Animal Welfare

At Denny's "We Love to Feed People" and these people, our guests, love to eat meat! Feeding people, therefore, comes with great responsibility to responsible sourcing and supply chain management. We know how we do things matters so how the products in our supply chain are sourced; how the animals in our supply chain are cared for; and how we lead and participate in supply chain evolution for the sensible health and welfare of the animals have been and remain important parts of our sourcing strategy and requirements. We are proud of our long-standing commitment to animal welfare and to support the following initiatives:

Cage-Free Eggs

In 2016 Denny's proudly announced its pledge to source and serve 100 percent cage-free eggs in all U.S. restaurants by 2026. We've been committed to quality food and a true diner experience for over 60 years and this is just another way of honoring that commitment.

Responsible use of Antibiotics

Denny's supports the responsible application of antibiotics for the sole purpose of maintaining animal health managed through veterinary oversight. Additionally, Denny's has committed to eliminate the use of medically important antibiotics in all chicken served at Denny's U.S. locations effective with purchases beginning March 1, 2019.

Cattle

We continue to emphasize our purchase preference with suppliers who use polled breeding stock versus the practice of dehorning cattle.

Hogs

Since 2012, we have been committed to sourcing our pork from suppliers that practice the limited use of gestation crates for the housing of sows.

Turkeys

Since 2011, we have been using suppliers that practice the most humane slaughter method (CAK), and have proudly received recognition from PETA for our commitment.

Broiler Chickens

Denny's understands the issues surrounding the welfare of broilers in the supply chain and stands in support of the humane treatment of these animals. Denny's has been a longtime proponent of humane stunning methodologies for all agricultural animals, including but not limited to chickens. As well, Denny's goal is to accomplish the following for our supply chain by 2024:

  • Transition to strains of birds that demonstrate higher welfare outcomes that meet the criteria of the RSPCA Broiler Breed Welfare Assessment Protocol or Global Animal Partnership (GAP).
  • Reduce stocking density to a maximum of 6 lbs./sq. foot and prohibit broiler cages.
  • Provide birds enriched environments including litter, lighting, and enrichment that meets GAP's new standards.
  • Process chickens in a manner that avoids pre-stun handling and instead utilizes a multi-step controlled atmosphere processing system that induces an irreversible stun.
  • Demonstrate compliance with the above standards via third party auditing.