Qdoba Mexican Eats® and Jack in the Box® Announce Support of Efforts to Improve the Welfare of Broiler Chickens

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Qdoba Mexican Eats® and Jack in the Box®
restaurants today announced their support of an industry-wide effort to
improve the welfare of broiler chickens.

“We’ve always been committed to the well-being of animals in our supply
chain,” said Lenny Comma, chairman and chief executive officer. “As
examples, in recent years we’ve worked with our suppliers to improve
housing environments for egg layers and sows.

“In an effort to better understand broiler welfare from a variety of
perspectives, we engaged in lengthy discussions with several important
stakeholders, including our poultry suppliers and industry
representatives. We also had very helpful discussions with
animal-welfare organizations — specifically with the Humane Society of
the U.S. and Compassion in World Farming — who helped us better
understand these broiler welfare issues and who engaged with us in a
productive and constructive manner. What these discussions have taught
us is that changes in these and related practices would need to be
systemic and industry-wide. Accordingly, we look forward to working with
other members of the foodservice industry, the broiler supply chain, and
animal-welfare experts, to help drive the improvements that we’re

The broiler supply chain changes that Qdoba and Jack in the Box have set
as a goal to achieve by 2024 include the following:

  • Switching to broiler breeds approved by Global Animal Partnership
    (GAP) as having higher welfare outcomes;
  • Reducing stocking density in barns, per GAP standards;
  • Enhancing the birds’ living environments, including improved litter,
    lighting and enrichment, per GAP standards;
  • Switching to a multi-step controlled-atmospheric stunning that will
    help ensure that birds are rendered unconscious before processing.

“Once these advancements are in place, we will verify compliance via
third-party audit of our suppliers’ broiler practices,” Comma said. “We
also intend to report periodically on our suppliers’ progress towards
achievement of the GAP standard.”

About Jack in the Box Inc.

Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK), based in San Diego, is a restaurant
company that operates and franchises Jack in the Box® restaurants,
one of the nation’s largest hamburger chains, with more than 2,200
restaurants in 21 states and Guam. Additionally, through a wholly owned
subsidiary, the company operates and franchises Qdoba Mexican Eats®,
a leader in fast-casual dining, with more than 700 restaurants in 47
states, the District of Columbia and Canada. For more information on
Jack in the Box and Qdoba, including franchising opportunities, visit www.jackinthebox.com
or www.qdoba.com.


Jack in the Box Inc.
Brian Luscomb, 858-571-2291