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Animal Welfare

At FOCUS Brands, our family of brands (Carvel, Cinnabon, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Auntie Anne’s and McAlister’s Deli) is committed to the wellbeing and humane treatment of all animals.

While thoughtfully implementing changes in the supply chain will take time, we commit our ongoing cooperation, working with our suppliers, to effect impactful positive changes in the humane treatment of animals.

Our Principles

We are committed to the highest standards of food safety in our restaurants, bakeries and shoppes.

We comply with all applicable FDA guidelines, including those related to the use of antibiotics in animal based protein.

We will seek suppliers that share our values and are working toward common goals.

Our Actions

Our vendor qualification and quality assurance processes are designed to ensure we are sourcing animal proteins, including poultry, dairy and egg products from responsible suppliers who meet our standards and apply industry best practices as it relates to animal welfare.

The company’s internal Quality Assurance team routinely conducts on-site audits or compliance reviews through third party verification programs, validating supplier practices are in compliance with our stated commitment.

Performance Guidelines

We rely on the guidelines established by the following organizations:

  • National Chicken Council (NCC)
  • American Meat Institute (AMI)
  • AUS-Meat Limited
  • American Humane Association
  • National Turkey Federation (NTF)
  • National Pork Board
  • United Egg Producers (UEP)

We are also a sponsor and active participant in the Poultry Welfare Auditor Certification Training held annually by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO), whose mission is to promote the humane treatment of animals through education and certification of auditors.