BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Noodles & Company plans to work on improving the treatment and living conditions of animals it uses for meat and dairy products.
The Colorado-based company on Friday announced it is partnering with Compassion in World Farming to roll out a series of initiatives focused on broiler chickens, dairy cows and pigs.
“We pride ourselves on our commitment to providing our guests with delicious, freshly cooked food made from the best ingredients, and we recognize that humane animal farming practices are both critical to ensuring sustained food safety and high quality, and an important consideration for informed consumers,” Noodles & Company Interim CEO and CFO Dave Boennighausen said in a statement.
By 2024, Noodles & Company aims to transition to using breeds of chicken that “drive significantly higher welfare outcomes,” improve the birds’ living conditions and move to a more humane slaughtering process.
The company also plans to improve the treatment of cows and pigs in its supply chain by eliminating the practices of tail docking and teeth clipping.
Treatment and welfare of animals in the factory farming industry has been under increasing scrutiny in recent years and other companies, including Denver-based Chipotle, have made efforts to implement more humane practices.