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May 14, 2013

ARAMARK Recognized by Humane Society of the United States for Improving Animal Welfare

Eliminates gestation crates and battery cages from supply chain

ARAMARK – a global professional services provider and the largest U.S.-based food service company – has been named recipient of the 2012 Henry Spira Humane Corporate Progress Award for the company’s work in its supply chain to help improve conditions of farm animals confined in crates and cages.

The Henry Spira Humane Corporate Progress Awards recognizes and celebrates corporations, individual businesspeople and other innovators and entrepreneurs for their contributions to the advancement of animal welfare and to inspire others to include humane concern for animals as a core aspect of corporate responsibility.

In 2012, ARAMARK announced that it plans to eliminate all pork from animals bred using gestation crates from its U.S. supply chain by 2017.  It also announced that it will source all shell eggs within the U.S. from cage-free hens by the end of 2014.

Kathy Cacciola, ARAMARK’S senior director of environmental sustainability, said: “Working in partnership with our suppliers, ARAMARK is taking steps to help move the entire food industry toward improved conditions for animals. These actions exemplify ARAMARK’s long-standing commitment to responsible business practices in the industries we serve.”

Josh Balk, director of corporate policy for the Humane Society of the United States, said: “For the past year, ARAMARK has helped improve farm animal welfare by committing to source all cage-free shell eggs and gestation crate-free pork. We welcome ARAMARK’s tremendous progress and hope more major food companies join this movement.”

“These awards recognize the critical role that the marketplace plays in addressing animal issues and reinforces our commitment to the integration of humane principles within business and industry,” Balk added.

The Corporate Progress Awards are given in memory of Henry Spira (1927-1998), the pioneering animal advocate whose collaborative approach to issues succeeded in persuading many major corporations to join with animal protectionists in pursuit of common interests.

Other companies that received the Corporate Progress Award for their work improving animal welfare in 2012 include Burger King, CeeTox, Sodexo and Consumer Specialty Products Association.

Media Contact:

Anna West, awest@humanesociety.org, 301-258-1518

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