There are 232 companies monitored in Egg Track of which 103 operate globally, 52 just in North America, 76 in Europe and 2 in the Asia-Pacific region. Of these firms, 175 (75.4%) report progress against their cage-free commitments, an increase from 71% in 2021, with an average of 79.1% transition to cage-free. Of the companies that reported global progress, their cage-free sourcing increased from 55.2% to 63.1% in the past 12 months.
“…we can see that cage-free eggs are swiftly becoming the industry standard.”
One firm that has successfully achieved 100% cage-free production throughout its global business is Danone, which believes animal welfare is a key pillar of its regenerative agriculture strategy. Cees Hollander, global farming expertise manager at Danone, said that when the company first committed to cage-free eggs and ingredients, it knew it wouldn’t be able to do it overnight and that it was vital to work with suppliers.
Dr Tracey Jones, global director of food business at Compassion in World Farming, said companies “still forging ahead with their cage-free commitments should be applauded. It’s fantastic to see an increase in global commitments from leading companies who are showing a reasonable transition to cage-free.”