutional food purchasing
- Transition to breeds of birds approved by Global Animal Partnership (GAP) based on measurably improved outcomes.
- Reduce stocking density to a maximum of six pounds per square foot (per GAP standards) and prohibiting broiler cages.
- Provide birds enriched environments including litter, lighting, and enhancements that meet GAP’s new standards.
- Process chickens in a manner that avoids pre-stun handling and instead utilizes a multi-step controlled atmosphere processing system that induces an irreversible stun.
- Demonstrate compliance with the above standards via third-party auditing.
As part of its commitment to farmed animal welfare, Burgerville is also working on its beef supply chain, as well as offering plant-based vegan products like its Adzuki Bean Burger. For more information, visit Burgerville.com and its blog, Serve with Love, and follow Burgerville on Facebook and Instagram.
Established in 1961 and headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, Burgerville is an innovative and industry-leading restaurant company with 42 locations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. Over 1,500 employees strong, the hometown favorite brings guests seasonal, local food from 989 Northwest family farms and ranches. Burgerville is built on a tradition based in its mission to “Serve with Love.”
About Farm Forward
Farm Forward is a team of strategists, educators, campaigners, and thought leaders guiding the movement to change the way our world eats and farms. They implement innovative strategies to promote conscientious food choices, reduce farmed animal suffering, and advance sustainable agriculture. Farm Forward is pushing the ceiling of animal welfare by looking beyond incremental suffering reduction on factory farms, towards the institutional and cultural change that will end factory farming.