Kraft Heinz Company announces pledge for cage-free eggs
1 March 2016 • Author(s): Victoria White
The Kraft Heinz Company has announced it will transition to using 100% cage-free eggs in all North American operations by 2025.
The company says the decision is part of continuous efforts to improve sustainability in its supply chain.
“Reflecting our mission ‘To Be the Best Food Company, Growing a Better World,’ we’re committed to responsible, sustainable practices extending to every facet of our business,” said Michael Mullen, Senior Vice President of Corporate and Government Affairs, The Kraft Heinz Company. “Making the move to source our eggs exclusively from cage-free hens builds on progress made by both Kraft and Heinz in previous years and reinforces our continuing pursuit of animal welfare improvements throughout our supply chain.”
Kraft Heinz sources eggs in North America primarily for use within its Sauces portfolio including for brands likeMiracle Whip, Heinz Mayo and Kraft Salad Dressings. The company defines cage-free eggs as those laid by hens allowed to walk, nest and engage in other behaviours in an open area.
“We appreciate the people at Kraft Heinz working diligently to make this commitment a reality,” said Josh Balk, Senior Food Policy Director for the Humane Society of the United States. “Many animals will have better lives because of it.”
The company says the announcement demonstrates a broader commitment to corporate responsibility. “Consumers have growing interest in responsible supply chain practices, and with Kraft Heinz products in over 98 percent of North American households, we’re committed to having an ongoing dialogue on the things that matter most to them,” said Mullen.
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