Nestlé announced its eggs will be cage-free by 2020

Nestlé announced its eggs will be cage-free by 2020

Nestlé is responsible for creating many of America’s favorite brands of ice cream, cookies and other treats. They report that they use about 20 million pounds of eggs annually to make their products. In a recent press release, Nestlé announced its eggs will be cage-free by 2020.

“Our products are in the fridges and pantries of socially-conscious consumers across the United States, and we share their belief in the importance of responsibly-sourced ingredients,” said Paul Grimwood, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA. “The move to using exclusively cage-free eggs is one more way that we’re responding to consumers and establishing a precedent for farm animal welfare.”

Matt Rice, the director of investigation at Mercy for Animals worked with Nestlé to establish the new policy on eggs. He told food and environment news site TakePart that the company wanted the policy to apply to all hens it sources from around the world. “But they were running into trouble with the global supply chain, which is more complicated,” he said. “They’re working on a deadline” to go cage-free globally, including in China, Rice added.

Nestlé is also working with World Animal Protection, a global animal welfare organization, to work with suppliers on animal health issues.

We are proud to partner with Nestlé who are listening to their customers’ concerns and putting animal welfare at the forefront of their purchasing power,” said Martin Cooke of World Animal Protection. “They are taking a responsible approach to their sourcing of eggs, which will ultimately improve the lives of millions of hens. Major food companies like Nestlé have the power to bring about positive change at every level of the supply chain.”

Nestlé also announced in 2015 that they would remove all artificial coloring from their products.

For the full press release from Nestlé.

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2. “Nestlé To Use 100% Cage-Free Eggs For All U.S. Food Products By 2020.” Nestle. Nestle n.d. Web. 02 Jan. 2016.
3. “Nestlé Says Its U.S. Eggs Will Be 100-Percent Cage-Free by 2020.” TakePart. TakePart, n.d. Web. 02 Jan. 2016.

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