Effective September 1, 2012, all ground beef served in Bon Appétit cafés must come from suppliers that have met the strict standards of one of four independent animal-welfare organizations. (Beef purchases from small, local producers who are registered through the company’s Farm to Fork program will continue to be accepted.)
The companywide “moove” is a step toward Bon Appétit’s commitment to the most sweeping changes in our meat supply of any food service company, by the aggressive date of 2015. As part of a groundbreaking announcement from February, we vowed to purchase at least 25% of our beef, pork, and poultry from ranches and farms whose practices have been certified by Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC)’s Certified Humane® program, Animal Welfare Approved, Food Alliance, or Global Animal Partnership. These four groups are independent, not industry-led, and have high animal-husbandry standards.