Metz makes promise to source humanely raised pork

The management company is following the Clemens Food Group's Farm Promise program.

WILKES-BARRE, Pa.–Metz Culinary Management has become the first foodservice management company to support the Clemens Food Group’s Farm Promise program. The new initiative is a three-part, USDA Process Verified program that allows Metz  to guarantee that all pork products bearing the Farm Promise seal come from healthy pigs, raised since birth in a caring, comfortable, low-stress community.

“Metz Culinary Management wants our clients and guests to know that our purchasing decisions are driven by bettering the health and welfare of animals and the environment,” said Craig Phillips, vice president of purchasing with Metz, in a press release. “We’ve always prided ourselves on being an industry leader in this area and the Farm Promise program is the most recent example.”

Metz says it will replace as much of its pork supply as possible with Clemens Food Group product bearing the Farm Promise seal. The company has already converted 25,000 pounds of pork supply to the new Farm Promise product line.

The Farm Promise verified program consists of a three-step verification process, ensuring: Free to Roam crate-free communities, Source Assured traceable product back to farm and PQA+ Certified Standard of Care.

Free to Roam guarantees that pork product with the Farm Promise seal of approval comes from happy, healthy hogs housed in groups where they are free to roam during the gestation period.

All Farm Promise pork products are Source Assured, which means the product can be traced back to the farm where it was raised, allowing guests to enjoy the finest, healthiest, most flavorful pork imaginable each and every time.

PQA+ Certified Standard of Care verifies that Farm Promise animals are raised with humane care, optimized diets and customized nutrition to ensure the highest quality of life, and live in a protected, safe environment at every stage of their life.

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