Metz makes pork farm promise

Humanely raised pork is moving onto the menu of products at Metz Culinary Management, headquartered in Dallas, Pa. The management company is supporting Clemens Food Group’s Farm Promise program, a three-step verification process, which ensures crate-free communities, product traceability back to the farm and quality of life for the animals, including humane care, optimized diets, and a protected, safe environment at each stage of their lives. Clemens Food Group is a hog farming, production and logistics company.

Metz is joining the Farm Promise program as one component of “a three-part USDA Process Verified program allowing Metz to guarantee that all pork products displaying the Farm Promise seal come from healthy pigs, raised since birth in a caring, comfortable, low-stress community,” a company announcement states.

“It is our duty to try and make the world a better place,” explains Craig Phillips, vice president of purchasing at Metz. “It is my goal and intention to convert any pork product I can to the Free to Roam product line as it becomes available.”

With 25,000 pounds of pork supply, or 15% of Metz accounts, already carrying the Farm Promise seal, the company is working to increase that figure. “Metz [has accounts] from Maine to Florida and the number of operations varies state to state … but the goal is to use it everywhere I can,” Phillips says.

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