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

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.

Broiler Chickens

While FOCUS Brands is not directly involved in raising, transporting or processing broiler chickens, we are committed to working closely with suppliers to evaluate new techniques and emerging technologies to ensure the humane treatment of chickens throughout the production process.

Specifically, FOCUS Brands will work with suppliers that by 2024 produce chicken in alignment with standards set by the Global Animal Partnership (GAP), an international farmed animal welfare certification program.

Our goal is by 2024, to do the following per GAP’s higher welfare standards:

  • Source only chicken breeds approved as having higher welfare outcomes
  • Source only chickens that are given improved space to reduce stocking density
  • Provide improved living environment to include lighting, litter, and enrichment
  • Process all chickens more humanely through a multi-step, controlled-atmosphere processing system
  • Demonstrate compliance with the above standards via third-party audits

We understand that science, industry and standards in the area of farming and animal welfare will be updated as time goes on. As such we will continually work toward best standards in areas of broiler chickens and other proteins. We seek to make constant progress together with our suppliers, community and partnerships.