By 2028, all eggs sold at Thailand’s retailer Tesco Lotus will come from layers that were kept in cage-free constructions.
In a press release at the website of Tesco Lotus, it is said that the announcement shows the commitment of Tesco Lotus to upgrade levels of animal welfare in Thailand under the group’s Sustainable Sourcing Policy. The company has more than 2,000 stores throughout Thailand.
Apart from banning cages in their egg production process, the retailer has also announced the ban on the use of packaged pork from pigs that were raised by sows kept in crates during gestation by 2027.
Chris Comerford, chairman of the board of commerce at Tesco Lotus, said: “Pork and eggs are important products for our customers in Thailand. Tesco Lotus sees the opportunity to raise the standard of procurement of these products beyond the requirements and laws in Thailand regarding food safety and animal welfare.”
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Earlier, holding company Tesco in the UK announced that they are aiming for cage-free production by 2025. It is expected that the Tesco Lotus team will learn from the experiences in Europe. At the moment eggs from case-free production systems are for sale in 550 Tesco Lotus Express stores.