Oscar Mayer: Transition to alternative housing for gestating sows

10-07-2012 | | |
Oscar Mayer: Transition to alternative housing for gestating sows

The Oscar Mayer brand (owned by Kraft Foods) announced today it will work with its pork suppliers to transition from traditional gestation stall housing to pregnant sow housing alternatives by the end of 2022.


While the Oscar Mayer brand does not raise pigs, the plan is to source all pork from suppliers who can provide pregnant sow housing that safely allows for greater movement for the animal, while ensuring their comfort.

“At Oscar Mayer, we believe quality meat begins with quality animal care.  We are committed to finding better ways to keep animals healthy and in a safe environment while treating them with respect,” said Sydney Lindner, associate director, corporate affairs for Oscar Mayer.

“This is not only important to us, but also to our consumers who care about animal well-being and comfort.”

Animal welfare

The Oscar Mayer brand has a history of finding better ways. It is working with animal care experts, suppliers and their farm families to find alternatives to traditional gestation stalls that provide quality animal care, consider worker safety, and are adaptable for farm families of all sizes to implement.

Headquartered in Northfield, IL, USA, Kraft Foods is the world’s third-largest food company. Marketing biscuits, confectionery, beverages, cheese, grocery products and convenient meals in approximately 170 countries, Kraft Foods had 2011 revenue of $54.4 billion. Twelve of the company’s iconic brands – Cadbury, Jacobs, Kraft, Lu, Maxwell House, Milka, Nabisco, Oreo, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Tang and Trident – generate revenue of more than $1 billion annually. 

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