The Standards and Regulations of Applegates’ Distribution, Trade, and Transport

By Rebekah Kurisu

#8 Economic Distribution of Applegate Farms Chicken Nugget Naturals

Sodexo’s supplier code of conduct specifies minimum requirements for suppliers that include global workplace rights, no child labor, no forced labor, freedom of association, non-discrimination, wages and benefits, reasonable working hours, and health and safety guidelines. Applegate must meet these minimum requirements in order for its products to be used by Sodexo and therefore at PLNU’s cafeteria. Applegate also follows many other regulations for the processing, transport, and distribution of its meat. As of 2005, Applegate had “12 slaughterhouses, 18 processing plants, and 350 wholesale customers” (Fenn, 2005). Applegate reports to have third party auditors who inspect these slaughterhouses and processing plants. According to an official representative, “All chicken products are processed in the United States, and that includes slaughter, to product processing, to packaging, to distribution,” which follow all USDA standards.

Another Applegate employee has stated that the humane slaughter of chickens is done in regards to Dr. Temple Grandin’s standards. A Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and a designer of livestock handling facilities, Dr. Grandin is a leading expert in humane livestock treatment. She has standards for the transportation of animals to the slaughterhouses and practices of slaughter. Good procedures have economic incentives for those involved, as Grandin explains that bruising caused by poor handling of the animals, can cause costs directly to the transporters. By Applegate following these quality standards, they are reducing the risks of financial losses to the transporters. Handling the animals humanely also reduces the risk of injuries to the employees, which decreases loss of work time and pay from medical leaves. Animals that are treated well have a higher quality, which can result in higher sales prices that will affect all of the people involved in the supply chain. These quality standards and requirements can be very beneficial in maintaining financial stability of the people involved in trade, transport, and distribution.

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Sharlin, Krista. (2014). Are there any differences in animal treatment across suppliers and how does Applegate ensure farms are following standards? Answer posted to

The Standards and Regulations of Applegates’ Distribution, Trade, and Transport

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