At TGI Fridays, we are committed to working with our vendor partners across our entire supply chain to make improvements. This goes beyond chicken and includes our use of seafood and other animal-based proteins. Our goal by 2024 is to ensure that our suppliers utilize sustainable and humane methods of raising, housing and processing meat. This goal has not and will not change.
Regarding welfare of chickens, we will:
- Source only chicken breeds that are approved by Global Animal Partnership (GAP) as having higher welfare outcomes;
- Source only chickens that are given improved space allocations, per GAP’s standards;
- Ensure all chickens sourced have an improved environment, including litter, lighting and enrichment, per GAP’s standards; and
- Source only chickens that are more humanely processed, through a multi-step, controlled-atmosphere system.
The marketplace of GAP certified suppliers has not developed as robustly as necessary to supply GAP certified chicken and other animal products. While we encourage our suppliers to become GAP certified, we also recognize other animal welfare certifications that may be equivalent in terms of the animal welfare outcomes with some GAP standards. These other certifications indicate progress toward our goals of improved welfare for chickens.
In the U.S. for 2022, 45% of our chicken purchases are American Humane certified which indicates important progress toward our animal welfare goals. For instance, both GAP standards and American Humane standards require improved space allocations, improved environmental standards for litter, lighting and enrichments, and third-party auditing. Additionally, another 37% of chicken purchases are third-party audited to meet National Chicken Council welfare standards which, like GAP standards, require improved space allocations and certain environmental improvements. In total, more than 80% of our U.S. chicken purchases meet one or more of our animal welfare goals for chicken detailed above.
We will ensure our suppliers are in compliance with this commitment via third-party auditing. As of 2019, TGI Fridays is 100% sourcing cage-free eggs in the U.S. (hard-cooked, liquid, and shell).
Our commitment to responsibility also extends to ingredient integrity and clean label enhancements. We are reviewing all our ingredients and are removing/avoiding ingredients with added MSG or artificial trans fats. We continue to review each ingredient in our recipes with the goal of removing artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives. This is in conjunction with our efforts to reduce sodium on our menu items.
We are on a sustained but committed journey to provide the best products for our Guests by working closely with our suppliers to source safe, sustainable, high-quality ingredients from farms, fields and oceans.