Bob Evans Farms, Inc. Wednesday announced the company plans to transition to group sow housing systems by 2025. The company says the move is in accordance with livestock care standards adopted in its home state of Ohio.
"By 2025, we will require all suppliers to source animals from housing systems that provide the animals with ample opportunity for movement and comfort and ensure the safety of the workers who care for them," the company said in a statement released Wednesday. "We believe this is best achieved by transitioning from conventional gestation stall housing to systems that provide greater freedom of movement and individual care and safety."
Bob Evans Farms, Inc. says it is committed to the responsible care of animals that are raised to provide food, and has an obligation to meet the expectations of its consumers on food quality and food safety.
"We also recognize that many challenges exist with respect to sow housing, and that some current systems may not provide ample space for gestating sows," the company statement said.
Bob Evans Farms, Inc., says it solicited the advice of an internal animal well-being committee, as well as academic research and scientific literature to arrive at its decision.
Bob Evans joins other restaurants and grocery chains, including McDonalds, Kroger and Hillshire Farms, in its commitment to a crate-free pork supply.