Radlo Foods is to phase in the use of cage-free barns with the intention of achieving it within ten years.

The company said it is the "first major egg producer" in the US to officially implement a phase-out of cage confinement systems.

Dave Radlo, CEO said: "We're proud to officially pledge to stop using cage confinement systems and implement a plan to become an exclusively cage-free company within ten years."

However, Radlo Foods was informed that Egg-Land's Best has terminated its franchise agreement with the company.

Radlo said: "We are extremely disappointed and surprised by this development. Radlo Foods is one of the Founding Franchisees for Egg-land's Best, and has been recognised as being a leader in food safety processes and the humane treatment of its flocks."

Radlo Foods is a producer and distributor of eggs and egg products.