Unilever’s Hellman’s Light mayonnaise is set to be made using cage-free eggs in the US.

Hellmann's Light will be the first mayonnaise product, which is rolling out in stores now, to contain cage-free eggs, Unilever said.

The firm said today (24 February) that it intends to change all its mayonnaise products to cage-free eggs over time.

"Hellmann's is made from real, simple ingredients - vinegar, oils rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6, and eggs," said Jamey Fish, Hellmann's senior brand manager. "Hellmann's understands that people are increasingly attuned to what's in their food and where it comes from and that's why Hellmann's Light is now moving to 100% cage-free eggs, keeping with the brand's commitment to 'Real Food' using simple ingredients."

The eggs used in Hellmann's Light Mayonnaise (and other recipes) will be 'American Humane Certified,' a certification programme administered by the American Humane Association (AHA).

Hellmann's said it aspires to change all of its 'Real Food' mayonnaise recipes - Real, Canola Cholesterol Free, Olive Oil, and Low Fat Mayonnaise Dressings - to cage-free eggs once a certifiable and consistent supply becomes available in North America.