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This week, Dunkin’ Brands Group became the latest big restaurant chain to commit to pork produced without the use of gestation crates, a growing movement that has won commitments from a slew of other restaurant chains and foodservice providers, from McDonald’s and Burger King to Sodexo and ARAMARK, and even supermarket chains such as Kroger and Safeway have promised to make the shift. For Dunkin’ and the other companies, the commitment kicks off a process that starts with requiring their U.S. suppliers to outline a plan to phase out the crates in the coming years, as the Associated Press reported. Realistically, the change won’t come overnight — instead, it will take years for farmers to make the shift.

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