General Mills sets cage-free egg timeline

by Eric Schroeder
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Company plans to make transition by 2025.

MINNEAPOLIS — General Mills, Inc. has joined The Kellogg Co. in committing to provide 100% cage-free eggs for its U.S. operations by 2025. General Mills first announced it would stop buying eggs that come from caged hens back in July, and this week laid out a timeline in which it plans to reach that commitment. Kellogg unveiled its timeline in late October.

“Eggs are an important ingredient in many of our products, and we strive to ensure that the hens laying these eggs are treated humanely,” General Mills notes in the animal welfare policy portion of its web site. “We are proud that Häagen-Dazs, General Mills’ largest international business, sources only 100% free-range eggs for all its ice cream produced in Europe, while continuing to support and source local ingredients from local farmers and suppliers.

“We commit to working toward 100% cage-free eggs for our U.S. operations by 2025.”

Earlier this year McDonald’s said it would transition fully to cage-free eggs for its nearly 16,000 restaurants in the United States and Canada over the next 10 years, and Dunkin’ Donuts is making a move to transition to 100% cage-free eggs globally and source only gestation crate-free pork in the United States by 2022.
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