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Wendy’s transition to cage-free eggs will impact about 400 stores that serve breakfast.

DUBLIN, Ohio – The Wendy’s Company announced it will switch to cage-free eggs at its locations in the United States and Canada by 2020. Wendy’s joins other foodservice operators such as Panera, McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and Subway in announcing the change due to animal welfare concerns.

The company’s policies on animal welfare standards for suppliers were developed in consultation with a network of third-party experts including veterinarians, supply chain leaders and animal welfare advocates, the company said. The company’s commitment to source cage-free eggs affects more than 400 Wendy’s locations in the US and Canada that serve breakfast.

“Animal welfare is a core part of our company's role as a responsible corporate citizen,” said Liliana Esposito, chief communications officer. “We’re proud of our commitment to move to 100 percent cage-free eggs for our breakfast items and will continue to incorporate evolving best practices in the areas of animal handling and welfare into our supply chain requirements.”

As part of its commitment to enhanced animal welfare, Wendy’ also committed to phasing out the use of gestation stalls from its pork supply chain by 2022. In November 2015, Wendy’s released a supplier code of conduct which details the company’s expectations on food safety, animal welfare, labor practices and human rights.