‘America Runs on Dunkin’: the popular marketing campaign launched a few years ago by Dunkin’ Donuts, one of the world’s ten largest coffee and doughnut chains, may imply merely a national success story. That, however, is not the case.

Nearly 30% of Dunkin’s restaurants are outside of the U.S., with 1,600 locations in Asia, including South Korea, China, and Japan. When Lever Foundation realized that Dunkin lacked a global cage-free egg commitment, it saw an opportunity to change the lives of hens in its supply chain.

In August 2021, Lever worked with Inspire Brands, the parent company of Dunkin Donuts, Arby’s, Sonic, and other major QSR chains, to secure a global cage-free commitment by 2025 from Dunkin’ that would cover all markets. Inspire had previously issued cage-free commitments for its other QSR brands that use eggs, Arby’s, and Sonic, but not for Dunkin’.

Thanks to the work and efforts of Lever’s team, egg-laying hens in Dunkin’s supply chain in Asia and elsewhere will enjoy improved living conditions and will be spared a lifetime in cages, while Dunkin’s international customers will have access to safer and more humane food.

The announcement came on the heels of similar pledges made by competitors Krispy Kreme and upscale coffee chains Caribou Coffee and Au Bon Pain, each of which also worked with Lever Foundation on setting global cage-free egg commitments.


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