Morrisons to sell exclusively free range eggs
Morrisons originally committed to move away from caged eggs by 2025 after listening to a consumer campaign, but has now met that target five years early.
Morrisons has become one of the first major UK supermarket to sell exclusively free range eggs, according to a statement released by the company. The commitment will mean all Morrisons eggs will come from hens that have outdoor access for at least eight hours each day, as well as nest boxes with wide perches and spaces for scratching and dust bathing.
Morrisons has also announced that it is continuing to work on ensuring 100 percent of eggs used as ingredients in products also come from free range eggs by 2025. The supermarket is dropping the price of a pack of six free range eggs from 80p to 75p in a bid to make them more affordable and the normal choice for shoppers.
Connor Black, Direct Sourcing at Morrisons, will be speaking at Food Integrity 2020. To find out more about his contributions and about the event as a whole, click here to find the agenda and speaker list.
“Improving animal welfare is very important to customers and it is very important to us. We source our eggs directly from farms and have worked hard to help them all move to free range,” said Robert Hofmann, Morrisons Egg Buyer.
“All our eggs will come from hens that are able to roam freely outdoors – typically during daylight hours – and then return to nest boxes in the evening.”
“It is great to see Morrisons achieving their commitment to be 100 percent free range on shell eggs ahead of their 2022 target. Momentum on ending the use of cages for laying hens is growing and Morrisons are leading the way. Importantly, they also have a 2025 cage-free commitment on the eggs that go into processed and ingredient foods,” added Dr Tracey Jones, Director of Food Business at Compassion in World Farming, which campaigns to end factory farming.