MCLEAN, Va. — Hilton Worldwide has announced plans to stop buying food from companies, which use cages for egg-laying chickens and gestation crates for breeding pigs.

“We are committed to addressing key issues throughout our business and supply chain and responsibly serving our guests and communities in a range of areas,” said Jennifer Silberman, VP, Corporate Responsibility, McLean, Va.-based Hilton Worldwide. “With more than 2,000 restaurants in our global footprint, our goal is to have a considerable impact on sustainable sourcing in our industry as well as drive humane treatment of animals throughout our supply chain.”

Hotels in the Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton brands will be required to switch to buying product from suppliers who provide eggs from cage-free chickens by Dec. 31, 2017. Meanwhile, all pork products will be required to be purchased from suppliers that house breeding pigs in groups rather than gestation crates by Dec. 31, 2018.

Last year, Hilton announced a global ban of the sale of shark fin in all owned and managed properties. These actions are part of the company’s global responsible sourcing strategy.

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