Boston-based café bakery Au Bon Pain has announced it is committed to ending the use of gestation-sow stalls and will require its pork suppliers to completely phase out the stalls by 2017. 

“Animal welfare and humane treatment have been important values to Au Bon Pain and our customers,” Au Bon Pain’s CEO, Sue Morelli, said in a news release. “Our announcements today reflect those values and continue our commitment. Au Bon Pain also is requiring suppliers to outline timelines and steps to achieve these goals.”

In addition to eliminating the use of gestation-sow stalls, Au Bon Pain also said it will be switch to using cage-free eggs for its menu by 2017. In 2009, the company released a statement that it would use cage-free eggs at their Massachusetts locations, but the latest announcement now encompasses all of the chain’s locations.   

Au Bon Pain’s announcement marks the second company this week to support sow housing alternatives. On Tuesday General Mills said it “will favor pork suppliers that provide actionable plans by 2017 to create traceability and end their use of gestation crates within the U.S. pork supply chain.” Read more here.