The TORIDOLL Group uses eggs, chicken, pork, and other animal products as raw materials in a variety of food products that we serve to our customers. For this reason, we aim to ensure the highest product quality and ethical standards in all the food products that we offer.
Animal Welfare Policy
At the TORIDOLL Group, we are deeply grateful for the blessing of life and recognize our responsibility for that life. Therefore, we consider the animal welfare of livestock throughout our entire supply chain to be important.
The TORIDOLL Group supports the “Five Freedoms” as set out by the World Organization for Animal Health and promotes the procurement of livestock that have been raised in accordance with the “Five Freedoms”.
The Five Freedoms:
- Freedom from hunger, malnutrition and thirst;
- Freedom from fear and distress;
- Freedom from heat stress or physical discomfort;
- Freedom from pain, injury and disease; and
- Freedom to express normal patterns of behavior.
The TORIDOLL Group engages in animal welfare initiatives based on the following three standards of conduct with due attention to the sanctity of life.
- We respect and abide by the laws, ordinances, and regulations of each country and region on animal welfare. In addition, we will engage in procurement activities that consider international frameworks on animal welfare.
- We work to promote animal welfare initiatives including livestock breeding management, improvement of production systems, and technological innovation.
- We work to improve animal welfare through the promotion of traceability, disclosure of information, and dialogue with stakeholders.
Initiative for Egg-laying Hens
In accordance with our Animal Welfare Policy, the TORIDOLL Group is striving to source eggs in a sustainable manner.
We already exclusively use cage-free eggs in our brands operating in the United Kingdom (Marugame Udon and SHORYU) and the United States (Marugame Udon). All our brands*¹ in all other countries and regions (excluding Japan) are also committed to switching all eggs (shell eggs and processed eggs)² used to cage-free eggs by the end of FY2030 with the exception of Pokeworks that aims to completely transition to cage-free eggs by FY2023.
In Japan, we will strive to procure eggs raised in accordance with “Guidelines on the Breeding Management of Egg-laying Hens according to Animal Welfare Principles” as issued by the Japan Livestock Technology Association. As an additional step forward in Japan, we aim for (ten) 10 Marugame Seimen restaurants to completely switch to cage-free eggs by the end of FY2022. Then by the end of FY2023, for three percent (3%) of all restaurants in Japan to switch to using cage-free eggs, followed by subsequent annual increases.
In addition, we will promote animal welfare programs including cage-free eggs in cooperation with governments, animal welfare organizations, etc., according to the standards and social environment of each country and region.
¹For new brands to be added in the future, we will separately consider the goal of transitioning to cage-free eggs. Brands in which we hold less than 50% of the shares will be excluded from consideration.
²egg components in other companies’ products and eggs in additives are not included in this scope.