World’s largest McDonald’s franchisee following fast-food chain’s commitment
SAN JUAN – Arcos Dorados, the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee, announced Thursday that it will source 100% cage-free eggs by 2025.
The decision, the company said, reinforces its commitment to animal welfare, along with its practices in sourcing animal products including cattle and chickens.
To fulfill this commitment, Arcos Dorados said it will work closely with farmers, suppliers and experts in animal behavior to evaluate how the company can support farmers throughout the transition and maintain the 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 José Valledor, vice president of Supply Chain of Arcos Dorados. “Once again, our supply chain is primed to surpass our clients’ expectations and fulfill growing demand,” he added.
The commitment by Arcos Dorados reflects a similar commitment by McDonald’s Corp. in the mainland U.S. and Canada to exclusively source cage-free eggs by 2025.
“Animal welfare has become a prominent topic within the framework of corporate social responsibility in Latin America. We welcome Arcos Dorados’ decision to improve animal welfare within its supply chain by only stocking cage-free eggs as of 2025,” said Elissa Lane, deputy director of the Animal Production Department of Humane Society International (HSI). “We are very pleased to continue working with Arcos Dorados on this topic and other animal welfare related issues.”
Arcos Dorados is the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee in terms of systemwide sales and number of restaurants, operating the largest quick-service restaurant (QSR) chain in Latin America and the Caribbean.
It 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 more than 2,100 McDonald’s-branded restaurants with over 90,000 employees and is recognized as one of the best companies to work for in Latin America.
In Puerto Rico, the company operates 105 McDonald’s restaurants and employs more than 4,000 people throughout the island.