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Tracking the Change to Cage Free

Caged HensEvery day, it seems, we see a new big name restaurant or food company announce that they are going cage free.

The list below comes from Anna Roth on Civil Eats. And it’s frankly astounding.

As we’ve said before, this is great news for hens, and people, and it’s long overdue!

However, we continue to caution that this scale of demand will incentivize the very same producers who have been running caged factory farms all these years to convert their operations to cage free. This cannot fail to be an improvement, but given these companies’ histories, we should remain somewhat skeptical about how truly humane the new systems will be. They will certainly continue to be massive in scale, and no chickens in these systems will ever see the outdoors. This is why we’re confident that there will continue to be demand for our Certified Humane, Free Range eggs from Nellie’s (and companies like ours!) and our support for small, human scale farms.

 

By end of 2016Shake ShackTaco Bell

By end of 2017Au Bon PainBurger KingHilton

By end of 2019Compass Group

By end of 2020AramarkArby’sBarillaCaribou CoffeeEinstein Bros. BagelsMondelez International (2025 in Europe), Nestlé, Panera BreadPeet’s CoffeeStarbucksUnileverWendy’s

By end of 2022California Pizza KitchenQuizno’sRoyal Caribbean Cruises

By end of 2025Campbell SoupCarnival CruisesCon AgraDunkin’ DonutsFlowers FoodsGeneral MillsJack in the Box (though plan to “transition the majority of our egg supply to cage-free by 2020”), Kellogg’sMcDonald’sNorwegian Cruise LinesSodexoSubwayTargetTGI Friday’sTaco John’s

By end of 2026Denny’s

TBD (have announced intention but not timeline): Cheesecake FactoryCostcoHyattMichael FoodsRembrandt FoodsWal-Mart

Who’s missing from the list?

Major grocery corporations like Kroger and Safeway; Target is the only one that has committed to a date. Costco and Wal-Mart, two of the nation’s largest egg retailers, have both announced their intentions but have no timeline.