Burger King commits to cage-free eggs in Thailand

05-06-2020 | | |
Thailand is home to 60 million hens. Photo: Sinergia Animal
Thailand is home to 60 million hens. Photo: Sinergia Animal

Burger King has committed to using only free-range eggs in all of its 115 restaurants in Thailand.

By 2027, Burger King will transition to 100% cage-free eggs in the Thai market,” – Burger King.

After dialogue with animal protection NGO, Sinergia Animal, the company has implemented this free-range egg policy, which applies to all of their existing restaurants as well as to all future locations in the country owned by Minor International, the sole franchise owner of Burger King in Thailand. The practice of sourcing cage-free eggs is relatively new to the food industry in Thailand, which is the third-largest hen and duck egg producer in Southeast Asia after Indonesia and Malaysia, and home to 60 million hens, according to the Thai Department of Livestock Development. The majority of these hens are currently kept in battery cages. Burger King follows Thailand’s retailer Tesco Lotus which announced in September 2019 that all eggs will be cage-free by 2028. The company has more than 2,000 stores throughout Thailand.

Promoting cage-free egg production in SE Asia
Aeres University of Applied Sciences (Aeres) in the Netherlands has partnered with consultancy firm Global Food Partners (GFP) to establish a training centre to offer farmers the necessary training and tools to ensure long-term sustainability and competitiveness in cage-free egg production in Southeast Asia.

Natalie Kinsley Freelance journalist