Wienerschnitzel, the world’s largest hot dog chain, is the latest quick-serve food company that has committed to phasing out gestation-sow stalls from its supply chain. The Galardi Group, Irvine, Calif., which is the franchisor of Wienerschnitzel, has cited 2022 as the stall-free deadline.
There are 350 Wienerschnitzel locations in California and a dozen other mostly Western states. Approximately 10 percent of the units are company owned, with the rest handled through franchises. The chain serves more than 120 million hot dogs annually.
“The move toward a gestation crate-free environment is consistent with Wienerschnitzel’s commitment to provide the highest-quality food; and we support the efforts of pork suppliers to ultimately eliminate the use of gestation crates,” stated Alan Cline, the company’s director of purchasing and product development. “Moving forward, we will be requesting from our pork suppliers their plans to phase out the use of gestation crates from their supply chains by 2022.”
Wienerschnitzel’s announcement was released on Tuesday by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
“By eliminating gestation crates from its supply chain, Wienerschnitzel is taking an important step in improving the lives of animals,” stated Kristie Middleton, HSUS outreach manager. “Consumers care about how farm animals are treated, and cramming them in cages where they can barely move for virtually their entire lives is simply out-of-step with those values.”
Beyond hot dogs, Wienerschnitzel’s menu includes, hamburgers, bacon, corn dogs, pastrami and sausages. The Galardi Group also owns Tastee Freez, a chain of ice cream stands, and The Original Hamburger Stand. Main competitors, McDonald’s, Nathan’s Famous, Dairy Queen, In-N-Out Burgers
McDonald’s and Kraft (Oscar Mayer) are among the companies that have set deadlines for pork suppliers to end the use of gestation-sow stalls. The deadlines that companies are setting for the pork production sector to accomplish this task varies from 2015 to 2022.