Arcos Dorados, the world’s largest franchisee of McDonald’s restaurants, has committed to serving only eggs from cage-free hens at its Latin American restaurants by 2025.
The move follows an announcement made by the McDonald’s in September 2015, when the company revealed that all of the eggs it serves in its restaurants in the U.S. and Canada will come from cage-free farms, also by 2025.
In a press release, Arcos Dorados stated that it will work in close collaboration with farmers, suppliers and experts in animal behavior to evaluate how the company can support farmers throughout the transition and maintain the high quality of its restaurant supply.
“As the pre-eminent brand in Latin America, we are committed to being at the forefront of industry best-practice initiatives. We will continue to ensure that our customers are consuming high quality products, in accordance with animal welfare policies,” said Jose Valledor, Vice President of Supply Chain of Arcos Dorados. “Once again, our supply chain is primed to surpass our clients’ expectations and fulfil growing demand,” he added.
Where Arcos Dorado operates
Arcos Dorados has the exclusive right to own, operate and grant franchises of McDonald’s restaurants in 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries and territories, including Argentina, Aruba, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela. The company operates or franchises over 2,100 McDonald’s-branded restaurants with over 90,000 employees.