The country's ninth-largest grocer, Delhaize America, has announced that it will require its pork suppliers to produce reports regarding their progress in eliminating from their pork supply chains the use of gestation crates.
Delhaize has more than 1,500 locations under the Food Lion, Hannaford and Bottom Dollar brands.
"Consistent with its commitment to animal welfare, Delhaize America is encouraging supplier efforts to eliminate gestation stall housing for sows and move to open pen solutions," states Delhaize in a news release. "The company is asking all suppliers to report in 2014 on their progress in this direction."
Josh Balk, director of food policy for the Humane Society of the United States, applauded the move, noting, "There's simply no future for pork producers who want to continue locking pigs in these inhumane, outdated cages."
The request comes just a few days after Wendy's Restaurant made a similar request.