Foodservice Distributor Tells HSUS It Wants Suppliers to Move From Gestation-Sow Stalls

North America’s largest foodservice distributor is the latest to announce it wants its pork suppliers to stop using gestation-sow stalls. Sysco officials sent a statement to the Humane Society of the United States that said the company takes its role as a responsible corporate citizen in the food supply chain seriously. The statement goes on to say that while there are many ways to house sows – several customers and suppliers have expressed their desire to eliminate gestation crates from their supply chains. Sysco is therefore committed to working with its suppliers to create a gestation crate-free supply system – and will work with pork suppliers to develop a timeline to achieve that goal. HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle says the decision conveys an emphatic no confidence vote in the pork industry’s production practices. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.