ConAgra commits to cage-free

by Eric Schroeder
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ConAgra plans to have fully transitioned to cage-free eggs in the U.S. by 2025.

OMAHA, NEB. — ConAgra Foods, Inc. announced it will work toward a supply of 100% cage-free eggs in its U.S. operations by 2025. The Omaha-based company is the latest in a long line of companies, including Mondelez International and Nestle, that plan to make the transition to cage-free eggs over the next 10 years.

“This decision is part of ConAgra’s ongoing commitment to the humane and safe treatment of animals,” said Chris Stockwell, senior vice-president and chief procurement officer, ConAgra Foods. “Since 2011, we have incorporated one million cage-free eggs into our supply chain annually, and today’s announcement reflects the culmination of our ongoing effort to explore cage-free as a viable alternative to traditional egg supplies. We believe that not only is this the right thing to do from an animal welfare perspective, but it also allows us to satisfy growing consumer demand for cage-free eggs.”

ConAgra’s Supplier Quality Program outlines specific expectations for appropriate animal care, and the company continues to expand and refine this program. In addition, the company said it is encouraging all of its suppliers to purchase only from farms that comply with industry guidelines, including those established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food Marketing Institute.
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