ConAgra Foods aims to source 100% of US eggs from cage-free producers by 2025.
“This decision is part of ConAgra’s ongoing commitment to the humane and safe treatment of animals,” said Chris Stockwell, senior vice president and chief procurement officer.
“Since 2011, we have incorporated one million cage-free eggs into our supply chain annually, and today’s announcement reflects the culmination of our ongoing effort to explore cage-free as a viable alternative to traditional egg supplies. We believe that not only is this the right thing to do from an animal welfare perspective, but it also allows us to satisfy growing consumer demand for cage-free eggs.”
ConAgra suggested the move was part of its efforts to ensure “appropriate animal care” under its Supplier Quality Program. In addition, the company encourages all of its suppliers to purchase input materials from farms that comply with industry guidelines, including those established by the USDA and the Food Marketing Institute, the company stressed.
ConAgra is the latest in a slew of food firms making the pledge to go cage-free in their US egg supply.
Companies that have set a 2025 deadline include General Mills, who announced the target for its US business in November, and cereal-to-snack maker Kellogg, who set out its own targets a month earlier.