In June 2018 Ethical Consumer received a questionaire response which stated: "Compassion in World Farming is a strategic partner to us and we have developed species specific welfare policies as well as an overarching animal welfare policy. CDG was the first hospitality company to announcement a commitment to source 100% free range eggs across all brands by 2022 and were awarded a Good Egg Award for this position." Ethical Consumer also viewed the animal welfare policy found on Casual Dining Group's website which stated that "We insist that all UK and overseas suppliers comply with UK and EU legal welfare requirements as a minimum. In addition, our farms uphold the principles of the RSPCA’s Five Freedoms to ensure the health and welfare of animals throughout our supply chain. These standards are independently audited by certification bodies."
However, Ethical Consumer in January 2019 viewed the menus for Casual Dining Group's brands and saw that the companies were selling meat and dairy products not labelled as organic or free range.
As a result Casual Dining Group was marked down under Animal Rights and Factory Farming and lost a whole mark in each of these categories.
www.casualdininggroup.com (28 June 2018)