Restaurant giant, DineEquity, Inc., became the third company this week to announce their decision to end the use of gestation-sow stalls in their pork supply chain. DineEquity’s policy change will affect food served at 3,500 IHOP and Applebee's restaurants.

In a news release, Kevin Mortesen, DineEquity’s Vice President of Communications, reiterated the company’s commitment to serving guests “delicious meals featuring ingredients that are produced and sourced as responsibly and sustainably as possible.”  

The company plans to phase out gestation-sow stalls by 2020.

 “We recognize there are challenges to meeting this goal, but as one of the world’s largest full-service restaurant companies, we are confident our suppliers will meet our expectations and work with us to achieve this objective,” Mortesen said.

Two other companies, café bakery Au Bon Pain and General Mills, also announced this week that they would move their pork suppliers away from gestation-sow stalls. Click here to read more.