World’s largest food company makes cage-egg free commitment

Nestlė, the world’s largest food company, has announced its commitment to eliminate cages from its egg supply chain worldwide. This policy will be adopted by all of Nestlė’s locations in 189 countries. In New Zealand, Nestlė has committed to a phase-out date of 2025. This announcement is part of an ever-growing worldwide movement to free hens from cages. SAFE worked alongside members of the global coalition, the Open Wing Alliance, to enable this worldwide commitment. 

“This year, we’ve seen a huge swell of companies committing to go cage-egg free, including all of New Zealand’s major supermarkets,” says Campaigns Director, Mandy Carter. “It is heartening to see that companies are listening to demands from their customers and helping to eliminate the worst practices in factory farming.”
Earlier this year, supermarket giant Countdown announced its commitment to go cage-free in New Zealand by 2025. They were followed by Foodstuffs who committed to be cage-free by 2027 across all their stores. Other companies in New Zealand who are already cage-egg free or have named a future phase-out date include Wendy’s, Pita Pit, McDonald’s, Burger King, Compass Group, Sodexo, Mondelez and General Mills.


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3 November 2017